Over the summer, Strasburg emerged as one of Major League Baseball’s best starters, and the Nationals became playoff contenders, a status they appear set to maintain for years to come.
One impressive victory doesn’t suddenly make the Redskins, who went 11-21 over the past two seasons, a playoff-caliber team. It’s still too early to tell whether they’re even a . 500 team.
So why should Griffin get so much credit after only one game? The Redskins have had other productive players, and the team has fooled us before. (Remember Jim Zorn’s 6-2 start in 2008? Remember his 2-6 finish?)
“It’s different. With Robert, you think anything is possible,” outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “It’s just one game, yeah. You understand that. But watching him [during the Saints game] . . . you believe. You just believe in him and where he can help us go. You understand why the fans are [excited]. Man, we’re excited.”
Griffin declined to take full credit for the widespread good mood. But here’s a fact: When a player can become a cultural icon in his first game, he’s something special. Griffin did.
A picture of Griffin seated on the Superdome field holding his arms upright to celebrate his first career touchdown pass has inspired “Griffining”: Nationally, people are dropping to the ground (in airports, schools, wherever) and striking the pose that’s an Internet sensation.
“Who would’ve thought that getting knocked on your butt and throwing a touchdown would start a phenomenon like that,” Griffin said. “Griffining, or RGIII-ing, or whatever they want to call it . . . I’m not opposed to it. But it’s pretty funny to me.”
Griffin and the Redskins could be laughing at the NFL’s expense for a long time. But to keep the party going, they’ll have to beat the Rams, which would surely add to the fun for their fans.
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