In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In football, apparently, it’s four interceptions and you’re a goner.
So it went for Rex Grossman, the until-this-past-week starting quarterback for your Washington Redskins. Grossman, after chucking four INTs in a home loss to the Eagles last Sunday, was benched by Coach Mike Shanahanfor someone named John Beck.
While the Skins are a respectable 3-2, the only statistical category in which Grossman leads the league is turnovers, with 11 in just five games. By contrast, he’s thrown only six touchdown passes. Not so good.
Grossman, by all accounts a decent human being, reacted predictably. “For the first four games, I played well,” he told Yahoo Sports. “I could show you to prove it, but it doesn’t matter. At this point, it is what it is.” (Sidebar: When did “it is what it is” enter the lexicon, and can we go back to that day and undo it?)
Callers to sports radio talk shows — the Fix is a devotee of the “Sports Junkies” and Tony “Mr. Tony” Kornheiser — lambasted Grossman, praised Shanahan and lionized Beck in the wake of the benching. This is the same Beck who, by the by, at age 30 has appeared in a total of six professional football games. In his career, Beck has one touchdown pass and three interceptions. Super Bowl, here we come!
Rex Grossman, because this honor is the only thing you are going to win this Sunday, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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