2:49 PM, Sep 1, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
He was the hope and the future of the franchise, the toast of the city, just three years ago. The Redskins had themselves a rookie quarterback who would return them to glory. And he did actually get them into the playoffs in his rookie season.
But then things started to go bad, the way they do with the Redskins. He was injured, but that was only part of the story.
Robert Griffin III, the quarterback, became the friend and the project of Daniel Snyder, owner of the team. Inevitably, relations between Griffin and his coach, Mike Shanahan were strained. The playoff season deteriorated into a last place, three-win finish, last in the division, with Griffin sitting on the bench and Shanahan out of a job.
New coach, new season, more woes. And where in, say, Indianapolis or Pittsburgh or Bill Belichick land, team tensions and antagonisms are kept in house, in Washington, where everyone talks, the rumors and the insider gossip about the Redskins and their quarterback woes were traded as points of status. The Redskins air their dirty laundry and, in fact, seem to get it dirty just so they’ll have some they can air.
For the last several days, the rumors have swirled. Griffin to be benched in favor of Kirk Cousins. Griffin to be traded. Released outright. Coach to be fired.
Things reached a sort of comic low point when Griffin appeared to support an Instagram petition backing the “impeachment of Dan Snyder.” Only in Washington could people think it possible to “impeach” the owner of a sports franchise. Still, the petition was grimly serious, asserting that
As a Skins Fan I'm disappointed in the way my team used this mans talent and potential to do nothing but raise hopes and make a profit. I don't regret the skins grabbing RG, I do regret having a sorry ass team owner and sorry ass front office who couldn't put a winning coaching staff together who could actually compete for a super bowl. Griffin does not deserve the blame or bad rap, the man has gone above and beyond since day one to the point of injury, while at the same time being a role model of a person.
Griffin quickly stepped in and said that he didn’t do it. It was the work of an intern. Seriously.
In his statement, Griffin declared that
I just wanted to set the record straight on this one. I did not "like" that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team. One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked. That is not how I feel and I appreciate your understanding.
Aug 24, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 47 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Wikipedia defines “startup accelerators” as “fixed-term, cohort-based programs that include mentorship and educational components and culminate” in a “demo day” on which hopeful entrepreneurs make pitches to prospective funders. On August 4, President Obama hosted his own demo day, recasting it to serve a policy goal—that of advancing “inclusive” entrepreneurship and employment. In the East Room he met “a diverse group of entrepreneurs . . .
Apr 6, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 29 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
By happy accident, the city of Philadelphia has been blessed over the years with a number of sports stars who embody the city’s general temperament: pugnacious, diligent, and impolitic. The town has little love for professional athletes in the movie star or gentleman mode. Instead, Philadelphians revere men such as Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Reggie White, Jerome Brown, John Kruk, and Bobby Clarke. The loud tough guys who care about the game.
Everything or, perhaps … nothing.6:12 PM, Jan 31, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Way back when, a Dallas Cowboys running back named Duane Thomas was asked, in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, what it was like to play in the “ultimate game.”
...At The White House Or NFL4:35 PM, Jan 23, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen Hayes on the bad week for the Obama White House and the NFL.
There were Giants in the earth in those days . . . and ColtsJan 19, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 18 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The New York Giants faced the Baltimore Colts, and the winners would be the champions of the National Football League. But while it was a championship game, it did not sell out, meaning television was blacked out in the city where it was played. The Giants had the better record so the game was played in New York. Since the Giants didn’t have their own stadium, built for their game, they played in Yankee Stadium. Baseball was the American pastime. In the mind of the public, football was a college game, played by amateurs.
12:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014 • By GARY SCHMITT
Growing up in Dallas, there is nothing better than living in Washington, D.C., on “Misery Monday”—the Monday after the Dallas Cowboys have whipped the Washington Redskins. And believe me, yesterday was a whipping with the Cowboys defeating the Redskins 44-17.
11:04 AM, Oct 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If you were a member of the Church of Political Correctness and watching ESPN’s Monday Night Football last night (say someone had tied you to a chair and forced it upon you) … well for whom would you have been rooting?
11:25 AM, Sep 27, 2014 • By MITCH PEARLSTEIN
For many, the Adrian Peterson child abuse case spanning Texas to Minnesota has been tough to grasp as, up until several weeks ago, he was viewed by most people who knew anything about him as a good man, not just a great football player for the Minnesota Vikings.
1:32 PM, Sep 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
As the military prepares to take on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering a review ... of the military's ties to the National Football League. This comes "in the wake of the scandal over how the league is handling domestic-abuse allegations against players," reports CNN.
4:06 PM, Sep 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Last night’s contest between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, in that team’s brand new stadium, was hijacked by the zebras. More penalties than plays, it sometimes seemed. And the ratings were off a little but still good enough to beat the Miss America contest. But if a ratings slide were the worst news possible for the NFL, then the league would happily take that.