Can be seen in plain focus through the prism of the Washington Redskins and their miscalculations (some would say “delusions”) about quarterback Robert Griffin III. That, anyway, is the way Gabriel Baumgaertner writes it at Sports Illustrated:
Hope is fickle in Washington. It evades the team’s devotees like pessimism greets a fan on 3rd-and-long. And Griffin, the formerly unassailable symbol of promise in a city blunted by political standstill and socioeconomic divisions, is the latest failure among a string of disappointing signal-callers that started with Heath Shuler, who retired two years ago … from the U.S. Congress.
RG3, as he is known, was the Redskins’ deliverance according to the wisdom of the people who are supposed to be wise. The Redskins favored him over the more pedestrian Andrew Luck who will be taking his team – which plays in one of those heartland cities, far beyond the Beltway – to the playoffs while the Redskins are pondering whether they should jettison their quarterback or their coach … or both.
You can make too much of football and the easy metaphors it supplies.