Just a brief word on the raging debate regarding last Sunday’s wild card playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. It perfectly illustrates my Jan. 4th post regarding my perception that current sports media coverage is missing the boat.
Firstly, RG3 (Robert Griffin the third) was hurt weeks before this game. He had a strained LCL (Lateral Cruciate Ligament). We knew that. He wanted to play in this game. His coach wanted him to play in this game. I’m sure 99% of Redskins fans wanted him to play in this game. So he played gallantly, and aggravated an already existing injury. Then he was removed from the game.
That’s what happened. That’s it. No debate requested, none required. But almost immediately upon his removal from the game, the steady drumbeat of second guessing and post incident analysis began. The comments, spoken, typed and twittered, poured in. “RG3′s career had been placed at risk by his ‘win at all cost coach’, Mike Shanahan.” “The world famous surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, should not have cleared him to play.” “Dr. Andrews did not clear him to play”. On and on it continues. This is not sports. This is politics. Could I make a more disparaging comparison? Such commentary would more appropriately be aired on Entertainment Tonight, not a media platform purportedly delivering serious sports content.
But this has become so standard, that nobody even notices anymore. When everything turns grey, red only lives as a memory in the minds of those old enough to remember times when such a color actually existed. As generations proceed, grey is all that is needed, talked about, or promoted. “Red is for losers” becomes the prevailing attitude. Well, I say a nice splash of red would do us all a bit of good. That’s not popular, or PC (politically correct), just a pesky little piece of truth.
Being relegated to side note status by national media, the Seahawks, a very young team, with a rookie quarterback, making his first playoff start as an away game, withstood a furious first quarter barrage, and rallied to win a very, very compelling game. Incidentally, Sidney Rice made an unbelievable sideline catch to convert a third down during a crucial drive. Co-incidentally, Marshawn Lynch, having previously aborted a scoring drive by fumbling near the end zone, made a remarkable one handed fumble recovery and ensuing run, to sustain another scoring drive. Oh, and there is much more that can be said along these lines.
Now I ask you, which story line is more compelling? Grey or red?