Robert Griffin III vs. David Stern

Man Crush of the Week: Robert Griffin III

Somehow I haven’t given RG3 Man Crush of the Week every week he’s been alive, even though he probably deserves it.

When the Redskins traded a million picks for RG3, it seemed like another typical Redskins move that was bound to backfire on them, cripple the franchise for the foreseeable future, all while Griffin presumably would tear every ligament in his knees early in the season.

None of this happened. RG3 is the most dynamic player in football, if not the best. And he’s just getting started.

He’s super humble, despite just setting the rookie quarterback rushing record on Monday Night Football defeating the defending Super Bowl champs. More impressively, the Redskins are now 6-6 and might even make the playoffs as they’re only a game out of the NFC East lead. And he still hasn’t blown out his knees.

Griffin isn’t just Michael Vick 2.0. He’s the complete quarterback. He can actually throw the ball too, currently third in QB rating, just behind Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. He might rush for 1,000 yards. And hasn’t killed any dogs.

On Monday night Griffin wasn’t at his most impressive, having thrown four touchdown passes the week before. But in a game the ‘Skins had to win, he lead them to victory. And even more amazingly, he attended the Wizards game against the Heat, sitting courtside, and the Wizards won their second game of the year, not coincidentally.

Douchebag of the Week: David Stern

In the world we currently live in, Bud Selig is the most likable commissioner in sports, despite him dedicating his life to being just the opposite. But compared to Roger Goodell and his replacement refs and Gary Bettman and his outward disdain for his own sport actually being played, there’s not a lot of competition. Previously David Stern would have been the easy call for most likable commissioner. And he’s done nothing but tarnish his legacy the last couple year.

Starting with the lockout and followed by the Chris Paul Lakers veto, Stern is certainly going out with a bang. But when he decided to fine the Spurs $250,000 for resting their stars, Stern has now stepped into the realm of roster management in an even more invasive way than anyone in sports has before.

Look, what a team does with its players is up to them. I’m pretty sure the Spurs, the most successful organization of the new millennium, knows what they are doing. I mean, Tim Duncan is basically 90. I have no problem resting him. Or anyone, really. Yet because the game was nationally televised against the league’s favorite Miami Heat, it ended up being a big deal. At least to Stern.

Oh, also he hates the Spurs. And this was essentially a personal vendetta against a team being great/boring. A $250,000 fine isn’t just uncalled for, it is obscene. Now it opens up cans of worms where the league can dictate what teams do with their players. It’s a really bad precedent, but hopefully one that won’t last due to Stern retiring.

This week Stern sited random 2010 discussions about reporting injuries, something he must have been desperately looking for as a justification for the fine. Because Stern acted like a child whose parents wouldn’t buy them a new Leonardo action figure even though this one was totally different than one you already had (we’ve all been there).

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Stern is going to allow a team to actually be called the Pelicans. For real.


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