Quite a game Sunday, wasn’t it?
Just out of curiosity, I checked the websites of The Washington Post and New York Times to see how they covered the game, which the Seattle Seahawks won 24-14 over the Washington Redskins. The photo that was played big: Robert Griffin III twisting his leg. All the headlines were about the Redskins and RGIII. An unknowing reader would have to look hard to figure out which other team was in the game. Quarterback Russell Wilson? An afterthought.
USA Today was similarly Redskin-centric. Its one big photo on the sports cover was Griffin twisting his knee. The headline: “Shanahan blew RGIII call.” On inside pages, headlines were: “Shanahan defends decision on RGIII,” “Griffin takes big beating” and “Shanahan should’ve pulled RGIII.” The only Seahawk seen in a photo was the back of defender Brandon Mebane unsuccessfully trying to tackle, you guessed it, RGIII.
The capper was a column that moved today by Eugene Robinson. It’s entirely about whether Griffin should have been allowed to play Sunday – and never even mentions the team that won. I can understand a Washington-area writer focusing on the franchise player, but c’mon.
Here’s the column. It’s not running in the print edition. Read more »