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And Another Thing


When outrageous isn't outrageous

Maybe it's just a function of age ("Maybe?" you're sneering), but the longer I'm in this business the more I find myself disgusted by it.

Case in point: The tendency in media today to pounce on a quote that isn't at all outrageous and load it up with exclamation points and oh-my-God hysteria.

That's what we're getting right now with Robert Griffin III, presumptive Washington Redskin, who was quoted in the Washington Post as saying he expects to be "the face of a franchise."

Taken by itself, this comes off as incredibly egotistical -- which is why this story headlines that quote.

But read past the headline, and, as with most quotes of this nature, it doesn't come off that way at all. In fact, if you read it in context (think about it for half-a-second), it's just RG III stating the obvious. And doing so almost in passing.

Listen, if he's the second pick in the draft, he will be the face of a franchise. He's a quarterback, and that's what happens when quarterbacks get taken that high. It certainly did when the Colts made Peyton Manning the No. 1 pick in 1998.

So, then. Where's the "story" here?

Take your time answering. I'll wait.

Ben Smith's blog.