First it was the socks, then the “no pressure, no diamonds” slogan. Now Robert Griffin III has a new pop culture “thing” he can call his own.
“Griffining”, as my friend at Burgundy Blog dubbed it, is sweeping the cyber world, or at least the part of it inhabited by fans who are pumped up over the quarterback’s stunning debut performance in Washington’s 40-32 win in New Orleans on Sunday. Which means, of course, virtually all Redskins fans.
Like its predecessors “Planking” and “Tebowing”, Griffining involves assuming a pose and having someone take a picture of it, like this:
The origin of the pose came on Sunday after Griffin threw his first NFL touchdown pass. Right after he threw the ball that Pierre Garçon turned into an 88-yard TD, he was shoved to the ground. As he got up he saw Garçon running to the end zone and raised his arms with his index fingers pointing upward. Here’s one view of it:
The Washington Post photographer caught it from the end zone and that picture (you can see it here) became the shot that inspired dozens if not hundreds of others to assume the same pose and have the same picture taken and tweeted for all to see.
Some love it, others hate it. I’m not endorsing the meme here, just letting you know about it and you can decide what camp you’re in.