Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 2, one day before Super Bowl XLVII.
Super Bowl chat
We talked about it yesterday but just a reminder to drop by our Super Bowl chat right here on Real Redskins. We’ll get it going right around kickoff at 6:30, see you then!
Don’t read too much into RG3 at awards show
The NFL will announce its major awards in a televised ceremony in New Orleans on Sunday. The other day I was on Twitter with some Redskins fans who were wondering if there would be some sort of video hookup so that Robert Griffin III would be able to accept the Offensive Rookie of the Year award from Pensacola if he wins it. He’s in the Florida panhandle town doing rehab from knee surgery he had three and a half weeks ago. We doubted that he would be cleared for travel so soon after reconstructive surgery.
As it turns out, RG3 will be in New Orleans. Chick Hernandez reports that Griffin was indeed cleared to make the 200-mile trek along the Gulf Coast and he will be in attendance at the awards on Saturday night.
One should be careful not to read too much into this. It does not necessarily mean that Griffin’s rehab is “ahead of schedule” in any way. He hasn’t been cleared to go through airport security and squeeze into a coach seat on Delta. Or even a first-class seat. He is almost certainly going to make the flight of 45 minutes or so on a private plane, presumably Dan Snyder’s if it’s available. It will not be a stressful trip.
That being said, you have to figure that he has not had any kind of setback in his rehab. If there had been an issue due to overwork or, heaven forbid, an infection, he certainly would have been grounded and he would have had to watch the awards show on TV like the rest of us.
Also, the fact that he will be at the awards show does not necessarily mean that he won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Some on my Twitter timeline have hypothesized that Griffin wouldn’t go to the effort of going to New Orleans if he had not been tipped off that he would be accepting the award. That shouldn’t make a difference. As noted, it’s not like he is traveling very far and it would be keeping with Griffin’s character for him to go to the awards show because he is a finalist and he’s been cleared, not because he knows he won.
The awards show is tonight at 9 and will be broadcast on CBS.
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