Robert Griffin III, the man most recently scheduled to be the Redskins' savior, has a nickname — it's RGIII. You know this. But even though he has a nickname, according to Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, it doesn't mean he's earned that nickname.
Until he accomplishes something in the NFL (does an ESPY mean nothing to Osi Umenyiora?), Osi says RGIII is just plain ol' Bob Griffin. Here's Osi's breakdown, which he delivered on WFAN on Tuesday. Via the New York Post:
"Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?'' Umenyiora said. "You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL we're gonna call him RG3. Right now he's Bob Griffin.''
Griffin responded briefly following the Redskins' practice today.
"One of my coaches at Baylor called me Bob. Nobody really calls me Bob … [Osi] doesn't have to call me RG3 at all.''
For some reason, I find the idea of Robert Griffin III being "Bob Griffin" hilarious. Maybe it's because "RGIII" invokes such an athletic, sleek, new-age image. It fits his skill set, athleticism and promise of a better future. RGIII is this.
I'm not pro- or anti-RGIII as a nickname. It's not the most creative thing in the world, and I feel like we've become too accepting of vanilla, initial-based nicknames. That said, though, it does work. The sports nickname landscape is so barren that I'm happy to have it.
If I happened to be a Giants, Cowboys or Eagles fan, though, I'd jump all over "Bob Griffin." If you're a rival to the Redskins, Osi Umenyiora's given you a gift. I'm sure RGIII won't take offense (or at least, will claim that in public), but we know the disrespect intended. Osi is absolutely trying to knock the man down a peg here.
And if you're a Redskins fan, it's good news for you, too. People now at least think enough of you to include you in NFC East trash-talking. It seems like it's only gone back and forth between the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys the last few years. Bob Griffin has at least gotten you invited to the party.
Gracias, DC Sports Bog.