RGIII is ‘Bob Griffin’ until he earns his nickname, says Osi (Shutdown Corner)
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 de 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.''
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 .
"Bob Griffin", on the other hand, is this guy . Or it's this guy . Or it's a guy buying a gigantic bag of chicken feed at the local farm supply store. Bob Griffin is nearly the opposite of RGIII.
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.
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