The luxury of modern technology is never lost on me. I remember growing up in the 1980's before the Internet as we know it, existed. Back when "snail mail" was just "mail".
When if, as a kid, I wanted to watch "the best" cartoons, I'd get up early on Saturday morning, pour a big ol' bowl of sugar, add some cereal, then proceed to let my mind atrophy for six hours.
Football was once a week. Twice, if my parents let me stay up late and watch 'Monday Night Football' (and that was usually only if the Redskins were playing).
I spent most of my childhood without cable. Television consisted of channels four, five, seven, nine and twenty. If there was a "special report" or the President was addressing the country, all I had then was channel 20.
So it is remarkable to me how absolutely inundated with information we, as a society are, in "the future", the year 2012.
An actor sneezes in Los Angeles, someone tweets "Bless You!" to them, while the CEO of Kleenex is already aboard a private jet, to wipe the actor's nose.
There are innumerable websites out there covering the National Football League. Choosing which site to follow, whose articles and columns to read, is like deciding which oxygen molecules you want to inhale. As in, there's a lot to choose from.
All of this over-saturation of information has led me to a realization. The type of realization that someone has at four in the morning and a fresh, clean brain thanks to a good night's sleep. An epiphany.
I need to do something special. My writing must be unique, if I'm to build more than just a "passing glance" audience. Here's what I've come up with:
It's All In The Details...(vol. I)
Robert Griffin III has got a big, beautiful brain inside that dread-locked cranium of his. I've believed it from the first time I watched an interview of his. Admittedly, at first, I needed more information on this kid if I was to go all in and root for, follow closely and put my faith in, "yet another Redskins quarterback project".
After his first four games as starting quarterback for my beloved Redskins, as objectively as I can say it: Robert Griffin III is FOR REAL.
Everyone sees his athleticism. Everyone is Wow'ed by his sonic-boom producing cannon of an arm. After last week's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the nation, as well as this Redskins fan, discovered IT.
Yes, the ever quoted, perhaps cliched "IT Factor". I find that IT is simply a means of describing the hard to describe.
Last week, I saw Griffin III do something that some 10-year veteran quarterbacks don't or cannot do, draw the opponent offsides. Griffin did this TWICE. And he did it ON THE SAME DRIVE, within two plays of each other.
Griffin III has already mastered the "hard count", a strategy in which the quarterback, while calling out his traditional "HUT-HUT-HIKE" at the line, calling on the center to snap the ball, alters his snap count.
Typically the quarterback's loudest shout comes on the "HIKE". When trying to get the defense to jump offside, he goes loudest in the middle "HUT". His snap count would be "HUT-HUT!-HIKE".
And doing this effectively is harder than it looks, especially because any coach worth his salt is going to warn his defense to "go on the ball". Obviously the quarterback still pulls this off, because as a game's intensity builds, and a player's emotions swell, a defender's mind begins moving more on instinct than on coaching.
Our instincts make us react when we hear a loud noise, so hearing the quarterback shout for the ball, when it's fourth and two, in a one point game, with thirty seconds left to go in the game, and it is YOUR job to stop the runner from getting the first down, you want every advantage you can get.
The quarterback who can fake out a defense once by doing a hard count, is GOOD.
The quarterback who fakes the defense out twice or more in a game, is GREAT.
The quarterback who fakes out a defense twice, on the same drive, in near identical down-and-distance scenarios? Has IT.
And IT leads to greatness.