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Redskins selling shirt commemorating Griffin-Luck “showdown”

Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, AP

The history of football is very short on highly anticipated preseason games.

There have been long-awaited debuts and first looks at new coaches, but those have always been focused on one team and not on the matchup that you’ll be watching on the field. The Redskins are trying to change that.

Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post‘s D.C. Sports Bog points out that the Redskins are selling a t-shirt on their website hyping up the “QB Showdown Rivalry” that will take place between Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck on Aug. 25 at FedEx Field. While we understand that Luck and Griffin will always be linked by virtue of going first and second in the same draft, the idea of hyping up a preseason game between the two players smacks of an attempt to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Or a mint, considering that the Redskins are peddling the shirts at $35 a pop.

We’re a little less clear on what exactly a “QB Showdown Rivalry” is, although that doesn’t mean we won’t go out on a limb and say that it isn’t something that can exist in a game that doesn’t count in the standings.

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52 Responses to “Redskins selling shirt commemorating Griffin-Luck “showdown””
  1. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 17, 2012 2:10 PM

    oh danny boy is at it again.. if he could sell tickets to his nephew’s bah mitzvah he would.

  2. karlpilkington says: Aug 17, 2012 2:11 PM

    ugh, dan. you make it so hard for me to constantly defend the skins.

  3. inthearex says: Aug 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    Andrew luck will show the foreskins why he is the qb they wish they had sister!!

  4. benacci says: Aug 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    What a rip off!

  5. doresb21 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:13 PM

    Selling a shirt for a pre-season game? Wow, the Redskins organization is a joke. Just like their QB, all about money, and not about winning. Sad

  6. coltsluckdynasty says: Aug 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    I’m not going to get on here and bash either quarterback, but if dc fans are that desperate to hype a preseason game, then they are the ones truly worried. Of course we know, redskins would have take rg3 first. Go ahead and believe that all you want. I think most people who are smart enough to know football, actually know who the better quarterback will be. 35 dollars for a preseason shirt, go ahead skins fans, knock yourselves out. We will see, I think both QB’s are going to be solid, but if you actually think rg3 will be better than luck, you have to live in the DMV

  7. hollywoodhulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    RGIII is going to be better in that game, this season and for the rest of their careers. Robert Griffin is a REAL Quarterback brother. He and the Redskins will dominate this league this decade period brother.

  8. procre8te says: Aug 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    As a hardcore Redskins Fan all I can say is… Dumb.

  9. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 2:27 PM

    ITS WEAK>>JUST LIKE THE redskins>>>CAN YOU SAY LOSERS>>>LUCK WILL BE A STUD..rg3 IS SO OVER RATED..BUT redskins ALWAYS THINK EVERYONE ON THERE TEAM IS SO GOOD…..NOT…..YOUR A redskins FAN AND THAT IS SAD…15 YEARS PLUS OF BEING IN LAST PLACE YEAR AFTER YEAR…OH WELL

  10. brianforster says: Aug 17, 2012 2:28 PM

    its ridiculous that the redskins would try and score 35$ a pop for these shirts, but that is the beauty of capitalism. we don’t have to buy it.

    as far as the sentiment that this is just another preseason game, well i agree it doesn’t count, id put money on it being one of the most watched preseason games ever.

  11. jahbird says: Aug 17, 2012 2:34 PM

    @doresb21 I understand hating on the skins. Dan Snyder makes it easy. There’s no basis in fact for your assertion that RGIII is all about the money. None whatsoever. Shut up.

  12. k0mbucha says: Aug 17, 2012 2:35 PM

    Free enterprise!! any owner would be a FOOL not to cash in on an opportunity which is what they all do during the preseason anyway considering they all make 100% profit plus some off all the preseason games. So if you have a chance to market 2 of the top picks in the draft he darn sure better seize that chance.

    But then only the blind doesn’t understand the business side of making money.

  13. hollywoodhulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 2:37 PM

    Don’t hate my franchise and owner for smart on the business side. More cash generated = Better facilities, equipment, re-sign crucial players and of course, outbiding WHOEVER we want in Free Agency. Those of you who hate a legendary talent like Robert Griffin are jealous he isn’t your QB or you’ll have to face him/get swept twice a year. Hail to the Redskins brother! Case closed.

  14. capitaloffense says: Aug 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    I don’t how it’s a problem, honestly. This is a business and Dan Snyder is good at business. As long as he stays out of the football decisions, it’s all good to me.

    Oh and fonzisaneaglesfan…we don’t engage in conversation with people unless they Lombardi trophies.

  15. jtbndy says: Aug 17, 2012 2:40 PM

    Rex Grossman will be better than RG3 this year. He’ll have 24 inch pythons that will cause RG3 to faint at the mere sight of them.

  16. goredskins11 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:45 PM

    You know that they are selling this on the Colts Pro Shop too!! And standard shipping is $15.41

  17. PriorKnowledge says: Aug 17, 2012 2:46 PM

    Danny boy may not be able to put a superbowl team together, but he sure is a marketing genius. That guy could sell sand to arabs.

  18. hulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 2:52 PM

    It appears that my Skins and RGIII are a match made in football heaven – both will stop at nothing to overhype themselves and make a buck brother.

  19. baddegg says: Aug 17, 2012 2:52 PM

    One thing you have to give Synder, he knows how to make money (shakes head).

  20. leslies1820 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:54 PM

    I didn’t even spend that much on the tickets for the game! Go Colts!

  21. footballfan01 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:58 PM

    Luck is better.

  22. adlent says: Aug 17, 2012 3:01 PM

    “YOUR A redskins FAN AND THAT IS SAD…15 YEARS PLUS OF BEING IN LAST PLACE YEAR AFTER YEAR…OH WELL”

    *you’re

    1999 didn’t finish last.
    2005 didn’t finish last.
    2007 didn’t finish last.

    Those are the easy years to spot without finding a complete history of the standings.

    Oh… and for all the Eagles success over the last decade plus… how is your trophy case looking?

    Must also say… the t-shirt is stupid and overpriced.

  23. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 3:04 PM

    redskins FANS ARE SAD…rg3 WILL BE THE BIG BUST OF THE NFL THIS YEAR….ALL HYPE ..UGLY LOGO..UGLY COLORS…..EVERY YEAR SAME OLD redskins…
    KEEP LIVING IN THE PAST..LAST PLACE FOR 15 PLUS YEARS…= LOSERS

  24. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 3:04 PM

    redskins FANS ARE SAD…rg3 WILL BE THE BIG BUST OF THE NFL THIS YEAR….ALL HYPE ..UGLY LOGO..UGLY COLORS…..EVERY YEAR SAME OLD redskins…
    KEEP LIVING IN THE PAST..

  25. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 3:05 PM

    redskins FANS ARE SAD…rg3 WILL BE THE BIG BUST OF THE NFL THIS YEAR…

  26. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 3:06 PM

    redskins DON’T MATTER..AT ALL..

  27. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 3:11 PM

    WHY IS ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT THE redskins …SAD TEAM..SAD FANS …OVER 15 YEARS OF BEING THE LOSERS OF THE NFL…redskins WILL ALWAYS BE A BAD TEAM..rg3 OR NOT..THE COACHING STAFF SUCKS..IT MUST HURT REAL BAD BEING A redskins FAN,,,

  28. briang123 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:12 PM

    It should be legal to smack anyone in the face for buying and wearing one of these.

  29. orakpownd says: Aug 17, 2012 3:15 PM

    T-shirts for a preseason game is dumb. But the Owner is a genius on the business side so money will be made. And I guarantee for the majority of the DMV $35 is standard and will be paid.

    oh and @Fonzi

    The Redskins are ALWAYS relevant..thats why OUR news dominate this site

    Win something Noob.

  30. fatguystrangler says: Aug 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    Sorry RGIII brother, but what’cha gonna do when Luck-a-Mania runs wild on youuu???? With all the wrestlers invading this site, I couldn’t resist the urge..

  31. benacci says: Aug 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    Wow Fonzi… just wow.

  32. tiger2471 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:22 PM

    “fonzisaneaglesfan says:
    Aug 17, 2012 3:05 PM
    redskins FANS ARE SAD…rg3 WILL BE THE BIG BUST OF THE NFL THIS YEAR…

    1 1
    fonzisaneaglesfan says:
    Aug 17, 2012 3:06 PM
    redskins DON’T MATTER..AT ALL..”
    _________________________

    Dude what is your obsession with the Redskins?! You better focus on your team, and hope they can make it to the playoffs this year or Andy Reid will be gone and Vick probably won’t be far behind.

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 17, 2012 3:26 PM

    Gruesome will reprise his Harlequin Clown outfit. He finally found the tricorn hat and the matching booties so he can be fully dressed this time.

  34. insanelomein2 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    Im sorry but Im not seeing how you can classify a meaningless preseason game as “The Showdown”.

  35. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 3:41 PM

    OK I’M SORRY…THE redskins WILL GO 2-7 BEFORE THE BYE WEEK…WHICH MEANS LAST PLACE AGAIN IN 2012…AND THE redskins ARE NEVER EVER RELEVANT …I NEVER SEE redskins NEWS ON HERE OR ANYWHERE..THAT’S WHY I’M BUSTING YOUR CHOPS…… redskins AND RELEVANT DON’T MATCH…YOU GUYS KNOW IT…REMEMBER YOU WILL GO 2 – 7 BEFORE YOUR BYE WEEK…GO LOOK..YOU WILL AGREE…AND LIKE ALWAYS redskins FANS KEEP LIVING IN THE PAST…HA HA AND BY THE WAY EAGLES FANS OWN FED EX FIELD..TRY COMING UP HERE TO THE LINC TO GET TIX …YOU CAN’T… FED EX FIELD IS OUR OTHER HOME..THANKS FOR THAT…AND WE WILL BE THERE AGAIN THIS YEAR TAKING OVER….

  36. kanishj says: Aug 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    —–RGIII is going to be better in that game, this season and for the rest of their careers. Robert Griffin is a REAL Quarterback brother. He and the Redskins will dominate this league this decade period brother.—-

    Stupidity like this is why I love seeing the Redskins lose. Onward….brother.

  37. hulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 3:47 PM

    fatguystrangler says:
    Aug 17, 2012 3:19 PM
    Sorry RGIII brother, but what’cha gonna do when Luck-a-Mania runs wild on youuu???? With all the wrestlers invading this site, I couldn’t resist the urge..
    —————-
    Keep hating… Redskins nation is invading this site like RGIII is invading TV commercials with his glorious teeth. I’m willing to admit that Luck will be a much better QB, but that’s not what the ‘Skins care about – all we care about is hype and $$. Hop on the bandwagon brother!

  38. jahbird says: Aug 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    @Fonzi

    Typical internet tough guy with an ALL CAPS persona.

    Skins fans are loyal to fault, maybe you have a point there, but no one respects you. You should know that.

  39. cowboysallday says: Aug 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    Hahahahahaha dumb redskins would promote a preseason game

  40. fonzisaneaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2012 4:23 PM

    YES I KNOW..I GET NO RESPECT..LOL ..ALL IN GOOD FUN..OH AND THE redskin WILL GO 2 – 7 BEFORE THERE BYE WEEK…BANK ON IT…

  41. deddmunnie says: Aug 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    I can think of 34 million reasons why this is OK for the Redskins to do.

    Is it tacky as all get up? YES.

    Are they consistently ranked in the top 5 franchises in the world while also being the most profitable in the NFL for over a decade? YES

    Have they figured out how to use that money to field a winning program NO.

  42. locutus says: Aug 17, 2012 4:38 PM

    To hulkhogan, hollywood and otherwise. Love the act, brother, but no way is RG III going to have a better career over Luck, unless something unforeseen happens. Wish him the best but Luck is the real deal. But do keep on preaching brother!

  43. trollhammer20 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:38 PM

    $35 for a t-shirt commemorating a preseason matchup between two rookies.

    I suppose, if you kept it in mint condition, and both players eventually made the Hall of Fame, you might consider it an investment.

    Of course, if one goes all Ryan Leaf, and the other gets hurt and never realizes his full potential, that’s a mighty expensive rag with which to remove wax from your car.

  44. stophatingburgandyandgold says: Aug 17, 2012 4:52 PM

    Thats funny, I couldnt find this T shirt that the evil Dan Synder is peddling for a preseason game.

  45. stophatingburgandyandgold says: Aug 17, 2012 4:55 PM

    I found it, rediculous, but whatever

  46. ham1 says: Aug 17, 2012 5:15 PM

    Danny is just trying to recover some of that stolen cap money……………that the rest of the non revenue producing teams used. If your teams had a clue you wouldnt need Danny and Jerrah to bail you out. HTTR

  47. jwreck says: Aug 17, 2012 8:32 PM

    doresb21 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:13 PM

    Selling a shirt for a pre-season game? Wow, the Redskins organization is a joke. Just like their QB, all about money, and not about winning. Sad
    _________

    First, two facts and two questions:
    1. The NFL is a business.
    2. the DC area is flush with cash. If they make a shirt, people will buy it.
    3. Since when has making money been a crime?
    4. And since when has making money ever interfered with winning?

    Next up, assuming you’re addressing Griffin’s commercials: as so many people are more than eager to point out, Robert Griffin hasn’t taken a regular season snap yet, how can anyone say he isn’t concerned with winning?

    More importantly, Griff made enough money with those commercials to keep his family comfortable for life. Curtis Lofton could break Griffin’s femur in his first NFL snap (no pun intended, also knock on wood) and the Third might never play football again. The simple fact is, making money while you can is never a bad idea.

  48. k0mbucha says: Aug 17, 2012 9:02 PM

    So what does this say about Jim Irsay considering the Colts are selling the exact same shirts? lol

    http://www.coltsproshoponline.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=7144

  49. skinsaneasylum says: Aug 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    The really sad thing is that Indy is selling these exact same shirts…..yet the Redskins get the
    negative press.

    Keep hating.

  50. indywilson40 says: Aug 19, 2012 2:31 PM

    I think the Luck-Cousins showdown will be fascinating.

  51. slandroid says: Aug 19, 2012 7:57 PM

    The Redskins’ and Colts’ pro shops (and probably all of their merchandising) are both run by the same third party company called MainGate. I’m sure they can imagine nothing better than cashing in on two of their teams at once.

  52. k0mbucha says: Aug 19, 2012 11:47 PM

    indywilson40 says: Aug 19, 2012 2:31 PM

    I think the Luck-Cousins showdown will be fascinating.
    ________________________________

    It’s obvious you’re not a very bright person!

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