Thursday, January 10, 2013

"God Complex"

Dr. James Andrews, renowned orthopedic surgeon - not God, however - declared the surgery on Bob3's knee to be a "success."


Because the first time any doctor in sports comes out and says... "Ewww.. well.. there were a few problems..." you should pretty much assume that athlete is on the fast track to becoming an insurance salesman.

Here's Andrews statement:
"Robert Griffin III had successful knee surgery early this morning. He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction. We expect a full recovery and it is everybody's hope and belief that due to Robert's high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season. 
"The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career."
It is pretty clear, that the specific omission of the words "start of" next to or around the ones "2013 season" was carefully considered. The 2013 NFL season spans a full 4 months, so that give the needed wiggle room to account for unforseen medical setbacks and the natural variability of the human body's response to trauma.

I also take from this the words "hope" and "high motivation" are meant to subtly remind people that full recovery is far from "certain" and that Griffin faces a monstrously difficult mountain of rehabilitation.

A mountain that I think he's more than capable of scaling, for the record.

The last line is also interesting to me. I think the "long professional career" is a direct shot across the bow of the pirate ship Shanahan. LONG career, dummy. 

Or in other words: "If you want my work as surgical god to actually hold, and be lasting, you might not want to rush him back in Week 2 next fall, unless he's really super-duper healthy. Just sayin'..."

And now, for your enjoyment: perhaps the greatest slow burn, low volume, piercing movie "rant" of all time.


  1. I'm sure they're already paying Dr. Andrews a boat load of money, but do you suppose Danny had to chip in a bit more to get him to wear the Redskins beanie?

  2. Alec can't beat calling his daughter a "rude, thoughtless pig" - that might top the God complex.