This week's Straight Outta Stockton focuses on ESPN's Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden. We may have Gruden for a limited time, so we need to all enjoy his intense, zany antics while we can. Outside of Dick VItale, I don't know if we've ever seen an analyst as enthusiastic about his sport and every player who takes part. But the funny thing about Gruden is I'm never annoyed by it, it's actually entertaining to see just how far Gruden can go with his admiration of certain players, usually quarterbacks. It's like its own game within the game. And on the plus side, it gives us plenty of good material.
Last night it was Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III who could not escape Gruden's embrace as he led Washington to a victory over the New York Giants. If only ESPN3 could devote a feed to Gruden commentating on RGIII doing every day things like going to the supermarket and brushing his teeth.
"This RGIII, I tell ya Mike, look at his fundamentals. That circular motion is pivotal to his success and great hygiene. Those molars don't stand a chance against a guy like this Robert Griffin. Let me tell ya. He is changing the way people brush their teeth. He's a great brusher, a great leader, and just a great guy. Wow."
Here's the best tweets from last night's Jon Gruden-RGIII love affair...
@NOTSportsCenter "OH MY GOD DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!? HOW AMAZING IS THIS GUY?!?!?"- Jon Gruden, reacting to RGIII taking a drink of water on the sideline #MNF
@RobLoweSports If every Man was as into his Wife as much as Jon Gruden is into RGIII the Divorce Rate in the US would be down to 0% #NOTSCTop10
@AnonymousGamblr Jon Gruden loves @RGIII so much, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to learn he has a back tattoo of his face.
@SportsCenter "He's changing the game with the way he plays the position." - Jon Gruden on @RGIII
@mattufford "What a play by Griffin!" --Jon Gruden after Robert Griffin III fumbled
@ev_sporer Did Jon Gruden really just say the magic of RGIII after a fumble that his team was lucky to recover?
@Dwizzle3 Listening to Jon Gruden talk about @RGIII tonight is going to a broadcasting performance for the ages. "Let me tell you about this guy here"
@dmac002 After the game RGIII will officially put on his Facebook that he is "In a relationship" with Jon Gruden
@MattAharris jon gruden acts like Robert Griffin is the second coming of Jesus and his team doesn't even have a winning record
@ryanofwaco I love that Gruden doesn't think of Robert Griffin as a proper noun. He always says "This RGIII..."
@AlecCampbell5 "This RG3." He's a human Jon. Just call him RG3 or Robert Griffin. #MNF #Gruden
@ethanfbutler Jon Gruden seriously has like a schoolgirl crush on RGIII.
@JerrrdD What Brett Favre was to John Madden, RGIII is to Jon Gruden.
@DaveLozo Jon Gruden just called a potentially crippling fumble by Griffin "the magic of RGIII." So much puke on my floor, guys. So much.
Michael Lombardi on where teams who are looking for a new quarterbackthis offseason will find those players on 1st on the field- Teams that have quarterbacks are going to do the old Stephen Stills song Love the one you are with. It will be hard for teams looking for a new quarterback to find a replacement.
Michael Lombardi on the #1 choice of teams looking for a head coach this offseason on 1st on the field- Chip Kelly is going to be the number one guy. He is the prettiest girl in the school.
@CUbsfan Sorry, Brian Kelly is more attractive than Chip Kelly. The former has done more with what he has. As you know, the NFL draft is a lot different than recruiting superior athletes a la Oregon. I like Chip Kelly, but if you are Chip, why leave Oregon?
Drudown you make a good point there and i was only quoting what Michael Lombardi said about the #1 choice of teams looking for a head coach this offseason on 1st on the field on NFL Network anyways!!!
Michael Lombardi on the current state of mind of 49ers Quarterback Alex Smith on 1st on the field- Alex Smith dosen't need Dr. Phil to come in.
Deion Sanders on which Quarterback the New York Jets will start next week at the Jacksonville Jaguars on NFL Gameday Final-I would start Tim Tebow, but the Jets will start Mark Sanchez.
Heath Evans on which quarterback should start for the San Francisco 49ers for the remainder of the season on NFL Gameday Final- Right here, right now, their best chance is with Alex Smith.
Rodney Harrison on the Jets Starting QB position on Football Night in America- Not Mark Sanchez. Mcelroy came in and he gave them a spark. Mark Sanchez had 12 weeks to prove himself and now it is time for him to go sit on the sideline and mentally heal to which Tony Dungy replied If Mcelroy gives them a spark, they can make the Playoffs.
Tony Dungy on Colin Kaepernick on Football Night in America- It has to be Kaepernick.
If you are Jim Harbaugh and you have a team that is in 1st place, the worst thing that you can do is flip flop on who your leader is.
Play Colin Kaepernick. You are going to have some ups and downs,but overall he is going to be fine.
Jon Gruden- When you fall behind in downs and distance on the road, you invite the crowd to the party!
Jon Gruden- It is a good thing that you got that one right Gerry, because otherwise you would be o for 2 tonight to which Mike Tirico replies Does that mean we can't have him again tonight during our game broadcast???
Dan Dierdorf- Well you can't blame this on the weather or anything else, because it is no longer raining!
I hate how Straight Outta Stockton has gone from all of the NFL Broadcaster's mistakes to just 1 individual every week, does anybody else miss the old Straight Outta Stockton???
Get used to it folks. If it's not Griffin with, to use the Wilbonian "slurpage", then it will be someone else. Griffin 3 could wind up being a once in a lifetime player. Let's hope so.
. @awfulannouncing @RGIII As he should. Bothers me all the piling on Gruden. I love his enthusiasm and he is a football genius. #NFL