Robert Griffin III was so good in his rookie debut that he already has his own Internet meme: Griffining.
Much like its ancestor, Tebowing, Griffining involves football fans mimicking the victory pose of a young quarterback, specifically, the seated touchdown celebration RGIII performed with raised index fingers after his 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. The term Griffining was created by the good folks at Burgundy Blog after images of RGIII cheering on the touchdown from almost 100 yards away was replayed endlessly on Sunday and appeared in countless newspaper on Monday, including on the front of The Washington Post.
The meme is in its infancy -- the inspiration for it isn't yet 24 hours old as of this writing. A number of pictures have been tweeted to @BurgundyBlog and more should come in the next few days, or until Griffin's star stops rising. Still, even if RGIII keeps exceeding expectations and performing at histoic levels, Griffining won't approach the heights of Tebowing for a number of reasons.
1. Though he's already demonstrated more quarterbacking talent than Tim Tebow has in the NFL, Griffin doesn't have the name recognition required to take Griffining from localized meme to national trend. Once ESPN devotes six straight episodes of First Take to him, then we'll talk.
2. It fails to cross the crucial irony threshold necessary to make it popular amongst both fans and the smug Internet types who wish to mock them. Right now, the early Griffining adopters are all Redskins or Griffin supporters still on a high from Sunday. No hipster visiting the Eiffel Tower is lying on his back Griffining as a joke and updating it to his Tumblr.
3. Griffinin' ain't easy. We're not young. Well, maybe you are, but I'm not and getting down on the floor and resting on your bottom while raising your legs and arms causes more cracks and pops than I'd care to admit.
4. This was an impromptu celebration, not a pose that's used during warmups, stretching drills, two-minute warnings and after touchdowns. Griffin isn't going to be Griffining in the pregame to hype himself up. And unless the Redskins offensive line keeps letting Griffin get popped on touchdown passes, this isn't a pose that'll be seen often. But we'll always have Week 1.
By Chris Chase, USA TODAY