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Redskins selling shirt commemorating Griffin-Luck “showdown”

Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck,

NFL football draft prospects Andrew Luck, left, of Stanford, and Robert Griffin III, of Baylor, attend a reception during their visit to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The college stars are preparing for the NFL draft Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


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.