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.