Want yet another sign of the ridiculous nature of major money sponsorship and how it permeates our sports culture? Try this:
Robet Griffin III wrote the word "Heart" on the left side of his undershirt before the game on Sunday. Meant to inspire? Perhaps. Meant to conceal? Definitely.
The "H" was drawn extra wide so that the logo of Nike, which has the official apparel deal with the league, was covered. Griffin has a lucrative deal with its competitor adidas.
Players are allowed to wear logos of shoe brands that endorse them as long as those brands have deals with the league. They are not, however, allowed to cover up the swoosh of Nike, which is in its first year of a five-year deal with the league.
Griffin won't likely be fined because the shirt was only visible before pregame warmups, but NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN.com that league officials would talk to him.
"It won't happen again," McCarthy said.
The whole concept of all of this is, of course, just gross. We all accept it, but it's gross. RGIII covering up a logo because it competes with the brand he endorses and an NFL spokesman saying it will never happen again? Nobody is a winner here.
By the way: If you didn't read the Page 2 thing today -- and shame on you if you didn't -- the AL Central teams with the most victories since 1998 go in this descending order:
White Sox, Twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals.