It's unlikely to rain on RG3's parade

It's unlikely to rain on RG3's parade
May 3, 2012, 7:58 pm
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ESPN.com columnist Gregg Easterbrook concocted the theory that new Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will struggle in the NFL because of the amount of rain that the Redskins play in. You see, Easterbrook says that Griffin has small hands and that hes not used to playing in rain.Over at the Bog, Dan Steinberg used the internet to do some research, something Easterbrook apparently did not do. Steinberg found out that Waco averages 34.7 inches of rain per year while the average at Reagan National Airport is 40.7 inches. A half inch of rain per month is hardly a dramatic difference. It wouldnt seem like it is enough to determine the success or failure of a quarterback.But the yearly averages dont necessarily tell the whole story. Is fall rainier in the D. C. Area and in the cities where the Redskins usually play? Despite the big-picture averages, does the team get an inordinate number of rainy games?The answer appears to be no. According to the weather data on the official gamebooks issued by the NFL, the Redskins have played in rainy conditions six times during the regular season in the last five years. Four of those games were at FedEx Field, one at Oakland, and one at Seattle.That would not appear to enough wet weather to put a damper on RG3s career success, small hands or not.Regular season games with rainy conditions reported on NFL gamebook since 2007:2011@ Seahawks Week 122010Bucs Week 14Giants Week 162009@ Oakland Week 142008Giants Week 132007Dallas Week 17