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Green Bay Packers Ace Contest vs. Washington, RGIII
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Dyanmic quarterback Robert Griffin, III was held in check Sunday

While the Green Bay Packers played RGIII and Washington Sunday afternoon, a small group protested the team's use of a racial epithet as their name.

They will be referred to only by their city because the nickname is too offensive to use. Many fans are no doubt defensive about this and comments are welcome, but tradition does not excuse using a racial epithet and sports is no less an appropriate forum for discussing this issue than it was for integration.

However, that name does not reflect on the quality of the team or its quarterback. Both Robert Griffin III and team are certainly better than the effort that made Fox switch away from the game, causing those of us in outside markets recording the game to miss the final 19:05.

There is something wrong with NFL Sunday Ticket when the only way a part-owner can see the game is to tape both the local channel and a channel that is blacked out just in case the game is boring the rest of the nation. That eliminates the main advertisement for the package—the ability to see more than one game.

From what the national audience saw of this contest, the Packers were nearly perfect. Washington was able to draw close mostly because their opponent coasted to victory. Leaving Lambeau Field only 0-2 does not put them in a major bind because the weak NFC East has no team better than 1-1.

Perhaps ESPN should stop talking about RGIII in defeat. The story here is the 2010 champions have asserted themselves as a true Super Bowl contender through two weeks of the 2013 season with a tough road loss to the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers (humbled again in Seattle) and a convincing win.

Every unit contributed at least a little to Green Bay's success, helping the team ace a test that was not supposed to be easy.

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