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When RG3 met HGTV: While We’re Waiting

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It’s always a bizarre experience when worlds collide. Friends meeting the new boyfriend. Co-workers meeting friends. Family meeting your book club or knitting circle or Sunday-Funday daytime drinking crew. Whatever the scenario, when two things you love separately are suddenly smushed together, it can be awkward. It can also be amazing, but it’s a slippery slope.

Such was the case when I saw a commercial promoting that Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III would be appearing on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” In that moment, the record playing in my head scratched to a halt. What now, HGTV?

I’ll go ahead and confess that I worship in the shiplap-laden church of Chip and Joanna Gaines. The hosts of the incredibly popular series set in their hometown of Waco, Texas, Chip and JoJo are “goals” in just about every sense. They’re just the right amount of imperfect and goofy and sweet. They’re raising an adorable family in an adorable farmhouse. JoJo’s impeccable taste is the stuff my Pinterest dreams are made of.

The Gaines are building a home-improvement empire on reclaimed wood and saying things like “y’all,” and here they are teaming up with the guy who was supposed to deliver Cleveland some football salvation but spent most of the 2016 NFL season on the IR?

The partnership makes about as much sense as Griffin’s place on the Browns’ roster in the first place, but here we are.

via @Browns

via @Browns

Despite my general uneasiness about worlds colliding, I had to give this episode a chance. Unfortunately, it aired directly opposite of President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address on Tuesday night. Fortunately, DVR. Wednesday evening I settled in, glass of red wine in hand and boyfriend freed of any required HGTV viewing, to watch.

Two minutes into the episode and the RG3/Chip and JoJo connection made more sense. The Gaines are huge fans of Baylor University, of which RGIII played for… a minor detail I probably used to know but had completely forgotten. Griffin’s Family of 3 foundation, which strives to support programs that benefit struggling military families, had reached out to Chip and JoJo in hopes of partnering on a special project.

The goal was simple but special: renovate the Waco home of Vietnam veteran Bill Graham and his late wife, Sherry. Graham, who enlisted in 1965, served 41 years in the Army and National Guard and now suffers from spinal stenosis and prostate cancer. Sherry, who was ill at the time of filming, passed away before the episode aired.

“Families like the Grahams, they pay the ultimate sacrifice for this country,” Griffin, whose own parents both served in the military, told the Gaines. “I feel like those are the people that we need to be helping more and more.”

The plan was to “open up” the Graham’s 800-square-foot home, creating more usable space to enjoy together with their children and grandchildren. RG3 jumped in to assist Chip on “Demo Day,” in which they donned matching T-shirts, smashed walls and high-fived a lot. Volunteers from the U.S. Army were brought in to assist with renovations, and, as with everything Joanna touches, the finished project was absolutely perfect and amazing. Grab your tissues, y’all.

No, YOU’RE crying. I wish I could tell you that RG3 was featured throughout the episode, but there wasn’t any more than his hammer-swinging on Demo Day. Commitments to the team kept him away from the Graham’s big reveal, but it was clear throughout the episode how much Griffin’s foundation contributed to the project.

“When I found out that RG3 and the Family of 3 foundation was going to do this, it was a total shock to me that I could be that lucky,” Graham said through tears. “Things like this just don’t happen to people very often.”

If you missed it, ESPN’s Pat McManamon reports that RG3’s episode of “Fixer Upper” will air again on Sunday, January 15, at 7 p.m. ET and Tuesday, January 17, at 8.

  • Garry_Owen
  • CBiscuit

    “Chip and JoJo are “goals” in just about every sense. They’re just the right amount of imperfect and goofy and sweet. They’re raising an adorable family in an adorable farmhouse. JoJo’s impeccable taste is the stuff my Pinterest dreams are made of.”

    That’s the irony of watching couples-hosted shows like this on HGTV. My wife and I used to binge on those fun shows pre-kids. But afterwards, no one has time to watch the shows much less model to be like the Chip and Jojos of the world! So enjoy watching while you can Jessica:)

  • RGB

    Sooo, Spanos is going to pay a $550m fee to move to LA, then pay Kroenke rent?
    Why not take that $550m and add the $300m the NFL was going to kick in, and build a stadium in SD.
    Not that I’m a Chargers fan (fkrs ruined my perfect season and victory in the Lunch Pool…), but what am I missing here?
    Now LA has two teams to not care about.

  • Pat Leonard

    I’m always astounded by the fact that they have any time at all to spend with their family given all of the things they do. Even if we assume Chip and Joanna are mostly only at the home sites on days when the show is being recorded, they have so many other things going on outside of the show. It’s supremely impressive and makes me feel incredibly lazy.

  • CBiscuit

    Yeah no kidding. Plus I don’t know how any spouses with kids could work together. I know it’s possible but I swear…if my wife and I worked together someone would end up getting stabbed (and it would probably and deservedly be me).

  • Eric G

    Yeah, but now I get to see the Browns at the Coliseum next year!!

  • mgbode

    HGTV is on in the background in my house like Sportcenter was before I was married. Always on.

    As far as modeling the life, we don’t use them as a model but close enough. If you focus on the things that matter in your life, you’ll find there are tons of things that don’t. Removing those as much as possible has helped us.

    The biggest was homeschooling. No more are we using 2hrs+ per day getting ready, picking up, dropping off, plus all the different school events and fundraising and other things that don’t benefit really anyone. Not to mention the wasted time the kids have standing in line (would love to see a study to really dig in how much time kids actually have to learn at school rather than wait to learn).

  • Pat Leonard

    Chip and JoJo both went to Baylor and are huge Bears fans right? I’m pretty sure that’s the RG3 connection.

  • mgbode

    Have seen that Spanos is going to pay the $650m so he can do it over 10yrs instead of the $550 lump sum

    $650+300= $950 which is short the $1.2b he wanted to build a stadium

    Also, estimated franchise value of the Chargers in LA is almost $1b more than it was in SD (for whatever reason)

  • RGB

    Jerry World is by far and away the gold standard for stadiums and cost $1b. Which he paid for himself. (allegedly)
    What the hell is he trying to build for $1.2b?

    I’ve read multiple articles on this, and this move makes absolutely zero sense.

  • mgbode

    He was building it in San Diego

  • mgbode

    They are not playing at the Coliseum

    StubHub Center – a 30K soccer stadium

  • CBiscuit

    “Listen Mickey, I told you ten times…the Winkenbach coefficient doesn’t apply and this number here never regresses in this situation. That’s only for jWAR and NOT rWAR, which only applies Rolle’s theorum when cross applying multiple axis variance for batted balls in play. Go to your room, now.”

    PS. But snark aside….that’s impressive my friend…honest to god. Even with the time savings and benefits, it must take a crazy amt of patience. I mean that sincerely….you’re a better man than I am for home schooling (or if it’s your wife, she’s also a better man than I am…well you know).

  • mgbode

    totally my wife. I help out when needed but she dove in on finding curriculum, developing the structure, figuring out how to organize the home to make it work.

    I freely admit that she’s the rock of the household. Still wonder how the heck I convinced her to marry me.

  • Eric G

    Damnit! I’ve already been there.
    FYI, a Galaxy game is a fun time.

  • Garry_Owen

    We’ve been homeschooling for 9 years now (though my eldest just entered public school this year, with the youngest to follow next year). I’ve seen those studies on time vs. educational value, and while I don’t recall the statistics, it’s not good. At all. Anecdotally, now having two kids in separate systems, I can tell you that the homeschooled one is getting an extremely valuable education in about 3 hours each day, total. The other is getting what we consider to be a very good education, but it’s taking him 9-10 hours each day (factoring in time at school plus far too massive homework time each night). I am a huge proponent of homeschooling, for those that can do it (and I think most can).

  • CBiscuit

    Buddy, don’t sell yourself short. It was all of the fine graphs and charts you prepared that convinced her!

  • RGB

    They are also paying $12m to break their SD lease.
    So, basically, they are saying they can’t build a kick-ass stadium for $962m.
    Sounds more like Spanos is just butthurt over the community voting down public money.

  • mgbode

    No the franchise is worth a ton more money being in LA – just due to the eyeballs that are forced to watch the Chargers on CBS if they want NFL

    I hope it backfires tremendously, but it is why he is moving

  • mgbode

    Hey, what are you looking at on the internet!?! Oh dear, not more pitching charts. Not again!

  • RGB

    But, a franchise being perceived as being worth more money, only comes into play if you plan on selling. He has stated he has no plans to sell.
    But, yes. This stinks and I hope it fails.

  • mgbode

    my kids don’t even understand that massive homework angle – they are done early afternoon (they do more than 3hrs/day but still)

  • Garry_Owen

    It has been the hardest culture shock for my son, and I’m not happy about it a bit. It’s so unnecessary – but absolutely necessary, given the context and limitations of the public school approach. Public school is exhausting!

  • mgbode

    our goal is to do JuCo for the last couple years of HS for the Calculus, advanced sciences, etc.

    Everything we can to avoid that public school system (this coming from someone with many family members who are employed in said system – nothing against the people working as the system itself is the flaw).

  • Garry_Owen

    I know what you mean. We’ve got a lot in our family, too.

    We started out with the vision of doing it all the way through High School, but we’ve also always viewed homeschooling as a year-by-year, kid-by-kid decision. The individual kids and the individual years have led us to where we are, which was something of a surprise. The advanced math and sciences are part of the pull back to the system – and we’re lucky to be located in a district that we just really like (but probably not for the reasons most people would think). What we’re finding is that our kids will still be homeschooled, even though they spend their days in the system with other teachers. (They’ll thank us someday. Right?)

  • mgbode

    they probably won’t appreciate it until they have their own kids and have to go through these decisions themselves. i’m OK with it.

    yeah, we are the same. kid-by-kid, year-by-year. we’ll see what happens.