Bad Timing: LivingSocial just can’t catch a break. The struggling online coupon company advertised 50 percent off Pigskins fan gear, using star quarterback Robert Griffin III‘s jersey as an example. Too bad Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday he would bench RGIIIfor the rest of the season. -3

Should He Stay Or Should He Go? Is it time for the Washington Post to fire columnist Richard Cohen? Mother Jones compiled a list of the best hate-reads of 2013 and dedicated a whole section to Cohen. +4

Glass Houses: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was on The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan again this week and called the whole benching drama of RGIII a bit “chaotic.” From Ford, that really means something. +2

Brewing Controversy: Silver Spring-based Citizen Brewing Co. is changing its name to Denizen after DC Brau issued a cease and desist later claiming claiming its trademark of the word “citizen” in the context of anything beer-related was violated. Denizen may be a crappier name, but once the brewery opens next summer, at least there’ll be more beer for everyone! +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 77 Today’s score: +5 Needle rating: 82