“Slow news day,” and all, but I can’t resist this one.
Remember last month, when Fred Smoot did a podcast in which he addressed Emmitt Smith’s popularity?
“Nobody that meets Emmitt Smith likes Emmitt Smith,” Smoot said then. “Have you ever heard anybody say, hey man, I met that Emmitt Smith and I really love him? Nobody likes Emmitt Smith. I don’t know if he’s just a jerk because he’s a Cowboy. I don’t know. He be rubbing people the wrong way.”
Well, this created a mild stir. Smoot, of course, was most likely attempting to create a mild stir, since it’s good for business, and he’s a funny dude, and he was playing to his D.C. base, as he’s so often done. But Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk was not impressed.
For the record, I met that Emmitt Smith and I really love him. He’s funny. Engaging. Friendly. He’s the exact opposite of what I thought he’d be based on his work with ESPN, which makes me convinced that the producers at ESPN had no idea how to use him properly.
The next time I see Emmitt Smith, I’ll have to ask him what he thinks of Fred Smoot. Maybe Emmitt will say, “Nobody that meets Fred Smoot likes Fred Smoot. Have you ever heard anybody say, hey man, I met that Fred Smoot and I really love him? Nobody likes Fred Smoot. I don’t know if he’s just a jerk because he’s a Redskin. I don’t know. He be rubbing people the wrong way.”
Or maybe Emmitt will simply say, “Who in the hell is Fred Smoot?”
And so it might have ended, except nothing ever ends. So fast forward to Wednesday, when Smoot was doing yet another Reddit AMA.
“Does anyone like Emmitt Smith?” someone asked.
“The only person who likes Emmitt Smith is Mike Florio,” Smoot responded.
“Wait, why is he so disliked? If you can give any reason at all,” someone else asked.
“He’s a cowboy,” Smoot explained.
This was something of a theme throughout the AMA. For example.
Question: “Who is your least favorite team?”
Smoot: “Cowboys – gross.”
Question: “Recently we’ve seen players take some flak for wearing another team’s gear (Kaep wearing the dolphins hat..etc) Do your teammates in the locker room share that same sort of view?”
Smoot: “Man people are crazy but I get it. Truth is I’m a redskins fan now so I rock that burg and gold.”
Still, the best exchange was probably this one.
Question: “My high school principal played in the CFL as a wide receiver/special teamer. He said there were games he’d get hit so hard he couldn’t even remember the 2nd half. Ever get hit so hard, keep playing, and then not remember anything?”
Smoot: “All the time…I played with Sean Taylor.”