Fred Smoot is fairly unusual among modern-era Redskins, in that the hate he spews toward the Cowboys mirrors that spewed by his burgundy-and-gold predecessors.
“We hate Dallas,” he once told me. “We hate Dallas. It’s just been like that, and it’s always gonna be like that. I got family members that love Dallas so I don’t even talk to them during the week. That’s just what it is. I literally don’t talk to them….You know, I was in that Mississippi [State]-Ole Miss hatred battle, and once I got here and Darrell Green kind of sat me down and said look here, this is how it is, this is your Ole Miss now. And I kind of bought into it….I can be around the players off the field and stuff, but when it’s time, it’s time. Usually I’m one of the guys that come out early before the game to talk to players that I know off the other team. I never do that against Dallas. Ever. Never.”
So maybe his response on a recent podcast when Emmitt Smith’s name was raised shouldn’t be surprising. Maybe. But it’s still not the kind of thing you hear every day.
“Nobody that meets Emmitt Smith likes Emmitt Smith,” Smoot said. “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.”
Which brings me to this exchange from his latest Reddit AMA.
“Were the wins against the Cowboys sooooo much sweeeeeter than any other wins?” someone asked.
“yes,” Smoot replied.
(You can listen to said podcast here. It’s frequently profane. Do not listen if cursing bothers you.)
The other best thing I learned from the podcast, I reckon, is that Smoot is friends with Wale, which almost led to a classic D.C. sports moment.
“Listen to me, one time I had talked enough trash to him, we were chilling one night, I had talked to one of the people at the Redskins, they had relayed it to the people at the Wizards, and me and Wale were supposed to meet at halftime and have a freestyle contest at a Wizards game,” Smoot said. “This was years ago, years ago. I was still playing. But I punked out. I didn’t feel like spitting in front of everybody. I would have cussed and everything, and it would have went [dead] quiet in there. It would have went downhill when I would have said give me the beat. When they would have dropped the beat, it would have went downhill, right then. Because you knew it was gonna be a wack beat, right? You know they can’t play a real tight beat in the Verizon Center, right? So they would have gave me the wackest beat ever, and it would have stunk. It would have stunk ass I’m sure. Smell like a bag of feet.”
Maybe, but it would have been memorable. Smoot was also asked about his much-voiced dream of bringing Waffle House to the District.
“You know, of course I’m not the first businessman every to try to put a Waffle House in D.C.,” he said. “It has to be something….They’re not letting you do it. I’m just saying.”