Fred Smoot recalls getting tied to the goal post

Training camp is the perfect time for veteran players to put rookies in their place. Fred Smoot, on Comcast SportsNet’s Training Camp Daily, recalled a time when Bruce Smith did just that.

“Oh, Papa Smith. Let me tell you what happened,” said Smoot. “The first time I met Papa Smith I was a rookie. Coming into training camp, I held out. Never hold out when you got veterans on the team. So I come in, and the first thing they do is tell me to sing. Of course, me, freshman, I wanna be a loudmouth so I say, ‘No. I’m not gonna sing.’ They tie me to the field goal post, not like they do with rookies these days. They left me there ’til the next practice, so that’s three hours.

“So we come back the next day and we finally get to practice and I’m going out there doing my thing and they’re like, ‘You have to sing at lunch.’ So I still don’t sing at lunch. So I’m walking back to my dorm room — this is when we were still in Pennsylvania — I’m walking back to my dorm room and I’m seeing shirts, shorts and clocks and mattresses on the ground. I’m like, what’s going on? So I get to my room and it’s all my stuff. They done threw it out the window, jumped on it with the cleats, did everything they could. But like I say, I enjoyed it. It humbled me and it brought me closer to my teammates.”

Humbled you, huh? So he put you in your place?

“Yes he did. That’s why I’m glad he lost four Super Bowls.”

There it is.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Stephen Strasburg, on giving up a grand slam in the sixth inning:

“I pitched well, minus one pitch.”

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Here’s a great piece in Niles Paul and his Redskins role.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Nats at Tigers, 1 p.m. on WUSA (9), MASN. All TV/Radio listings here.

SAD NEWS OF THE DAY
Gavin Rupp, the 13-year old who made friends with Bryce Harper after he threw out the first pitch at Nats Park earlier this month, passed away yesterday after a three-year fight with brain cancer. Harper offered his condolences on Twitter when he heard the news.

 

 

DAD OF THE DAY
This rapping dad’s got flow. (via The Daily What)

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