Emmitt Smith was on “The Sports Fix” on ESPN 980 yesterday, and gave this warning to Redskins fans. Shape up, or the Redskins players won’t want you around.

In response to a question about fans getting impatient, he had this to say.

“What’s going to happen is, the fans keep treating them this way, the players gonna turn on them, be like, ‘We don’t really have people that are trusting us, that believe in us or want to give us a chance. And when we go to win it, we don’t want ya’ll around. We don’t even want to deal with you because you’re so wishy-washy,'” he said. “I think the players are looking for that consistency while they’re going through it. This is a time when they need that extra support because they don’t wanna be dealing with these type of questions. They don’t want to be questioned like that. These guys will work their behind off during the offseason to try and give the fans exactly what they want, including RGIII. He worked his behind off trying to get back on this football field. In some cases, he probably shouldn’t even be playing. But he’s getting better. Every week he’s improved, and that’s a good thing.”

Frustrated with an 0-3 start? You guys are wishy-washy.

Then, Kevin Sheehan aptly pointed out that the Redskins fanbase is one of the most loyal in football.

“With that loyalty comes patience,” Emmitt responded. “And they should be a little more sympathetic to the situation. And trust that it will get turned around. This is early in the season. Even though the statistic says teams that start 0-2, 0-3, don’t make it to the playoffs or the Super Bowl, that may be true. But, remember this. As a football player and these football players have this in the back of their mind. There’s always an opportunity to do something that no one else has ever done.”

Kirk Cousins should put that on his quote wall.


I would buy tickets to this.


Incestuous slurping alert: From Kent Babb’s incredibly interesting piece on Brian Orakpo, which you should read. Orakpo, on his strained relationship with his father:

“To this day we’re still building our relationship. We’re working through it every single day.”
It doesn’t matter which team you follow. If you’re a baseball fan, Mariano Rivera’s final pitch at Yankee Stadium was the highlight of the night.


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