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Scientific Correlation Between DJ Unk and Redskins Success

There are certain things you miss by watching Redskins games at home instead of inside the purple and green spacecraft. Cover bands performing All-American Rejects tunes to choreographed cheerleader dances outside the gates, for example. (Unless that was really the Rejects....didn't get a great look at 'em.) Or the sight of Sean Taylor smiling at fans and volunteering to sign autographs before the game, which was odd. Or the knowledge that at least one concession booth claims to sell knishes, meaning maybe we shouldn't have gotten so excited when the Nats got knishes at RFK.

The main thing you miss, though, is the burgundy-hot dancing, performed by the particularly energetic chunks of the Skins defense during TV timeouts. The music is DJ Unk's "Walk it Out." The instigator is, by all accounts, Marcus Washington. And the best dancer is?

"Probably Carlos [Rogers], because that's all he do is sit out there and try to walk it out," Jason Campbell said, showing undue favoritism toward his fellow Auburnite.

"Marcus," Andre Carter said. " You know, he's fluid with his moves. Some defensive guys claim they can dance but really can't. Marcus, he's unique with it, so I give it to Marcus."

"I think, um, Renaldo Wynn is the best one we've got out there; yeah, I think he's got the best moves," Washington said.

"Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow." said Jeff Posey, who overheard Washington's vote for Wynn.

"Go ask Renaldo if he can dance," said a laughing Ladell Betts, who was tickled by the thought.

"I don't know about that one," said Phillip Daniels, also laughing, and noting that "most of the linemen, they just bounce." [Note: A team spokesman later told me that he polled fellow staffers and concluded that Washington was joking, and does not actually believe Wynn to be the best dancer. What a liar.]

(In terms of bouncing linemen, Kedric Golston is especially noteworthy. His dance looks like King Kong Bundy attempting to perform the Haka on a moon bounce.)

"Carlos Rogers now, he can get down," Daniels continued. "Carlos Rogers can get down. He might be our best dancer. I've seen him, other than being on the field, I've seen him dancing in some other places. I think Carlos Rogers is probably our best dancer. Marcus is probably our craziest dancer. He do some crazy stuff; you don't know what he going to do. I mean, rolling around, it's hard to say man, like, twirling his body around. The song that comes on every week before the game, I mean, he do some crazy stuff to that song."

And then Daniels sang Kernkraft 400's "Zombie Nation" for me, and really, you haven't lived as a blogger until you've listened to Phillip Daniels singing "Zombie Nation."

This distracted me from asking Daniels about these "other places" in which Rogers dances. Rogers was gone by this point, so I didn't get to ask him about these "other places," or about his trademark moves, but luckily he's already discussed them with Art, the warlord from the ExtremeSkins msgboard:

Q: "Hey Carlos, Your "Walk it Out" dance has become very popular on the internet. Are there any other specific songs that help get you and the rest of the D pumped? (Nice moves, by the way.)

Carlos Rogers: (Laughing) I think that's one of our main songs. I think a lot of the music that comes from Atlanta down south, whether it's "Lean with it, rock with it," or "Walk it out," guys, when they hear that, they get pumped up. Everybody in the locker room is looking at me, "Carlos, show me the dance," do this or do that. I think it sparks the energy for this team and especially for the defense.

And here, naturally, is the dance. Rogers, you'll note, is smooth. Washington, who enters the frame mid-dance, is not.

And indeed, other bloggers have commented on said dancing, such as this guy named Jack, who got the video via the brother of Mister Irrelevant. Writes Jack:

Television timeouts at FedEx Field occasionally turn into a testing ground for evening at Dream...and I love it. Two things the defense has been lacking in the past few weeks have been confidence and a more relaxed attitude. When a unit struggles the team tends to stiffen up quite a bit, every now and then I want to see them dance like 93,000 people are watching.

Remarkably, Jack was right. In pretty similar words, players told me that this dancing helps players loosen up and not worry as much about making mistakes. They must read his blog. Even players on the offense praised this defensive movement before the snap.

"I like seeing it, I like seeing a team that's alive and having fun," Betts said. (I asked him if the offense dances; "no, no, we don't really dance out there," he said. "I think on offense we try to focus a little bit more, because offense is so detailed." Don't tell Gregg that.)

"Anything to keep 'em pumped up, keep 'em excited," JC said. (I asked him if the defense had better dancers than the offense; "Yeah, yeah, they can dance better than the offense," he quickly admitted. "I can't dance, that's why I just throw my hands in the air. That's my dance.")

And several defensive players told me that, Rogers's moves notwithstanding, Washington is the engine that drives this dance train.

"He's just like that, that's just his character," said Andre Carter, who said he's never before been on a team that dances during TV timeouts. "And it gets us hyped up. That's just him....That's one thing that I like about Marcus; he just makes the best of every opportunity in life and just enjoys life."

"We just have fun with it man," Washington said. "I think the crowd kind of gets into it, it kind of amps us up. Kind of just defensive spirit just kind of jumps from one player to the next, you know? Just enthusiastic combustion out there, or something like that."

Washington, incidentally, tends to bring this energy with him everywhere he goes. Like, including the shower. After wins, he brings music with him into the shower. Loud music. "Man, I take my music everywhere," he said, as he brought his music back from the shower. Then he started screaming about how someone had stolen his socks, and asking if he could borrow anyone else's socks. Then he saw a photo of himself in his locker and threw it away. "I don't want pictures of myself," he explained. "I see myself every day."

"That's a guy right there that loves football," Betts said. "Some of these guys a lot of times don't always want to feel like going out there and practicing, because, you know, it's work. But Marcus, I'm hard-pressed to find a day where he's not in a good mood, upbeat, having fun, even in practice. That's when you know a guy loves football."

So anyhow, he dances, and Rogers dances, and the linemen bounce, and at least yesterday, almost everyone left happy. That's more fun than trying to figure out which DB was ratting out his coaches, right?

"You've got to have fun every day; that's what it was today, we've got to have fun," Daniels said. "Any time you see Marcus like that, the guys just want to go out and play well. If Marcus is dancing, that's means we're gonna have a good day. So he needs to keep dancing."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 27, 2006; 3:51 PM ET
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Posted by: Unsilent Majority | November 27, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Bloggers are sad sad people

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | November 27, 2006 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I can't figure out why you don't get more traffic (not that I know what your traffic numbers are). Although I would speculate that if there was a category for loyal readers instead of just total number of readers you'd do well (that sounds like a backhanded compliment but I meant well). But J-La posts the inactive list for the 'Skins game (in like 40 words) and he gets 250 comments. Honestly, this is why they invented message boards (and sports radio for that matter). Then we actually get an interesting article (although some might call it fluff) on the Redskins and it draws a whopping four comments so far. And I'm sure your fantastic piece of journalism on Bobby Boswell and Guts got less traffic than any of the four thousand articles talking about how Joe Gibbs thinks our guys are "fighting their guts out."

Maybe I'll start a Redskins blog, write a paragraph each day, and make a living off the site traffic from all the people who think that they have the most insightful way to tell us that Archuletta does in fact suck.

Posted by: Jon | November 27, 2006 7:49 PM | Report abuse

It's infectious. I can only imagine what the reaction of people at the game would be. If you look, you can see a couple other players bouncing along and cheerleaders and a few people in the stands opposite too.
It's just bopping to the music. Nothing too overt or taking too much energy. In fact, lots of people focus better that way.

Almost as funny as listening to a bent guitar note and hearing an entire stadium go "I am Ironman!" all at once. If only I had footage of that one for you.

Posted by: Grooven | November 28, 2006 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I read every day.

I sometimes (as hard as it may be for some people that know me to believe) have nothing to say about what I've read.

I have to admit that I noticed the energy from the defense during TV timeouts on Sunday more than usual over the last few weeks. And it seems more like an energetic "psyche-up" rather than a way to pass the time until the snap (which it had kinda looked like in a few previous home games).

Posted by: Goat | November 28, 2006 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I think you just got yourself a new regular reader of the Bog DS. Awesome video footage. JLC's blogs get too congested too quickly and it becomes too much work to actually read all the replies lol.

Posted by: Brick Tamland | November 28, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Too funny....I like this very much. It makes me happy to know we have cool guys like Marcus Washington on the team. Nice "inside" info, for sure.

I too read a lot and just don't have much to say about....much.

Posted by: Jack Straw | November 28, 2006 1:20 PM | Report abuse

How Gay!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 28, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

oh, that was fantastic. the whole thing. my friend and fellow fledgling caps fan is going to be meeting the skins players at the game this weekend. i told her my 2 autograph picks were chris cooley and carlos rogers. she would've known to get cooley's for me right away, but i had to explain that i covet rogers' signature based solely on this post. so awesome.

Posted by: kristin | November 29, 2006 9:46 AM | Report abuse

It's okay to dance during timeouts when you're the No. 1 defense in the league. Not No. 30.

Posted by: Alex | November 29, 2006 3:08 PM | Report abuse

that was okay 2 dance durin timeouts when your the #1 defence n the league!!!!

Posted by: chucktown_qt | December 1, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

i like ya'll songs i jam to dat all day everyday.

Posted by: sharda freeman | December 8, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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