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.
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."
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