Redskins Still Think They Can Dance
While some look back on last year's 5-11 Redskins campaign as a failure, I think it had its moments. For example, all those in-stadium pauses during which Carlos Rogers, Marcus Washington et al Walked it Out during TV timeouts, "Walking it Out" being the popular club dance to the DJ Unk tune, but you knew that. Carlos Rogers was sort of acknowledged as last year's leader of the dance, and so I figured I should ask him what song he had on tap this year, when mild controversy erupted, or whatever the mild version of an eruption is.
See, Fred Smoot is not only attempting to beat out Rogers for a starting CB position; Rogers hinted that Smoot is trying to become the team's newest Astaire. Get it, Rogers, Astaire?
"Nah, he ain't gonna take over my job," Rogers said of Smoot. "He's confused. He always says he's got input just because he's coming back--you know, 'Fred Smoot, my fans' and all this. But no, he ain't gonna come and take my job. It's still me."
If you recall, though, this team has gotten in trouble for making predictions in the past, and so Washington certainly had the best answer when asked who would lead this year's dance movement.
"We're not going to make any predictions right now, man," he said. "We're just going to let our dancing speak for itself, you know? That's what we're going to do."
And when I asked Smoot--who was signing autographs at the time and telling excited fans that "God is good"--he downplayed any tension about dance leadership.
"Whoever makes the most plays [will lead], because that's who will do the most dancing," he told me. "It just comes with it."
But Smoot did confirm that he would join the dance revolution, and that he was pleased to see the Skins walking things out in his absence last season.
"D.C. knows how I do it, they know how I play football," he said. "And I'm glad 'Los picked up on that. You've got to get excited when you're playing the game, man. If you're not, you're thinking too much, and you can't really play how you want to play."
[Note: For the hardcore fans who wrote to me in the past, saying the team should spend more time thinking about football and less time thinking about dancing, please bear in mind that the above was all tongue-in-cheek. Thank you.]
As for what song will be on the PA system?
"I'm trying to get some 'Wipe Me Down' on there or something," Smoot said, referring to the Lil Boosie track, but you knew that, too. "Something new, something to bring a fresher look to it, more excitement."
"It's so much music out now," Rogers said. "We're gonna find something good for everybody to rock to."
July 31, 2007; 4:14 PM ET
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