Pack away a few extra boxes of Smack and get ready for Smoot Week, which, if nothing else, ought to produce some creative signs in Minneapolis. At the very least, some sort of complicated reference to boats and Tom Cruise, I'd think.
The AP starts the festivities with a nice look at Smoot's season, starting thus:
In front of Fred Smoot's locker on Wednesday was a box of Fred Smoot's Smack Energy Bars. The blue writing on the orange label encourages one and all to "Snack on a Smack!"
Dang, that box wasn't there last week. The AP also gives us the best Smoot quotes of the day:
"I know a lot about their team. And I will inform my team -- like only a real traitor would do," he said with a laugh.
So, instead of the "Smooooooot" he hears at home, does he expect to be serenaded with "Booooooo!" on Sunday?
"You know the good part about it? I won't be able to tell the difference," he said. "Out of the three or four fans that I still might have there, maybe they'll put a little 'S' on the front of that 'boo' and I'll get a little 'Smoot' out of it."
The Washington Times has a quote that seems good although I don't exactly understand it: "I feel like the brother-in-law invited back into the house after he stole something the last time he was there. It took them a while for them to forgive me, but now they let me back in the house."
Why is it a brother-in-law? And what did he steal?
Tarvaris Jackson, meanwhile, takes a very mild jab, telling the Pioneer Press "I don't think Smoot will want to run up and tackle nobody...."
And Joe Gibbs is asked to address Smoot's bad Minnesota memories, wink wink, although I can't imagine Joe Gibbs wants to know exactly what happened there.
He has never mentioned having bad feelings or anything. It was probably my fault for letting him get out of here. I was just glad to get him back. We're glad to have him here, but I think it's just part of...none of us want to go up there and play to be truthful. It's a tough place for all of us to go. None of us are looking forward to that.
Sigh. Honestly, Smoot Week has been a bit of a disappointment thus far. I'm liable to rename it Ragnar Week at some point, since Ragnar knows how to give a quote.
VV: When you are not in the thick of things what do you like to do for fun/on vacation?
RAGNAR: My lovely wife and I usually spend the weekends deer hunting if there is not a game. We also love fishing and outdoor adventures. I also enjoy working with welding metal and doing wood work. BUT at the top of my list has to be AUCTIONS. So if any of you Viking fans know of any up coming Auctions don't hesitate to drop Ragnar a e-mail.
Fishing doesn't surprise me. Nor does welding. But auctions? Ragnar likes auctions? Wouldn't have guessed. Wonder if I could interest him in some Smoot Smack.
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