Smoot vs. Rogers vs. Taylor: Dance Off!
With Jason Taylor a few minutes away from his Redskins introduction, and camera persons already amassing outside the doors to get the first precious shots, and fans deep into multiple media comment feuds, let's visit the true crucial issue of the day: with the defensive end-slash-television dance icon now in place, how exactly will this affect the defense's previously unquestioned dancing triumvirate of Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot and Marcus Washington?
(Also, you can watch Taylor's presser, and me, live on Washington Post Live at 5.)
"I mean, I know he do all the little Hollywood things like that, but when it comes to things that people look at on TV, ACTUALLY on TV, video and stuff like that, I'm still the king," Rogers said. "No doubt. I mean, you can't do all that on the field, you can't be picking up a girl, twirling her around, and doing things like that. What I do is what the crowd like to see. They want to put me on YouTube, stuff like that. I'm still the king of that."
"You know what, he's more of a classical dancer," Washington said of his new fancy-footed competition. "Me myself, I'm more of a freestyle, hood dancer, you know? See, I get all my dances from my little nieces back home, so I'm gonna stay original, I'm going with fluid dances. He do more of the tango and the classical stuff. A hood dancer's just whatever you feel. It might be anything from the Tootsie Roll to the Backyard Bounce to the Squirrel, the Cabbage Patch, whatever you feel. That's what a hood dancer is."
"You know, with Jason showing up I could be, simply, the second best, because of his variety," Smoot said. "You know, I can dance a certain couple ways, you know, maybe a little ballroom, maybe a little clubbing, but this guy has a six pack of dances, so yeah, I'm probably the second best right now."
I told him that Rogers was still claiming to be the king of the cleats.
"You know, Carlos is one-dimensional," Smoot said. "You ever met a person that's one dimensional but he's the top of that? He's the top of that dimension, but you've got to be versatile man. He's a Walk-It-Out, that's all he can do. He triumphs with that. But you know, Quick Feet Jason? I can't beat that."
But Rogers remained unfazed. He was still envisioning something without costumes, without pre-ordained steps, with 90,000 judges instead of three.
"Actually he's a good dancer, a real good dancer, but when it comes to the field...." Rogers said, and then paused. "He's a great pass rusher," he finally said. "I can give him that."
(Now, can't we all just get along? Tomorrow: news on Jim Zorn's years-ago dalliance with a zamboni. Really.)
(Oh, and Santana Moss's take? "I can't dance; I bop," he said. "Whatever it is, I don't know. If the music sound good, I bop to it.")
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