Fred Smoot's Pro Bowling Ambitions
The Redskins canceled OTAs today, and instead held a team bowling trip. Chase Daniel already tweeted about his team, which included Cody Glenn and Rocky McIntosh. That has forced me to use this item now, instead of holding it for a rainy day. Oh well. At least we know that Smoot bowled a 212, one of three Redskins to break 200. Thanks, Cooley.
"I'm gonna attempt to go to the PBA," Fred Smoot told me the other day. I started laughing.
"You're laughing," he observed. "See, people did this years ago when I said I was going to go to the NFL, so it don't make me mad. I'm serious. I'm dead serious. I want to cross over to bowling after football."
The thing is, he sounded really serious. I asked him around 16 times if he was joking, and every time he said he was not.
"He's serious, but he's not serious," fellow cornerback and bowling partner Carlos Rogers said. I asked Rogers whether Smoot could really do this; "hell no," he said. "They would kill Smoot."
I only knew to ask Smoot about his bowling career because Rogers had talked extensively about their bowling habits earlier during OTAs. Rogers--who also sometimes bowls with the rapper
Fabulous Fabolous--said that he has 10 bowling balls (which he varies based on oil patterns), real bowling shoes and a personal high of 289. And Smoot?
"That boy's crazy," Rogers said. "He bowls, and he might just lay on the ground kicking his feet, do some of everything, while he's bowling. From the time he let that ball go he might just lay on the ground, looking at his ball, rolled-up, kicking. That boy crazy. He do some of everything."
"It's not semi-planned, it's off the emotions of competition," Smoot said. "See, that's what I'm gonna bring to the PBA. I'm very intense, just like football, very animated. I'm gonna be the one selling tickets for the PBA."
I don't doubt that part of it. As for the bowling, what's his average? "I always tell people my average is one point better than theirs," Smoot said. "Whatever you bowl, I'm gonna be one point better."
How old will he be when he starts this career? "However old I am," Smoot said. "I didn't know bowlers had a prime, you know, I didn't think I was outgrowing it or something.
What's his high? A 291, he said. What's his home alley? A Bowl America in Northern Virginia, where he's a regular and employees "know I'm gonna be there." What are his feelings about "straight bowlers" like Jason Campbell? "No respect," Smoot said, "no respect." (He said great NFL bowlers include Santana Moss and Rod Gardner, who can "REALLY bowl.")
What's his fashion sense? "I'm the best," Smoot said. "I [wear] my football glove, I cut the fingers out of them, stuff like that. I've got this shirt, man, it's a shirt my momma gave me, just an old t-shirt I got, an 'It's a Good Day' t shirt with a smiley face on it. Sometimes I wear that bowling."
Does he really think he can do it? "I will be a professional," he said. "Ain't no do I think I can. Once it becomes something I do, like, every every day, I'm gonna get better and better."
Lauren Houlon from ESPN 980 was with me, listening to all this, and pointed out to Smoot that he has also profession a passion for bass fishing. "I love it, but that's more of a hobby, and I don't want to bring the world into that," Smoot said. "I like to separate myself from the world when I'm fishing."
She asked him whether he might take up skate-boarding; "I ain't gonna do skateboarding, that's too dangerous," he said.
He said he hasn't yet talked to PBA officials about his dreams, but he trusted they would see this item, which they will. At the least, I'm counting on them to invite him to roll out the first ball at an upcoming tourney. I also asked him about his Great Falls neighbor, Gilbert Arenas, who has already found his way onto United States Bowling Congress promotional materials.
"Gilbert can bowl, and I'm challenging him now," Smoot said. "If he ever wants to meet me we can give all the winnings to a foundation of his choice, but I challenge him to a bowl-off. Really, I challenge him to get him a team of Wizards and I'm gonna get my team of Redskins, and we'll meet them anywhere....Tell him I challenge him to a du-al, to a DU-AL!" Smoot screamed.
"Five people, you bring your five, we'll bring our five," Smoot said to Andray Blatche.
"We're gonna bring it to y'all," Blatche promised.
"He ain't gonna tote the team," Smoot said of Blatche. "I'm gonna tote my team."
More on this tomorrow, obviously, when the Skins return from their bowl-a-thon.
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