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Emmitt Smith’s Poker Stash Is Trash

Not related, but I would like to point out that his beard remains weird as well.

Mush-mouthed Emmitt Smith has continued his assault on the English language, only this time it wasn’t the running back mispronouncing words to such an extent they are nearly unidentifiable. Instead, he couldn’t manage to make a four word pronouncement at a poker tournament without fouling it up.

Smith was in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker to compete and was given the honor of making the traditional announcement of “Shuffle up and deal,” a phrase which apparently opens every poker tournament.

From Andrew Feldman’s poker blog via ESPN Dallas:

The final starting day of the 2010 main event began with everyone standing and applauding as Emmitt Smith was introduced. “How ’bout them Cowboys,” was shouted from the tables, and Smith replied in kind, then looked out at the crowd, proclaimed his excitement and let out, “Shuffle up and play!” A good laugh echoed through the room before Smith grabbed the microphone again and said, “Shuffle up and deal!” Smith then headed over to his table, sat down for action and began his Day 1 just like every other player in the room with hopes of main event glory.

D’oh! It reminds of when Adrian Peterson performed the traditional “Let’s Play Hockey!” chant which opens up every Minnesota Wild home game and instead of remembering those three paltry words, Peterson said, “It’s time…to play…hockey!” Not good.

And it didn’t get better for Emmitt Smiff from that point forward during the competition, as he summarily eliminated just hours into the tournament, not making it past Level 2. D’oh indeed.

Emmitt fumbles at World Series of Poker [ESPN Dallas]
(previously at the Sportress: Adrian Peterson Says It’s Time To Play Hockey So You Better Listen Up!)