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Stephen A. Smith Thinks Russell Westbrook Is a Great Quarterback

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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterDecember 4, 2013

You know who can really march a team down the gridiron? Oklahoma Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

That’s Stephen A. Smith’s opinion, at least. The ESPN personality/NBA guru weighed in Tuesday on the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the New Orleans Saints and continued to accidentally refer to Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson as “Russell Westbrook.”

Smith’s gaffe-a-palooza was spotted by Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing (h/t John Ferensen of Next Impulse Sports), and it seemed as though it would never end.

It would appear that someone would rather be harping on the Thunder, as opposed to discussing the horrendous slaughter that was Monday Night Football this week. 

In his defense, Smith’s brain is hardwired for basketball. He is, after all, the best friend of every superstar in the NBA. He loves them like a brother.

Football is something Smith has to cover as part of his job. If it were up to him, I’m convinced he would speak nary a word about anyone other than LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant.

Furthermore, as someone who has accidentally called the Thunder guard by the wrong name before, I can empathize with Smith on a certain level (for once in my life). 

My gaffe involved referring to the Thunder guard as “Brian Westbrook”—the former Philadelphia Eagles running back. It’s an easy mistake to make, although I did limit the accident to a one-time event. Smith, on the other, probably would’ve kept at it the entire segment had Cari Champion not corrected him.

Dust yourself off, Stephen A. (I know you're really stewing over it)—it wasn’t your first gaffe, and it won’t be your last.


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