I haven’t watched ESPN since SportsCenter stopped being cool back in the late nineties, so I never heard of Stephen A. Smith until UFC started negotiating with “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.” What I gather from the clips I’ve seen is that he likes to shout at the camera and rile people up with his opinion.
Hey, it’s a tried-and-true formula.
I also never heard of Derek Carr, because I don’t live in Oakland and football is only meaningful to me when my beloved New York Giants are doing well. They’re not, and they haven’t been for quite some time, so I’ve checked out.
Now that we’ve established my ignorance in both matters, I will pass along news that Carr asked UFC President Dana White if the promotion would book something akin to “Pros vs. Joes,” where athletes get to fight analysts who infuriate them.
@ufc @danawhite hey how do I challenge a couple of these clowns on tv to a fight? I think we should start a business together. Where pro athletes can challenge some of these people to an octagon fight until they give us an answer.... You don’t know me... stop lying.— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 23, 2019
Sound silly? Not as silly as the odds that were released for Smith vs. Carr.
Raiders’ QB @derekcarrqb has asked for a UFC fight with @stephenasmith. Bovada released odds on a potential Stephen A. Smith vs. Derek Carr fight.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 24, 2019
Stephen A. Smith -130
Derek Carr -110
So there’s that.....
At least someone in this ordeal has some sense.
Why in the hell would I do that? I’m 51 years old. https://t.co/97XWWCwtBp— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 25, 2019
I know this sounds pointless and stupid, but just remember that UFC is the same promotion to give fights to James Toney, CM Punk, and Greg Hardy, so I can’t rule anything out these days.