After the Carolina Panthers were bumped out of the playoffs by the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend, Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was asked if he had a rooting interest in the NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
His response? Not amused.
You really want me to thump you upside the head? That was the dumbest question, and that’s the second dumbest question you’ve asked. I only cheer for one team. Actually, two teams. My team and my kid’s team. Other than that I can give a bleep.
Okay, I’m not exactly good at what you may call “reading between the lines” — hell, I’m not even good at plain ol’ reading — but I’m going to go out on a limb and interpret Smith’s statement as indicating he doesn’t really care who wins the NFC Championship Game. Just a hunch.
Smith had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in the loss.