UnNews:Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Saturday, February 3, 2018
WASHINGTON -- No, not another article about the folly that has befallen our nation's capital. (That one's next.) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is being traded to the Washington Redskins. If this headline doesn't write itself, I don't know what does.
The Kansas City football team has reached an agreement with the Washington team to trade Mr. Smith -- a "veteran starter of the last five seasons," according to The Kansas City Star -- to the Chiefs. We don't yet know how many smackaroos Mr. Smith is gonna get out of this deal, as the new league year doesn't begin until March 14 at 3pm. (I don't know about the time zone, but who cares about such trivial things? Also, this is assuming the groundhog saw its shadow.)
That's pretty much it so far. The cinema-savvy among us have made jokes about this news by appropriating the title of Frank Capra's 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jimmy Stewart as a newly-appointed Senator to fights against corruption in Washington. Controversial in its day, it nevertheless became a box office behemoth and was nominated for eleven Academy Awards.
One can only imagine Alex Smith filibustering in the Senate or Jimmy Stewart playing football. Where's Clarence when you need him?
- Terez A. Paylor "Chiefs trade Alex Smith to Washington, saving $17 million" Kansas City Star, January 30, 2018