Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Obviously, star running backs kicking field goals would never fly today, but I'd like to think that Tomlinson, had he played back then, would have had the foresight not to use the most lumpy and angular part of his foot in kicking for accuracy. Hell, given his ability to throw pretty spirals, I'm guessing he could strap on the kicking shoes tomorrow and hit better than 54%.I dunno, maybe RB's should kick field goals. Also, let's remember that Hornung played on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field while LT plays in sunny San Diego. Just sayin'...
Some good news for the Redskins (who are out of it for this year but can still play spoiler). From Tandler's Redskin's Blog:
Shaun Suisham has made seven straight field goals. That’s not a Moseley-like streak by any means, but it is possible that the Redskins have a young leg that can stick around for a few years. Nobody will be completely sold until he makes a game-winner in December, but the early signs are good.Ya gotta look for that silver lining when your team is in a rebuilding phase. As a long-time Celtic's basketball fan, I know that can be a long phase...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
He didn't end up kicking last week for the Giants so at least this will give him something to talk about on the bench on Sunday.
Congrats Sean. Div II Hall o' Fame baby! Yeah!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
'I keep a little journal, things I remember when I go out,'' Jones said. ``There's so much stuff that goes into my thoughts, and if you start thinking about everything, it's too much.''
Sunday's entry: ``Catch, get it out, finish the kick.''
Certainly seems to be working for Donnie
Monday, December 11, 2006
...(the) punter for Vanderbilt Kyle Keown is up on assault charges for hitting his girlfriend and then grabbing his teammate by the wedding tackle. To cap off a fun evening he then climbed into the room of the guy whose nuts he just crushed and threatened him with a knife.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Carmody, a junior, made 20-of-23 field goal attempts and all 57 of his extra point tries this season for the Cardinals.Congratulations, Art. The Toe would be proud.
John Vaughn of Auburn University and Garrett Hartley of Oklahoma University were the other finalists.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Just for fun, here are the past ten winners:
2005 - Alexis Serna, Oregon State
2004 - Mike Nugent, Ohio State
2003 - Jonathan Nichols, Ole Miss
2002 - Nate Kaeding, Iowa
2001 - Seth Marler, Tulane
2000 - Jonathan Ruffin, Cincy
1999 - Sebastian Janikowski, Florida St
1998 - Sebastian Janikowski, Florida St
1997 - Martin Gramatica, Kansas St
1996 - Marc Primanti, NC State
John Vaughn, Auburn University, is currently tied for 3rd in the NCAA with 19 made field goals on the season. The senior is 19 of 23 in field goals. Twice this season Vaughn has made four field goals in a game. This season Vaughn is 2 of 3 in field goals 50 yards and longer. His season long came against Mississippi State when he connected on a 55-yard field goal. Also, Vaughn is a perfect 32 of 32 in extra points this season. Vaughn was also named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week twice this season.
Arthur Carmody, University of Louisville, has been tremendously accurate all season long. On the year he has connected on 94.1% of his field goals. That percentage is currently the 3rd best in the NCAA for place-kickers who have attempted at least 10 field goals. Carmody is 16 of 17 in field goals this season with a long of 51-yards. The junior place-kicker is currently first among kickers in points per game with 9.3 points per game. Carmody is also a perfect 45 for 45 in extra points this season. On three occasions this year Carmody was 3 of 3 in field goals, helping his team win all three games.
Garrett Hartley, University of Oklahoma, has connected on 17 of 18 field goals this season. His only miss on the year came on a blocked 44-yard field goal against Oregon. Hartley currently ranks 2nd among all players in the Big 12 Conference with 8.2 points per game. The junior place-kicker’s season long is a 46-yard field goal against Iowa State. Hartley has also remained perfect this season in extra point attempts going 39 of 39. Twice this year Hartley was named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week.
Congrats to all three finalists. Good luck tonight!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The Total Titans Blog takes a closer look.
Bironas became only the sixth kicker to make an attempt of 60 yards or longer in the regular season. Ola Kimrin once kicked a 65-yarder in a preseason game in the altitude in Denver. Coincidentally, Kimrin was Bironas’ main competition in training camp last year.Check out the whole piece here.
From the NY Daily News:
"I have been punting two to three times a week in case a situation like this arose," Landeta said. "You never want to see another player, especially one like Jeff, have physical problems. Hopefully this provides the Giants with some peace of mind.Over at New York Giants Blog they point out an added element of intrigue in that Feagles has broken all of the team records Landeta himself set as the Giants kicker over ten years ago.
Also, check out this awesome recap of Sean's early days in the USFL. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Philidephia Stars in 1983! (where I got the sweet headshot!)
Man, the lifespan of the kicker is pretty damn impressive but ya gotta wonder if these older guys are really going to put themselves in the path of some of these monstrously powerful return-men currently on the field should they be needed to make a TD-saving tackle. And if they did, would they be able to get up and keep kicking...?
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Coach Shanahan had NEVER before attempted a fake field goal:
"Part of the reason is that I don't want to take a chance of getting the kicker hurt... Jason assured me that he would not be hurt."
Elam had two great quotes responding to questions after the game:
"I'm not kidding, 12 years. I didn't think he would ever, ever run it. He actually told me earlier in the week, he said, 'Now, you can't pull a hamstring on this."and
"I think it's probably just that I hadn't run in a long, long time."via The Daily Herald
Monday, December 04, 2006
It is hard to think even where to begin - but I've got to go with Rob Bironas' 60-yarder to upset Indy. I will say that Indy has been due for an upset with all those close wins, but man, what a great kick.
Then there's the Tuna's internal monologue - "Thank god he made that kick or I'd be the biggest schmuck in the world" kick by Cowboys' Martin Gramatica, recently acquired from the retirement home, that took away what would have been a much-needed win by the Giants.
Oh, and how about Josh Brown booting his FOURTH game-winner of the season for the Seahawks?!
I'll have more on all of this as the day goes on, but for now I am basking in the afterglow of kicker glories.
Friday, December 01, 2006
So, the future should be wide open for Jeff Wolfert - the Missouri Tigers diver-turned-kicker. According to an article in the Belville News:
The sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., who came to Missouri in 2004 on a diving scholarship, has become the Tigers' most quietly consistent source of points this year. After beating out senior Adam Crossett, Wolfert has made 17-of-19 field goals this season and all 40 of his extra point attempts.
Seems like a natural transition to me...
As the article in the Charlotte Observer points out, Jason is the polar opposite of Carolina's previous boot-man, the T.O. of punters, Todd Sauerbraun.
"Most of the time I say no when people walk up and say, `can we talk to you?' " Baker said this week while standing in front of his locker. "My goal is just to do my job. I don't do it for the additional attention, I do it because this is what I was blessed with and I have a responsibility to take these gifts and do what I can do with them. I don't look at it any deeper than that."
I love this quote. Not only is it humble, but you have to be glad that he is using his gift for good and not for evil.
Panther's themselves have a nice little piece on Jason as well.
As Adam Vinatieri put it:
"Sometimes if you're a lineman or something, you can get kind of lost in the shuffle," Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri said. "But if you're a kicker, you're on an island, and everybody sees what you've done, good or bad."
If there was ever a Rodney Dangerfield of sports it would have to be the kicker.
This weekend's Vikings/Bears match-up should be quite a challenge for Minnesota's chris Kluwe, who must try to keep the ball away from Chicago return specialist (and Public Enemy #1 for the NY Giants) rookie Devin Hestert.
Said Kluwe in the Twin City's Star-Tribune:
"I just need to be that extra bit more careful about trying to get the ball to the sideline, make sure he doesn't have a lot of field to work with," Kluwe said of his approach. "He's a very dynamic returner, so as much as possible [we want to] prevent him from returning the ball."
This should be a great special teams game to watch.