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Posts Tagged ‘Kickers’

Poor Nate Kaeding

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Nate Kaeding

Oh, the life of an NFL kicker. Miss three kicks the entire season (while making a few game-winners) and nobody notices you. Miss three kicks in a divisional playoff and everybody in the sports world knows your name, and it’s not because of your regular season accuracy, either. After getting bounced by the surprising New York Jets, the San Diego Chargers faithful don’t have to look too far to place blame.

Internet message boards aren’t the only places taking swipes at Kaeding, either. Just ask the guest hosts of today’s Jim Rome Show (radio, not ESPN) and the joke they made at Kaeding’s expense. Granted, I laughed parts of my behind off, but that just means I’m going to hell, too. I’m still not sure on this whole “having fun at the expense of others” thing, so forgive any “low blow” actions on my part.

The joke in question:

After the game ended, Nate Kaeding tried to hang himself. Unfortunately, when he went to kick the chair out, he missed.

Um, yeah. I’m so going to hell for laughing at that, aren’t I?

Oh well.

I doubt very seriously I’ll be the only one there.

H/t to TBL for the image.

Update
Apparently, Kaeding’s Wikipedia page was defaced to include the joke I heard on Rome’s show. Unfortunately, said defacing has been corrected.

It’s a Hard Knock Life for Shaun Suisham


Ah, the life of an NFL kicker. It’s the position no one cares about on an NFL team — that is, as long as said kicker is not missing. Just ask Washington Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham. Against the New Orleans Saints, Suisham was doing what kickers should: making the short field goals and hitting the extra points; in other words, he wasn’t in a position to be recognized. He was simply doing what he was signed to do, and doing it successfully.

That is, until there were under two minutes left to play in the game — 1:56 to be exact.

At that precise moment, Suisham went from the pages of “unknown” to “infamous,” thanks to an errant kick of the leg, leading to an ugly, ugly miss of chip-shot field goal that would’ve given the Redskins a 10-point lead, and would’ve directly contributed to the Saints, in all likelihood, losing their first game of the season.

And what did Suisham do with the opportunity he was given? He failed. Instead of splitting the uprights, Suisham simply missed. His miss was so surprising, even Tony Dungy — considered one of the NFL’s nicer guys — absolutely threw Washington’s kicker directly under the bus. When asked how he’d deal with such failings, Dungy simply responded:

“I’d have to cut him before he cost me my job.”

Keep in mind that, up until his tremendous gaffe against the Saints, Suisham had been incredibly accurate. In fact, prior to the Saints failure, Suisham had only missed two field goals all season, and both of those came against the Dallas Cowboys during the Redskins’ 7-6 loss.

If you are going to miss field goals, Suisham’s lesson is obvious: make sure they are important ones that drastically alter the outcome of the game.