the study of the kicking components within sports

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kicking in the 80's

The 1980's gave us Live Aid, cabbage patch dolls, E.T., Dallas, new wave, Reaganomics, personal computers, Rubik's cubes, MTV, Back to the Future, yuppies, Miami Vice, leg warmers, AIDS, hair metal, space shuttles, Trivial Pursuit, Rain Man, Cheers, rap, and the Exxon Valdez.
It also gave us a wealth of kicking moments, records, beginnings, endings, and honors... along with some bad weather.

1980 John Kincheloe made 15 PATs, the most ever in a college game, for Portland State (NCAA Div. 1AA) vs. Delaware State.

1981 QB/K George Blanda elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1981 Wind Chill Bowl (AFC Championship) 1981 - Jim Breech (Cincinnati) vs. Rolf Benirschke (San Diego).

1982 Super Bowl XVI - San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21 49ers kicker Ray Wersching made four field goals (tied for most in one Super Bowl game).

1982 The Snow Plow Game 12/12/82 - John Smith (Patriots) vs. Uwe von Shamann (Dolphins)

1983 Ali Haji-Sheikh made 35 FGs (most by a rookie in a season) for NY Giants.

1983 Mark Moseley attempted 204 kicking points. His 161 points at the time was a record, although it is now third.

1983 Jim Asmus' 57 yarder for the Arizona Wranglers against the  Los Angeles Express is tied (2-way) for the longest FG in USFL history.

1984 Brian Speelman's 57 yarder for the Denver Gold against the Oakland Invaders is tied (2-way) for the longest FG in USFL history.

1984 Uwe von Schamann attempted 70 PATs and was successful on 66 (second most in a season) for Miami.

1985 Dirk Borgognone made a 68 yard FG (longest ever high school kick) in Reno High School's 34-14 win over Sparks HS (Nevada).

1985 Kevin Butler scored 144 points (most in a season by a rookie) for Chicago.

1986 Gerry Foster's 57 yarder for Saint Mary's College against Mt. Allison is the the longest FG in Canadian College (CIS).

1986 Mark Moseley, the NFL's last full-time straight-ahead place kicker, retired.

1987 Punter Steve Cox kicked the last straight-ahead field goal in the NFL.

1988 Fog Bowl 1988 - Luis Zendejas (Philadelphia) vs. Kevin Butler (Chicago).

1989 The NCAA eliminated the use of a tee.

1989 Rich Karlis made seven FGs (5-way tie for second most in one NFL game) for Minnesota against the LA Rams (OT).

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