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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Straight On To The End

On September 13, 1987, Steve Cox made a 40 yard field goal. It was slightly unusual, in that Cox was primarily a punter. On occasion however, he would handle longer field goal attempts - 15 throughout his 8 year career. But that is not why we remember that particular kick.

Throughout history, humankind has demonstrated the ability to learn, adapt, and change. But change is not always easy - especially fundamental shifts. Some individuals will cling to the old ways, despite the inevitable change sweeping passed them. Some will complain until the bitter end.

Ed Agner recollects on the personal impact of one such fundamental change in the kicking game:
"It happened every time. I knew the routine and the dialogue by heart. I could even see it coming most of the time too. The kicker would line up, I'd get a queasy feeling in my stomach and think of ways to steal the remote and change the channel before the side-winding kicker sent a ball sailing wide right or left and Dad launched into his diatribe about the evils of soccer-style kickers. It didn't matter how many times the advantages of kicking soccer-style was explained, my Dad hated soccer-style kickers with a passion usually reserved for hippies, lawyers, politicians, the IRS and door-to-door salesmen. Dad wanted (and still wants, actually) a world where ALL kickers looked like mechanics or shady used-car salesmen, kicked straight-on and played a REAL position too. Or two out of three of those at least - with kicking straight-on being mandatory. In the NFL after George Blanda, Don Cockroft, Tom Dempsey and Jim Turner were put out to pasture, Mark Moseley was the closest thing to a King to my Dad - which was odd given Dad's Cowboy fandom but..."
Criticism of the new soccer style kickers was certainly not limited to fans. The soon-to-be-extinct straight ahead kickers had less than favorable things to say. The aforementioned Don Cockroft commented:
"They were flaky kickers. They were weird. I'm sorry, but I always considered myself an athlete and these guys were, like, funny.... I kept asking myself, ‘What are these weird, wimpy dudes doing kicking the ball?' They didn't even know what football was. They were coming to the ball from the side. They were strange. They were just these little guys."
The straight ahead kickers came to the brink of extinction in 1986, when Mark Moseley retired. He was the last full-time straight-on kicker in the league. The honors for the final straight kick however belonged to a part-timer. In the latter years of Moseley's career, the Washington Redskins began letting the strong-legged punter handle long field goal attempts. Steve Cox's 40 yarder is now a trivia question answer. Of course he could lose that distinction if there is ever a straight-ahead revival, something that ten years ago Moseley suggested is within the realm of possibility:
"There's no reason a straight-ahead kicker, if he kicked that way, and put the time in as these other guys, couldn't do it. My son kicked straight ahead in high school, and was very good. He could have kicked in college. He decided not to, but there's no reason he couldn't have gone on.... It's a sign of the times. I was the last one so there's nobody else out there for kids to see kick that way. Now, the coach goes over to the soccer team, and recruits his placekicker. Then they go and get coached in that style, and that's how it's done....

The problem is you can't find a square-toed shoe anymore. No one makes a square-toed shoe."


Anonymous said...

Actually, you can find straight-on kicking shoes at And the real reason straight-on kicking has largely died out is because no one who tried it knew much about sports psychology; and therefore, no one could consistently swing his leg straight through the middle of the football (that's all there is to it) and consistently kick a ball straight. Consequently, the top straight-on NFL kickers of all-time had a career field-goal percentage near 66%; whereas top soccer-style NFL kickers are at around 86% for career percentage. That's quite a difference, but I'd venture to say that a straight-on kicker could easily top that if he was truly knowledgeable in sports psychology.

Anonymous said...

Football is a game of trends, as life is. It is interesting to follow trends. Coaches just adapt. Many pick up what is trendy. Kicking is particularly interesting. Coaches, including entire staffs at HS, college and pros, are ignorant about kicking. The kicking school industry, a for profit grouping, rank their own students and peddle them to colleges through rankings. The quality criteria (try hang time)really don't match the reality of scoring and field positions (but it is easy for ranking). But coaches don't know and just go with the flow. The two elements of kicking are focus and technique. Players are benched for the season because a simple ten minute correction is not seen by coaches because they don't know kicking.

"Straight-on" versus "side winder" "angle", or "soccer style" kickers is the perfect example of trend football and coaching ignorance. Also, most coaches weren't interested in kickers (if the coaches were even around)and so don't remember straight-on kicking. What is gone and not remembered can't be any good. Ask all the posters who have lots of opinions and no facts on comparison. Facts and not stats are needed. Football surfaces, climates, equipment, and players are different today. The urban legends are set in stone by people who only read and repeat posts.

It is time for straight-on kickers to compete under the same conditions head-on with angle kickers. How interesting that will be. How many coaches will buck the trend.? None, until the trend is changed and then they'll have a problem in deciding what to do.

Anonymous said...

There's definitely more to kicking straight-on than just swinging your leg straight through (as most of the greats could actually do that), though that is, without a doubt, an absolutely essential aspect of precise, accurate straight-on kicking. And I do concur that sports psychology is also important, as is psychology. Though, if you also have an understanding of philosophy, you'll be far ahead of the pack. In my mind, straight-on kicking is not dead, it's the future of kicking; because that form, when done correctly, produces an absolutely straight kick every time. And it's actually more difficult to get that kind of ultra-precise accuracy with soccer-style kicking. But soccer-style kicking does require significantly less knowledge (to be accurate and consistent) than does straight-on kicking, which is why soccer-kicking has risen to prominence: virtually anyone without a PhD could do it. But mark my words, straight-on kicking is the future of precision kicking.

Anonymous said...

It will have to start at the D1 level in college. They set all the trends and once they are set in their ways it is almost impossible to change their mindset. It almost happened early this century when a straight ahead kicker from Mt. Carmel HS in Chicago got a full ride to Florida; but he did kickoffs only-he never attempted a field goal or PAT.

Anonymous said...

Zenon Andrusyshyn from UCLA was one of the last, great examples of the art imo. Played for the Argos, Ti-Cats, Eskimos and Alouettes in the CFL, the Chiefs in the NFL and the Bandits in the USFL. His stats come out at just under 60% for FGs, long of 57yds.

I remember a guy playing pre-season for the Rams - played in the London game, though the Rams went with Mike Lansford when they really needed the kick! Sorry buddy, can't remember your name. Just round about the time they got rid of the 1" tee in college, so whether that had an effect, who knows.

Speaking as a kicker who's played around with the technique in the past, one of the main issues with it is that the holder needs to be absolutely spot on with his hold, as if it is even slightly off, the kicker finds it extremely difficult to adjust to the bad placement, compared to a sidewinder.

However, I don't see any reason why it couldn't make a comeback. If a guy is kicking every fg and pat asked of him, what coach is going to turn his nose up at that?

The new(ish) American Wedge style of kicking utilises a lot of the base principles associated with straight-on kicking (full leg-lock on contact etc) compared to the old(er) pure soccer-style of sidewinder.

Oh - and if anyone fancies giving it a go, do a shoe in a lovely shade of funereal black. ;)

Morgan Lineberry said...

From my understanding, the reason soccer-style kicking has dominated the scene is because it is more prone to success with the way the rules are set in today's game. Allow me to explain:

"Straight-On" kicking increases potential distance because it utilizes more of the quadriceps- which is the strongest muscle in the leg- and increases the amount of weight in the foot behind the ball (more simply, you can get your entire foot behind the ball which creates more potential energy through the ball). However, even with a square-toe shoe, the amount of surface area that makes contact with the football is significantly less than "soccer-style" which dramatically affects accuracy. Being able to control the direction of the football is a direct result of how much surface area of the foot contacts the football. The same reasoning is behind the over-sized head drivers in golf: would you rather use a driver that can hit the ball 300 yards and has much more control of the flight path of the ball or use a driver that can hit the ball 350 yards but provides little control over the flight path? Much the same, "soccer-style" kicking may sacrifice the potential distance of a kick but it provides a style that is more prone to accuracy.

Now, to answer my thesis: the reason "soccer-style" is better fit for the rules is because it has generally and historically proven to be more accurate. With a missed field goal now coming back to the spot of the miss (its been a few decades since this rule was changed), a coach needs to feel more sure of success. Back when the rules treated a missed FG like a punt, coaches were much more likely to allow longer field goal attempts because a miss had much less impact on field position. Therefore, a "straight-on" kicker could be considered just as much of a weapon.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Steve Cox made a 60 yard field goal!

Anonymous said...

'' "Straight-On" kicking increases potential distance because it utilizes more of the quadriceps- which is the strongest muscle in the leg- and increases the amount of weight in the foot behind the ball (more simply, you can get your entire foot behind the ball which creates more potential energy through the ball).''

This may at first seem true, however sidewinders also bring into play the core body muscles and this helps generate much greater torque into the 2nd ''drive'' step on top of the power generated by the quad.

Look at the foot-speed at point of impact and I think you will find it is much greater in the sidewinder/American Wedge fact, this is one of the main points of thinking behind the original American Wedge, which was to incorporate the best features of both straight ahead and earlier soccer styles.

Morgan Lineberry said...

I considered that very point awhile, but I decided that it was moot, and here's why: while the torque created from the rotation of the core transitioned into the hips is a great indicator of leg speed and its a multi-lateral torque that compounds (increases) the amount of energy created, the hips can also create unilateral torque with the "straight-on" style. Basically, instead of snapping the hips to the side with soccer style, the hips in "straight-on" are rotated upward, much like a punt. As a result, the combination of the amount of energy created between leg speed and weight of the lever (foot) in each style are varied individually but combined they are roughly equal. And on this premise, I deduced the greater incorporation of the quad as the deciding variable between the two.

All this being said, I think we basically agree on the main point of the discussion. Additionally, I don't have access to a human performace lab to test out my theory so I don't have any historical data to support it, but I believe my statements follow the logic well enough to hold some weight.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it would be extremely interesting to have a true scientific study done. I used to have access to such facilities but alas, no longer.

I have to agree that I am going mostly on personal experience. When I try both styles side-by-side, it simply feels like there is more power there in the sidewinder style. However, this could obviously be explained by the fact that that is my usual style and the muscles used for that are more developed.

It seems to me, that if a kicker was to make a breakthrough, it would be someone who had started out as a punter, so the kicking motion would not have to be altered that much.

Interestingly, you can find Colts' punter Pat Mcafee booming FGs of 65, 70 and 75 yard field goals during a training session on YouTube, where he is clearly capable of making 80 - 85yds. However, he is using a sidewinder style to do it...would he be as successful if he'd transferred the punting style into kicking straight on?

It should be noted that the reason he didn't, is probably due to the fact that he was also a soccer player at West Virginia.

It is also true that most of today's punters don't kick with the same technique as back in the 70's and 80's, as they actually stride out at an angle to the kicking leg side nowadays and not dead straight as they were taught then. Almost a very narrow-angled approach soccer style (there's that American Wedge again!).

Anonymous said...

Actually, there is an ESPN "Inside a Moment of Time" video out there that does use science to compare the issues mentioned above (which revealed that foot-speed at the point of impact favors soccer style kicking as does the surface area issue) in comparison of Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam's 63-yard field goals.

From a distance perspective, if you watch some of the Youtube videos from past games, you'll see that past straight-on kickers such as Mark Moseley and Tom Dempsey could kick long-distance field goals (i.e., they were just as able to kick the ball as high as the uprights from 40+ yards out and as far as today's kickers). Though, no doubt, if you're 5'9" 170 lbs, you're going to want to kick soccer style. Whereas, if you're 6'4" 240lbs, you could probably get away with the straight-on form.

But straight-on kicking started to die out when NFL rules moved the goal posts back 10 yards in 1974, and those 30+ yard field goal attempts were suddenly 40+ yard attempts; and simply put, straight-on kickers couldn't consistently hit those kicks of 40-49 yards that soccer-style kickers were (around the same time frame) starting to make - with much more regularity.

In fact, after the goal posts were moved back, only a couple of straight-on kickers ever made to the NFL; with the last straight-on kicker to break in being Tom Birney, with the Packers, in 1979 (source: Wikipedia). By 1982, there was only one straight-on kicker left in the NFL (Moseley). Though there were a number of them that caught on with the USFL ('83-'85) and played until that league went under. That was 30 years ago.

But the real issue here, in my mind, is the necessity for straight-on kickers to have a much higher level of psychological awareness to consistently pull off the feat: an accurate kick. It's like any other skill, unless you can raise conscious awareness high enough to perform a particular task, just about any skill is difficult to do with consistency. And it's not just about "knowing more," a straight-on kicker must actually "do more," much more (psychologically), during the kicking process. That's really why it's so much harder to pull off on a consistent basis.

In fact, it appears to have been an insurmountable challenge for those long-gone straight-on kickers. Even Mark Moseley's MVP year ('82) was somewhat tainted with missed extra points, 1-5 FG kicking in the NFC playoffs that year, as well missed field goals in that season's Pro Bowl game. (His hot streak was very short-lived. Fortunately, that season was strike-shortened, and there were only 9 regular season games.)

And now the only role models of placekicking are all the much-easier-to-do-requiring-substantially-much-less-awareness soccer-style kickers. I don't blame 'em, but I would agree (from above) that straight-on kicking is (theoretically) a more precise skill.

Anonymous said...

Straight-on kicking isn't nearly as difficult as it seems. People make it difficult, just like anything else in life. They don't know enough to get out of their own way. Then they learn poor habits, and good luck at unlearning those habits - because you don't know how such habits took hold in the first place - or else you wouldn't have learned them! But if you took an athletic person who hadn't learned ineffectual habits, who actually understood the skill, he ought to be able to learn straight-on kicking in very short order, just like any other skill. And it wouldn't matter to a truly skilled kicker that you have a smaller surface area to contact, because if you give the brain the correct information, it WILL carry out any task necessary with EXTREME precision. (That's what people don't do in sports skills: they don't give their brains enough information - they don't raise their awareness to a high enough level - to consistently and flawlessly perform a particular task.) When (from above) it's stated that a straight-on kicker must "do more," he's saying you must raise awareness to a HIGHER DEGREE (i.e., you must give the brain more correct information) than what is required of soccer-style kicking. And as far as having a holder put the ball in the perfect place, that's not always going happen in the real world. But a truly skilled kicker can easily adjust to that; it's the unskilled ones that won't able to make the necessary/automatic adjustment. All it's going to take to create a world of straight-on kickers is for someone who actually understands the skill to start teaching it to athletes. And with top NFL kickers earning upwards of $4 million dollars a year, I would think that might be a good business to start...

Anonymous said...

Whoever said coaches know nothing about kicking, could not have been more correct. What is more true though is that they know very little about special teams as a collective. College kicking is done mostly at a range of 30-39 yards including the ten yard set back from the goal line and seven yards more for the kicking spot; or the 13-22 yard scrimmage Wait a minute, by rule one back must be seven yards back and that a minimum and not an absolute. A few years back in an Iowa Hawkeye and Northern Iowa game the Hawkeyes blocked two FG attempts of 20 or 25 yards total because of low trajectory. Mathematics can change that. Something like ball weight, air pressure and dimensions can make a difference in success but the passer has a say because all balls used must be the same balls kicking, punting or passing. Punting requires straight line accuracy. You point the ball straight at the two yard out-of-bounds intersect of the sideline and that is the point of start play. You can forget hang time conveniently taught by kicking schools as a sales measurement. Straight on kickers learn one kick art. Soccer style kickers learn three; straight, pull, and pooch. Icing a kicker is a ridiculous approach for defending. Good kick coaching makes that a positive but there are no coaches that know how to do it. One last thought from my 125 page special teams book. Punt, and particularly kickoff, returns are a gold mine with coaches and they don't know it. There is a return scheme which has as high as 32% TOUCHDOWN return. Nobody understands the simply taught principles. An AG of a big conference told me that writing about football to coaches doesn't get it done as they are visual creatures. To end back at field goal kickers, straight on is best as kickers who compete against side-winders if for no other reasons than they are being taught incorrectly by schools and go un-coached thereafter. Give me 10 minutes and I'll correct a kicker who misses and he'll go straight through the next time. In the 2009 NFL regular season, Nate Kaeding, an All-American at the University of Iowa, connected on 91.4% (32/35) of his regular season field goals, a percentage that led the NFL (on retirement he had the second highest % ever in the NFL). In the AFC Divisional Round against the New York Jets, Kaeding's missed all three of his attempted field goals, from 36 (19 yard line), 57(40 yard line), and 40 yards (23 yard line); the Jets won the game 17-14. In his postseason career, Kaeding was 3-for-9 on field goal attempts at home and 8-for-15 (53.3%) overall in eight playoff games. What are coaches for? You see baseball coaches/managers quickly see and correct or replace a pitcher when he recognizes the pitchers form fails him. Ten minutes of coaching Kaeding would have done it but there was no one who knew how to coach, obviously. Millions of dollars are spent coaching on a season and virtually lose it for want of a ten minutes of kick coaching. You can locate his kicking in this game on line and watch his problem.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what type of kicking the author of the above post is talking about, because I doubt it's straight-on kicking. Which is an extremely complex skill. You may be able to describe it within 10 minutes, but you're certainly not going to learn it in that amount of time. For it involves quite a few key components, and if one of those is missing from a kick, in the half-second it takes to kick a football, the entire integrity of the kick will be severely undermined. And even if you do know what you're doing, your brain must learn the skill (i.e., fully integrate your knowledge) before you'll truly ever be any good with it. Which is going to require an extensive amount of practice time, and that's presuming you even have the requisite knowledge to consistently kick straight with the straight-on style; which no human being has ever revealed to the world in kickingdom history. Now I don't doubt for one second that straight-on kicking can be learned and performed consistently, but thus far I would agree with others that demonstrating a high level of proficiency with this skill (particularly with kicks beyond 40 yards) has never truly been put on display by anyone.

Anonymous said...

Straight-on kicking ought not be any more difficult than any other sports skill, provided one knows how to consistently perform the skill. However, the reason it seems so hard is that the leg swing (when left to its own devices) will not naturally swing straight ahead, but toward the opposing shoulder. And the only way to override that tendency is with a high degree of awareness/concentration.

Added to the problem is trying to simultaneously hit a target (i.e., the middle of the ball) with a leg swing that is not suited to swing through the middle of the ball. Hence, without that leg swing going straight, and kicking through the middle of the ball, you're going to end up with either a hooking or a slicing action (to varying degrees) with the ball as it leaves the foot. And consequently, as history has proven, a much lower percentage of successfully-made kicks between the goalposts than with the soccer-style form.

Granted, the same hooking and slicing of the ball can (and does) happen with soccer-style kicking, but the leg swing of the soccer-style method is (currently) much better suited toward kicking a football. That is unless a kicker truly understands the straight-on skill and how to perform it. He could then, theoretically, override the built-in weakness of the straight-on form with knowledge of sports psychology and consistently kick a ball straight ahead.

However, I think current understanding of sports psychology is not at a point where a person could consistently kick a ball straight with the straight-on style. So I think the bigger problem with straight-on kicking is not just one of "needing more awareness" than soccer-style kicking, but also a problem of needing higher levels of awareness of sports psychology! And that's a rather huge obstacle, unless the field of sports psychology becomes more evolved. Until that happens, for a straight-on kicker to do the skill with high precision and consistency would, literally, mean creating a higher level of sports psychology on his own. He will need to re-invent the sports psychology wheel.

In that case, a person who can do this skill well will know more about kicking than anyone else because he knows significantly more about sports psychology that anyone else. And that, as I see it, is the real challenge.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe that Mark Moseley's MVP season in 1982 turned out as bad as one person made it out to be. But after doing some digging online through the Pro Football Reference Guide, I discovered that after 8 regular games in '82 Moseley was 20-20 on field goals, and he was riding a then-NFL record of 23 field goals in a row dating back to the previous regular season. Though, in the 9th, and final game of that strike-shortened season, he missed his only field goal attempt of the game, to finish 20-21 (95%) on the year (then an NFL record for field goal percentage in a regular season). Yet, he was only 16-19 on extra points (84%) during the regular season.

And it appears as though he really struggled on field goals after that 8th regular season game, as he was just 2-6 on field goals during the three NFC playoff games that year, and he was also just 2-6 on field goals in the Pro Bowl game. Though he did make both of his attempts in the Super Bowl to go 6-14 on field goals in the post season. Thus, after starting the season 20-20 on field goals through 8 games, he was just 6-15 on field goals over the final 6 games to finish 26-35 (74%) for 14 games in 1982.

The following season (1983), Moseley was 33-47 (70%), during the regular season, and just 5-10 (50%) in three post season games, including going just 1-5 in the NFC Championship game. He finished the regular and post season going 38-57 (67%) on field goals for 19 games.

His subsequent years weren't significantly better: 24-31 (77%) on field goals in 1984 (though he was just 2-7 beyond 40 yards); 22-34 (65%) on field goals in 1985; and in 1986 he lasted just 6 games with the Redskins before getting cut after posting a mark of 6-12 (50%) on field goals (including 1-5 from 40-49 yards). Though he was picked up by Cleveland late in the season and he went 6-7 on field goals in 4 games (missing his only attempt beyond 40 yards).

It seems no straight-on kicker ever really excelled in the NFL 40-49 yard range, which today's soccer-style kickers routinely make. According to the Pro Football Reference Guide, only 4 times in NFL history has a straight-on kicker ever made at least 70% of kicks in the 40-49 yard range in a single season (on the basis of a minimum of 5 successful kicks in that range):

Don Cockcroft ’75, 5/5, 100% (49, 43, 42, 43, 42)
Don Cockcroft ’78, 10/12, 83% (40 - 4 times; 41 - 3 times; 43 - 2 times, 45 - 1 time)
Mark Moseley ‘82, 5/6, 83% (48, 45, 43, 42, 45)
Bruce Gossett ’70, 7/10, 70% (43, 42, 48, 41, 40, 44, 42)

You can see by looking at those successful kicks (in parentheses) that the vast majority of them were in the low 40-yard range, indicative of the notion that if a football isn't kicked straight, the further out it is kicked, it will tail off (as either a hook or a slice) and sail wide of the uprights.

And looking over the career numbers of top NFL straight-on kickers, they all had relatively low numbers in the 40-49 range (in comparison to today's NFL soccer-style kickers):

Mark Moseley 84-159 (53%)
Don Cockcroft 52-102 (51%)
Jim Bakken 50-115 (43%)
Jim Turner 56-140 (40%)
Fred Cox 50-137 (36%)
George Blanda 47-129 (36%)

Compare those numbers to some recent top soccer-style kickers' career numbers in the 40-49 yard range:

Dan Bailey 35-38 (92%)
Shaun Suisham 79-95 (84%)
Steven Hauschka 37-46 (80%)
Dan Carpenter 64-81 (79%)
John Kasay 97-125 (78%)

In fact, of the top 97 NFL kickers of all time, overall percentage-wise, with a minimum of 100 attempts, zero are straight-on kickers. Zero.

Anonymous said...

I have two comments based on the two most-recent postings. First, regarding the all-time field-goal percentages of NFL kickers (and how the top 97 NFL kickers of all time with a minimum of 100 attempts are soccer-style kickers), what skews the numbers even more in favor of soccer-style kicking is that most straight-on kickers had the advantage of kicking with the goal posts on the goal line for much of their careers, instead of the current ten yards further back (at the back of the goal line). This not only aided straight-on kickers in terms of making extra points (which were just 10 yards out instead of the more-recent 20 yards out), as well as the fact that straight-on kickers had the advantage of kicking field goals as short as 7 yards out (if an attempt was made from the line of scrimmage near the goal line).

Hence, straight-on kickers' numbers were significantly bolstered by the advantage (over today's kickers) of being ten yards closer to the goal posts on all their attempts; so they had significantly more attempts in the 7-yard to 30-yard range than do today's kickers. Without all those short field goals by straight-on kickers, the disparity (in overall field-goal percentage) between today's soccer-style kickers and straight-on kickers of the past would be even more dramatic.

Though, I would agree with the contention that if a straight-on kicker could actually learn the skill he ought to be more accurate than a soccer-style kicker, because he'd be less likely to have any hook or slicing action on a kicked ball.

Which brings me to my second point, regarding the reference to a straight-on kicker having to "re-invent the sports psychology wheel." It seems to me the answer to the straight-on kicking puzzle may be more daunting that we might imagine.

That's because sports psychology is a offshoot of psychology. Without first knowing psychology how can one possibly know much about sports psychology? So I suspect that a successful straight-on kicker, one able to compete and surpass today's soccer-style kickers, would actually have to re-invent the psychology wheel before he could re-invent the sports psychology wheel. And that might be a lot to ask from a kicker. Just saying...

Unknown said...

I've been kicking straight on for years and my accuracy percentage is 90% so I don't know if that means I'm special or what but it has been working pretty well for me.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmmmm... 90% as a straight-on kicker? There hasn't been a single straight-on kicker in the professional ranks in 30 years, nor a straight-on field goal kicker in Division 1 college ball since the late 80's, so rather than tell us who you are, or giving us a link to some video of that supposed 90% kicking, you remain mysteriously anonymous... I would imagine that just about anyone could make the 90%-claim if the goal posts were wide enough, and a straight-on kicker was close enough to the posts; and there was no TV audience of millions nor a live, raucous crowd watching; and there were no mean, grunting defenders rushing in; and there was no snap and hold and you had all the time in the world (instead of one second) to kick the ball; and one was kicking off a 2-inch tee instead of off the ground; etc., etc., etc.

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