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Will Someone Please Explain It To Me
December 22, 2009 - Al Stephenson
Two weeks ago the undefeated New Orleans Saints went to play a Washington Redskins team tht seemingly had no chance of stopping the Bayou juggernaut. Then the game was played. Washington took a touchdown lead late into the game and was driving for the "put the game out of reach" score.
They intentionally set up for a chip shot field goal and the ten point lead that would certainly guarantee victory. Unfortunately kicker Shaun Suisham missed the easy kick. The Saints went the length of the field to score the tying TD in less than two minutes and won the game in overtime.
The Redskins responded to the missed kick by cutting Suisham. Apparently this was not the first important kick that he has missed.
Two short weeks later the Dallas Cowboys are playing the still undefeated Saints in New Orleans and lead by a touchdown late in the game. They are driving for that "put the game out of reach" score and they too set up for a chip shot field goal. Didn't they learn anything from the Redskins???
Dallas kicker Nick Folk pulls a "Suisham" and hits the upright on his kick giving the Saints one last chance to tie the game. This time the Saints luck runs out as the Cowboys defense sacks Drew Brees and recovers his fumble with six seconds to go.
The Cowboys were not happy with Folk and decided that he too had to go and they cut him. Apparently this was not the first important kick that he has missed.
If the story ended here I wouldn't be writing this blog. However the Cowboys tried out half a dozen kickers to replace Folk and today signed - SHAUN SUISHAM!!!!!!!!
What? WHAT THE H*^#*????
Let me see if I got this right. The Dallas Cowboys cut a kicker for missing crucial kicks and then sign the guy that the Washington Redskins cut two weeks previous FOR THE SAME REASON!!!!!!!!
The view from my seat (scratching my head over and over) suggests that a lot of football people have said that kickers are a different breed, a little weird if you will. Well now we know why, don't we?
I guess you can put me in the same category as a kicker, because this whole thing weirds me out!
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