Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kicking Back with Kickers!

For the past seven years I have competed in a pay-to-play Fantasy Football league. Many of those years I was the only female among the group. The other gentlemen in the league are spread throughout the United States and although I’ve never met many of them in person, I consider them to be friends.

As with any fantasy league we have certain scoring rules and the rules are subject to change in any year. This year our scoring system for kickers was updated such that a field goal of 50-59 yards is worth five points, a field goal of 60-69 yards is now worth seven points and a field goal of 70+ yards is worth ten points. Previously any field goal greater than 50 yards was worth five points. I didn’t personally see the need to change the rules, but had no objection either, as field goals greater than 60 yards are rare. But how rare are they? The following website follows the history of NFL field goals The current record was set by Tom Dempsey in 1970 at 63 yards and tied by Jason Elam in 1998. The longest field goal last year was 57 yards by Nate Kaeding and Sebastian Janikowski. Since 2000 only two 60+ field goals one of 62 yards and one of 60 yards have been recorded, both in 2006.

While looking for the NFL record for longest field goals I was reminded of my High School years. I attended Permian High School in Odessa, TX – yes, THE Permian High School of “Friday Night Lights” fame. I was also in the band which means I traveled to all of the district and play-off games. There was one semi-final play-off game in which my Panthers were down 7-9 to Longview late in the fourth quarter. After being stopped on third down and with Permian unlikely to receive the ball on offense again, the coaches opted for a field goal. Out steps Russell Wheatley who proceeds to kick a 62 yard clutch field goal that won the game and allowed Permian to proceed to the state final. At that time 62 yards was the record for high school football. Since that time a 65 yard field goal has been reported at the high school level.

So what are the odds we will see a 70+ yard field goal? Not very good. But this one thing I do know, when/if it happens, someone will be waiting in the locker room handing a urine cup to that Kicker.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Let them eat cake!

Cake? Cake?! Did someone say, “Cake”??!!!

I suppose just about everyone loves cake. How could you not with the many different varieties at our fingertips. There is pound cake, short cake, coffee cake, ice cream cake, pudding cake, cheesecake and the ever present Christmas fruit cake. Additionally you can choose from chocolate, vanilla, lemon and strawberry flavors to name a few. With all of this diversity it isn’t surprising that people enjoy cake.

When I say that I enjoy cake that is what I actually mean. I enjoy the cake, especially if the cake is moist and fresh. I don’t really need any frosting, just let me eat cake. However, that isn’t the case with everyone. You see recently I signed up for a twitter account. I started following people I know and looking at the tweets my friends received from other people. In this way I was able to locate many new and interesting people that I could follow as well. This one person in particular, let’s just call her pianoeditor, would tweet – Cake? Cake?! Did someone say, “Cake”??!!! – everytime someone would mention cake. Thus I made the assumption that pianoeditor liked cake. That is until a mutual twitterpal tweeted about having strawberry shortcake for dessert. I tweeted back something to the effect of “Shhhhhhh don’t let pianoeditor hear you say that as she loves cake". Boy did I have egg (an ingredient in cake) on my face when I was promptly informed by pianoeditor that “Cake is but a delivery vehicle for FROSTING!!!.” Since strawberry shortcake doesn’t have FROSTING…………….. So I have come to the conclusion that pianoeditor is more interested in the “Icing on the cake”. But then the cake and the icing can live in harmony and most people would prefer them together. Who knows, maybe someday I can show her the inherent goodness of the actual cake and she can show me the inherent goodness of the icing.

So how about you, are you a “Let them eat cake” or an “Icing on the cake” type of person?