September 30, 2010

Saints Sign Kicker John Carney: The New Orleans Saints have signed John Carney because of the field goal woes of Garrett Hartley. Hartley missed a 29-yard kick Sunday that would've given the Saints an overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons and is just 4-for-7 this season. He'll remain with the team. Carney, 46, began his 22-year NFL career when Hartley was just two years old.

posted by rcade to football at 12:13 PM - 18 comments

I don't know why this story makes me a little resentful on behalf of the other players who sacrifice their entire body to play football. The rules of the NFL protect certain positions so much that they can play into their 40s. Other players get little to no protection and are expected to carry so much weight that they will be lucky to make it to 46.

posted by bperk at 12:58 PM on September 30

What???

posted by mjkredliner at 01:41 PM on September 30

Carney might push Blanda for oldest player.

posted by graymatters at 02:19 PM on September 30

bperk, that's like complaining that people who jump in the water get wet and those that stay on the dock are dry.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:20 PM on September 30

What, was Morten Andersen unavailable?

posted by holden at 02:23 PM on September 30

Some kickers, like Vinatieri and Scifres, have no reservations about full body contact when the need or opportunity presents itself.

posted by beaverboard at 03:07 PM on September 30

I can't believe George Blanda died the other day. This would've been a perfect time to invoke his name.

posted by NoMich at 03:44 PM on September 30

that's like complaining that people who jump in the water get wet

When I jump in, the water gets tahoemoj

posted by tahoemoj at 03:46 PM on September 30

He isn't kidding - heck, they named a lake after him.

posted by beaverboard at 04:14 PM on September 30

So this 'tahoemoj' is a quality to which we can aspire? Any guidance or training tips?

posted by billsaysthis at 06:02 PM on September 30

Some kickers, like Vinatieri and Scifres, have no reservations about full body contact when the need or opportunity presents itself.

Technically, you could add Wayne Rooney to that list.

posted by tron7 at 06:11 PM on September 30

Some kickers, like Vinatieri and Scifres, have no reservations about full body contact when the need or opportunity presents itself

Neither does Daniel Sepulvada

But not Jeff Reed

posted by Debo270 at 07:02 PM on September 30

I don't know why this story makes me a little resentful on behalf of the other players who sacrifice their entire body to play football.

Nothing is stopping those other players from becoming kickers.

posted by rcade at 07:56 PM on September 30

I guess I'm annoyed that they have these ridiculous rules that if a player even brushes a kicker, they get a penalty. Meanwhile, all these other players are dying young and turning their brain to mush. Something seems wrong about it.

posted by bperk at 08:51 PM on September 30

I've said it a few times in similar posts that I'd be fine if the NFL did away with kickers, kicked extra points, and field goals. Make teams have to score with their offense or defense, period.

posted by dyams at 09:15 PM on September 30

to bperk's point, we've had many discussions here regarding soccer and basketball players taking a dive to draw a penalty...same can be said of some kickers

posted by dviking at 09:46 PM on September 30

I guess I'm annoyed that they have these ridiculous rules that if a player even brushes a kicker, they get a penalty.

And if a player gets hold of a facemask, even unintentionally, even if no harm is done, they get a penalty. Same logic applies. If you've got something that you really want players not to do, you penalize it, even if it's unintentional and no harm is done -- so that they will work extra hard to avoid it.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:54 PM on September 30

Any guidance or training tips?

I always followed this guy's training regimen. And lots and lots of Sonoma County Zinfandel.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:07 PM on October 01

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