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RIP Tom Dempsey

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Vombatus, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    It was in New Orleans, so I imagine it as below sea level.
  2. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    hardly ever.
    One of my quirks is an obsession with placekicking since I was 7 or 8. On NFL games, I wanted drives to die between the 30 and 37 to see if they’d kick long field goals.

    Usually only at the end of the half. Cleveland punter Steve Cox with a 60 yarder in 1984 and that was a straight-on kick.

    Parcells once had Haji-Shiekh try a 66 yarder in St Louis (the infamous 20-20 game) and it never had a chance.

    When you look at Dempsey’s career, he had one great day. 11/8/70. And a lot of misses. Kicking really was an after-thought for a lot of teams until you got to Stenerud, Gogolak before that. But, with kickers, you never knew. College had tees back then and the NFL didn’t. That’s entirely different.
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  3. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I remember Cox hitting the 60-yarder. If I remember correctly, he and Mark Mosely were the last of the straight-on kickers in the game by then.
  4. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Joe Gibbs had Moseley try a 70-plus free kick once. It fell way short.
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Mark Moseley winning the 1982 NFL MVP is one of the all time oddities.
  6. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Have a souvenir brick from Tulane Stadium I grabbed as it was being demolished.
  7. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    It was but he had some seriously high pressure kicks. Beat the Giants in the rain. That 82 team wasn’t great in the red zone and stalled a lot of drives. Moseley was perfect, IIRC, for the season.
  8. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    If you go from 1978 to 1983, all of the straight-on kickers were done, except for Moseley. Dempsey, Danmeier, Cockcroft, Bakken, Fred Cox. The league had moved on.

    I kicked both ways growing up and what I always liked on Straight-on was how fast my kicks would get altitude. The risk was the slice as they’d fade right.

    By the time I was 12, I was strictly soccer-style and had all sorts of tees.
  9. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    The USFL used tees for XP and FG. I had a three-inch block tee in high school, but had the Physical Plant guys in college saw off an inch when the NCAA lowered to 2 inches about 1980. I put a drop of Wite-Out in the middle, to help the holder.
    My Dad said he saw Albie Booth drop-kick a 60-yard FG.
  10. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Errol Mann of the Raiders. And of course Blanda before that.
  11. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    Billy probably thought that was one of his better throws.

    I need to get a Kilmer jersey.
  12. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    That's glorious.
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