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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Sonny, Sam and the missed kicks

By Dan Steinberg

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

If you weren't listening, here's how Larry, Sonny and Sam called the three missed/botched kicks in Sunday's game.

Miss One

Larry: So Graham Gano in to attempt a field goal. He's 21 of 29 this year. This'll be a 34-yard attempt from the left hash....Low snap, Hunter Smith puts it down, the kick is up and it's no good. It is no good. he misfires from 34 yards out, and the Redskins -- after driving from their 16= yard line to the 20 of Tampa -- come away empty.

Sonny: Unbelievable.

Sam: It looked like he made it to me. I don't know. Did it go under or over or what?

Larry: I think it was wide right.

Miss Two

Sam: Well, here comes the kick.

Larry: Here's a field goal attempt by Gano, who missed earlier from 34. This'll be a 24-yard attempt

Sonny: He can pack if he misses this one.

Larry: Snap, spot, kick is up and he missed it. He missed it to the left. He hooked it left.

Sonny: How can you miss that kick?

Sam: What'd you say, Sonny, he can pack and go?

Sonny: Don't send your laundry out.

Sam: Where's Charlie Gogolak?

Sonny: Don't send your laundry out.

Miss Three

Larry: Now Graham Gano needs to kick the PAT.

Sonny [laughing]: Don't even say that.

Larry: He missed a couple easy field goals. What a pass by McNabb to send it, hopefully send this game to overtime.

Sam: He better not miss this or they'll get a train ticket.

Larry: PAT. Snap over the head of the holder Hunter Smith. And the PAT fails. And the Redskins will fall. What a heartbreaker. It went right through the hands of the holder, Hunter Smith. I know it's a wet ball, but you've got to hold on you've got to put that ball down and tie this game up. 17-16 Tampa Bay on top.

Sam: What a heartbreaker.

Sonny: That was a hell of a drive they put on.

Sam: Yup.

Larry: Well, we've seen some tough games this year. This might be the toughest one to take....The PAT is something that you just take for granted.

Sam: Two missed field goals you take for granted too, don't you? Ok, there's the difference. Two missed field goals and an extra point....

Sonny: Special teams. Special teams. All throughout the day....

Sam: Danny Smith, the special teams coach, just got 10 years older than he is.

Larry: You take those kicks for granted.

Sam: You take special teams for granted. Two missed field goals and a missed extra point. Good luck, you know?...They had every opportunity to win this game. And they didn't.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Yes, Sam, it went under, you old coot. Anyone else enjoy his lack of awareness of the several-years-old horsecollar tackle rule?

Posted by: cao091402 | December 13, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Back before the Dark Times, it was enjoyable to listen to the Redksins Broadcast on the radio. Now, Larry is a schilling headpiece, Sam is bordering on dementia, and poor Sonny has to sit through it.

Let's see what we can bring next week to keep this season going. "Are you in?"

Posted by: Leeguru | December 13, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Only thing worse than watching the Skins is listening to the radio broadcast. Ughhh...Larry Michael with his awful fake radio voice. He's Snyder's personal mouthpiece. Just one of the many terrible moves -- bringing this fool in to do radio.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 13, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Frank, wheres Frank....we need Frank back...

Posted by: cokedispatch | December 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

DBunkr - +1.

Bring back Frank.

Even he said that he'd come out of retirement (he's done at WTOP, et al) to call Redskins games again.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | December 13, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but this group is the worst. I'd like to have Sam Huff as my great-grandfather, but not as a color commentator. He only knows the names of about 50% of the Redskins. It appeared he was unfamiliar with Ryan Torain going into yesterday's game. And forget the other team-- he knows their quarterback and no one else.

Larry Michael is competent, but he's a definite step down from Frank Herzog, not to mention nearly every other team's announcer.

Sonny Jurgensen is the best of the bunch, but I can't emphasize enough what a relative statement that is. Even though Joe Theismann struck out on Monday Night Football, he'd be a major upgrade over this crew.

Posted by: drischord | December 13, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I haven't listened to a radio broadcast of a 'skins' game since Frank left. I was on the road yesterday and tuned in. Awful ... Larry is bad and Sam and Sonny seem old .. very old. It's like watching those two old Muppets in the gallery but not as funny. That is one pitiful radio broadcast.

Posted by: mitlen | December 13, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

A Charlie Gogolak reference!? Amazing!

"Tiger tiger tiger, sis, sis, sis, boom boom boom BAH! 66! 66! 66!"

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | December 13, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

@ vtavgjoe

Imagine if they brought Herzog back? Talk about a mountain of goodwill and a pr coup... but sorry, it'll never happen. Wouldn't cross this little creeps mind to do such a thing. No, he'd rather have a stooge he can control in that booth. When Larry Michael is gone (ahhh the thought) Snyder will probably hire a family member to do play by play. His cousin Murray or something.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 13, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

No mention of the weird coincidence of this performance taking place the same day the Post Magazine ran a story about kickers and their job insecurity, complete with Sonny's groaning?

Posted by: BDVienna | December 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I happen to like Larry Michaels, though there was absolutely no reason to let go of Frank H. On the other hand, Sonny and Sam, yikes. Those guys are scary.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | December 13, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

disgusting larry michael exemplifies every nasty about snyder.

i love sonny and sam. we are blessed to have them, and I try to appreciate having them.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | December 13, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

They need to start over with a new crew. I think Theismann, Bostic and Brian Mitchell would make a good team. It's time to move on. Larry Michael is the absolute biggest tool allowed to speak on the radio or TV. He needs to go.

Posted by: tsgtsgray | December 13, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Larry started in horrible circumstances, but is serviceable. Sonny is complete money and would be welcome on a television broadcast. Great color, knowledge of the team, and quick wit. Sam, well... Sam reminds me of the old guys on the Muppets.

But his reference is interesting. From the Wikipedia, source of all knowledge:
Gogolak was signed out of the Princeton University by the Washington Redskins in the 1966 NFL Draft, marking the first time that a placekicker was selected in the first round. He played for the Redskins, as well as the New England Patriots. Gogolak was one of the first "soccer style" placekickers in the NFL along with his brother Pete. The brothers combined to score 14 extra points in a single game [1], tied for the most ever [2], in a 72-41 win for Charlie's Redskins.

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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