What About The Kickers, Man?
Wanted to take the pulse of you guys on the kicking and punting situation. We've pretty much ignored or, at the very least, overlooked it, all offseason, but I am still not sure it won't be a topic of conversation come September. Particularly if the same two dudes are holding the job down.
The Skins may have found something in Frost, with "may" being the operative word there. If they felt like he was the answer they would have given him more than the low tender offer he signed, and if another team in the NFL thought he was a sure thing, well, then someone might have waved some money at the free agent as well.
He seemed to turn a corner in 2006, but I can't help thinking I am not the only one who ponders with each fourth-quarter punt about what might go wrong. Eventually I'll probably forget all about the helmet fiasco as well, but probably not anytime soon. I would have assumed the team would sign a veteran punter to push him, but that hasn't been the case. We'll see how it shapes up in camp.
Similarly, Suisham did what he could in 2006 once getting to Washington. He made his kicks and showed a strong leg. Yet he too has much to prove. I know some other teams believed he was on the cups of breaking through the last few years and in this kicking business, you have to get a little lucky sometimes when you take a chance on a dude. Maybe the Skins will get rewarded with a fine young kicker after years of questions at this all-important position. I still have to think that deep down inside Coach Joe yearns for a steady vet who has established himself at this level, but I also think he deserves some credit for looking long-term and giving a younger guy a shot.
But enough of my babbling. What do you guys think? What's your level of comfort/concern on this thing? Have the Skins skimped on a potentially big problem at these positions for two straight offseasons now, or are they out of the woods?
Randoms: FB Nehemiah Broughton and WR Steven Harris had their ACLs repaired recently and are out for the season. Saw Nemo limping around and can't help but feel bad for the kid. This is a tough, tough way to earn a living ... I've been tough on the hiring of Bob Bradley, but admit I love the way he is bleeding so much youth into the National Team. This Gold Cup should be pretty interesting. Great summer of soccer ahead with Gold Cup, Under-20 Cup, Copa America, MLS, Euro qualifying. Trust me people, this is the best sport in the world and there is no real downtime, ever. Even when club seasons are off - which is all of about 6 weeks out of the year in Europe - there is always an international competition going on. You can get a 365-day fix if you need it ...
Want to send some best wishes to my father, Frank, who had to make three trips to the emergency room in a 24-hour span last week for the same injury. Yeah, you read that correctly - three trips; one set of wounds from an accident he had putting in a window. (guess this happens all the time in Canada and Europe, critics of universal health care would say, I presume. not that it isn't happening here). Anyway, he's doing well but has some serious resting up to do, and will probably spend a good bit of it on the computer. So hang in there Pops ...
Calling Red Sox Nation: Anyone else at least a little baffled last night when Tito didn't bunt Pedroia to second with Lugo The Horrid up the with one out and Big Papi on deck? You just knew Papi was going to find a gap in that cavernous park if he got the chance, and you knew Pedroia runs about as fast as Tank Johnson navigating his way through a gauntlet of overstuffed vending machines. So of course Lugo Ks quickly and Pedroia gets nailed at home on Ortiz's double off the wall in dead center. (Perfect relay and all, so kudos to the A's, but Dustin was out by a good 10 feet). Then the skipper had a chance to bunt Youkilis over the next inning with Crisp up and one out passed again. Am I crazy for giving up the out in extra innings after a long day of travel and Sunday night's debacle to try to win the game on a basehit here? It took everything for me not to scream like a maniac watching all of this madness unfold at 2 am while feeding Rocco in the basement, but thankfully I put family first, otherwise I might be sleeping on the back patio tonight. (I love Francona, think he is an awesome manager of personalities and is a great fit for this team, but the tactical stuff keeps me up at night a lot of the time. But he's in my all-time sports HOF for 2004 forever) ...
Wonder if A-Fraud called Kryin' Kobe Bryant last week to find out how big of a diamond ring he needs to buy the wife? I realize why A-Fraud is such an easy guy to dislike - because he flaunts his self love and narcissism like a pair of pink panties. It's written all over his face in everything he does. This dude really truly believes there is a whole different set of rules for him in every facet of life, and there are little-to-no repercussions for any of his pathetic actions (slapping the ball away from Arroyo, the nonsense heading into third base in Toronto last week) . Most of the Yankee fans I know have a healthy dislike of him even despite the pinstripes, and I would too ...
Big props to the Bowie Baysox. Chloe, my father and I loved the 11 am start we went to a few weeks back. Please, add more of the early games. We'll be in the front row whenever you do. Good product on the field and a lot of fun stuff for the kids. Keep up the good work ... Anybody make it to that Elvis Costello show a few weeks back? Would have given a small body part to see that (even with the steep tix price). Years spent going to $10 all-age shows at dives has spoiled me and I get sticker shock whenever I see the prices for proper adult music or arena-rock shows.
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