A punter’s temptation?


Do you ever watch a football game and wonder if the punter may be fighting off internal temptations to take matters into his own hands, get the snap and just take off running for the first down? I am pretty sure that it was this constant thought (which still occurs to me almost every time a punter steps on the field) that steered me away from getting involved in kicking or punting for my high school or college teams (despite my soccer background and my general interest in kicking). There is no way I would have been able to resist the temptation to take off. No way. In fact, I would argue that a good number of us may experience this sort of secret urge when we watch punts, and this may help explain our unbridled joy when a successful fake is pulled off. I read an account of Buffalo’s punter Brian Moorman apparently doing this last week and as I was reading I realized that I was way too into just reading about it – if I’d seen it live I might have fainted.

The only analogy I can think of, and this may be a very bad one, is when I’m sitting in church, and it’s mostly silent, and I feel that strong temptation to yell something out – anything. I think if someone actually did that someday, I would feel the same kind of exhilaration that I feel when  watching a successful fake punt.

11 Responses to “A punter’s temptation?”

  1. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    anyone familiar with the giggleloop?

    isn’t there a frequent reader from england out there?

    i fear i will remain lonely on this one…

  2. 56Coop Says:

    To know about the giggle loop is to become part of the giggle loop

  3. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:


  4. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    i can’t view videos on my work computer, so i don’t know if this clip is quality or not, but this is what coop and i are talking about – i hate it when people bounce back and forth with tv/movie reference jokes that mean nothing to me, so the least i can do is share it.

    the british show ‘coupling’ (i clarify ‘british’ because they tried to make an american one and it was apparently just awful) is one of the most brilliant character-driven shows i’ve yet seen. and jeff murdock is easily the best character on the show. anyhow, i think quite a few of you would benefit from netflix-ing it.

    • Schaefer Says:

      they did that same Giggle Loop on the American version and it was the only remotely funny thing about the 2-3 episodes I watched…and even then it didn’t play out as funny as that.

      • joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

        i never saw the american version, but from what i read it was pretty much word for word the same as the british one – which illustrates an interesting fact about getting the right cast and line execution. i think the american version also tried to act like the consistent sexual content of of the show was ‘edgy’ and ‘pushing the envelope.’

        the british version had lots of relationship/sexual discussions and joking, but it never tried to sell itself by being ‘sexy’ – it was really a look at how uncomfortable we all are with these notions that are so universal. i imagine the american translation totally lost this poking fun at itself, and presented itself in exactly the way that could kill the value of the show.

        but basically, richard coyle (jeff) was absolutely brilliantly hilarious at every turn. he left for the 4th season, and while the writing became more dynamic, it was never the same and ended that year.

  5. 56Coop Says:

    A moment of silence–please

  6. RayMidge Says:

    Oh man, I didn’t know there was a name for that. Not sure if this is really the same thinig, but my brother and I once did this as we were being sworn in to a fraternal organization. It was one of these, “repeat after me” situations standing in front of a room full of people, went on way too long. There’s about 10 of us reciting along. The trigger was the word “dictate” which is involved in the punch line of a joke he always used to tell involving grammer school, using vocabulary words in a sentance and the Little Rascals . . . well as soon as we heard the word “dictate” we both lost it and never regained control. Disgraceful, but hilarious at the same time because no one else in the room had any idea why we had both broken up . . .

    sorry, that makes no sense but I identify.

  7. Trav Says:

    The giggleloop, love it!

    Do they have a name for it when you are in a meeting at work listening to someone drone on about reporting hours to the right cost centers (insert your personal pet peeve here), but instead of laughing, you want to hurl profanity around the room and your co-workers? The “I can’t believe we spent 10 minutes on this loop”? “The soon to be unemployed loop”? The “I can’t get those 10 minutes of my life back” loop? I need some help with this one…

    Andy – To see you out in the Raider red and white, then call an audible would have been outstanding. The best part though, whether your fake punt was successful or not, would have been to watch you go to the sidelines and have to explain your audible to John Richmond. The explanation to him would have been priceless.

  8. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    ray, it makes sense not because we understand the joke you were laughing at, but because we’ve all been there. same as jeff’s explanation of the giggleloop.

    it makes sense because we are all always on the verge of doing something totally ridiculous or inappropriate at all moments in life. i don’t mean sinister things or mean things, i mean standing on your desk and proclaiming ‘oh captain, my captain’ to your boss (my brother’s friend did that once in class during a really dry lecture – he was my hero for a while for that). it’s unreal that people don’t break through that barrier more often. i’d love to see some punter-chosen runs, or, if i went to church, someone stand up in the middle of the sermon and just start reciting the gettysburg address.

    i used to be more ridiculous. i miss that. my friend dan (yes andy, that dan) told a story at my wedding i’d forgotten about – when we were like 12 or 13 or something, we decided to spend an afternoon spreading that ‘gospel.’ we went into my basement and found pieces to make the most absurd costumes we could conjure – giant fake ears, a cape, a kimono, a banjo, etc. – got some lawn chairs, sat on the driveway facing a relatively busy street and dan held up a large sign to passing motorists that just said “be ridiculous,” while i played the banjo. i think we probably got scowled at a lot, but we also probably made a few people’s day.

    i also somewhat enjoy traffic jams. i get to put some celebratory music on, roll down the windows, and stop worrying about ‘getting there.’ there’s no reason to get all pissy and frustrated when there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. and i love how everyone does the ‘veer off a little bit to look around the car in front of you to see what all this is about thing.’ i just try to smile at people and bob to the groove a bit just to get the message out. most of them usually think i’m on drugs i suspect, but maybe someone will pause and think – that guy’s got the right idea – and calm down a bit.

    sorry, that turned into a rant. but yes, unpredictability would be a welcome guest in the nfl, i agree.

  9. 56Coop Says:

    How about this, you’re at a family reunion. everybody’s sitting around talking and just by pure coincidence everybody stops talking at the same time right as you’re commenting about how Aunt Harriet’s plunging neckline is so sexy to one of your cousins. NoOw that’s one of those “wanna get away” moments. Believeme, I know.

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