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.