BLOG: Take the Kicking Game Out of Football? Poppycock! - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

BLOG: Take the Kicking Game Out of Football? Poppycock!

Updated:
Central Valley kicker Austin Rehkow verbally committed to the University of Idaho, according to his father (Photo: KHQ) Central Valley kicker Austin Rehkow verbally committed to the University of Idaho, according to his father (Photo: KHQ)

Central Valley kicker Austin Rehkow made national headlines when he hit a 67-yard field goal last fall. And deservedly so. The high school senior has verbally committed to playing at the next level at Idaho and is expected to sign a letter of intent next week on national signing day.

But consider this: at least one nationally-known columnist says kicking should be booted out of the game. No field goals or extra points in football? Yep, that's what he is saying.

Skip Bayless writes:

"Field-goal kicking is wildly exciting for all the wrong reasons. We regularly interrupt games to go for a ride on the equivalent of Disney's stomach-in-throat Tower of Terror. The scariest words for any fan are "wide right" or "wide left." Or, in the case of Buffalo Bills fans, "Scott Norwood."

This is why I have long proposed a change that will never, ever happen because it makes too much sense. Give place-kicking the boot."

Bayless proposes requiring two-point conversions after touchdowns. And if a team's offense stalls on the opposition's 25-yard line? Well, too bad. Either go for it or – gasp – punt. He says getting rid of place-kicking will not happen because it makes too much sense.

I disagree with Bayless, for the record. Football isn't all about the touchdown. It's not all about the bone crushing tackle either. It definitely takes talent to kick a strange-shaped ball through two poles from 10, 25 or 67-yards away. It takes skill. It takes strength. It takes concentration. It takes practice – lots and lots of practice. All that should be appreciated, not mocked or ignored.

Additionally, the kicking game in football provides drama. There is excitement in knowing a field goal or extra point could determine the outcome of a game. Take the kicking game away and you take away a good portion of the suspense out of the contest.

Now…. Kickoffs? We can talk about that. Just leave field goal kickers like Austin Rehkow alone – for the love of the game, man!

  • Local Sports from SWXLocal Sports from SWXMore>>

  • Former Zag Star, Indiana Fever's Haiden Palmer in Studio

    Former Zag Star, Indiana Fever's Haiden Palmer in Studio

    Former Gonzaga star guard and 29th overall pick in the 2014 Women's National Basketball League draft, Haiden Palmer, joined SWX's Michelle Dapper in studio on Tuesday, April 15. More >>
    Former Gonzaga star guard and 29th overall pick in the 2014 Women's National Basketball League draft, Haiden Palmer, joined SWX's Michelle Dapper in studio on Tuesday, April 15. More >>
  • Rosen, Cougars Too Much for Gonzaga

    Rosen, Cougars Too Much for Gonzaga

    The Washington State University baseball team defeated Gonzaga 5-1 in a local non-conference matchup at the Patterson Baseball Complex on Tuesday, April 15.More >>
    The Washington State University baseball team defeated Gonzaga 5-1 in a local non-conference matchup at the Patterson Baseball Complex on Tuesday, April 15.More >>
  • Fielder, Rangers Blast Seattle

    Fielder, Rangers Blast Seattle

    Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night.More >>
    Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night.More >>
  • Extra PointsExtra PointsMore>>

  • Behar, Local Drivers Prep for 2014 Season at SCR

    Behar, Local Drivers Prep for 2014 Season at SCR

    Nicole Behar ran hot laps with her Super Late Model team and other local teams at the Spokane County Raceway's Oval Track in preparation of the Yakima Apple Cup.Local companies and track supporters came to visit with the drivers and their teams and take a facilities tour of the improvements made to SCR.More >>
    Nicole Behar ran hot laps with her Super Late Model team and other local teams at the Spokane County Raceway's Oval Track in preparation of the Yakima Apple Cup.Local companies and track supporters came to visit with the drivers and their teams and take a facilities tour of the improvements made to SCR.More >>
  • R.B.I. Baseball Makes a Comeback

    R.B.I. Baseball Makes a Comeback

    For those who remember, or even those who were raised playing older video game systems, one of the Meccas of video gamedom has made a resurgence. R.B.I. Baseball is back! More >>
    For those who remember, or even those who were raised playing older video game systems, one of the Meccas of video gamedom has made a resurgence. R.B.I. Baseball is back! More >>
  • Shadle Park's Brett Rypien Commits to Boise State

    Shadle Park's Brett Rypien Commits to Boise State

    Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien (Class of 2015) has committed to play football at Boise State University.Rypien is the Greater Spokane League's all-time leader in passing yards, total yards, and touchdowns and still has his senior season to play after leading the Highlanders deep into the playoffs last year.More coming...

    More >>

    Shadle Park quarterback Brett Rypien (Class of 2015) has committed to play football at Boise State University.Rypien is the Greater Spokane League's all-time leader in passing yards, total yards, and touchdowns and still has his senior season to play after leading the Highlanders deep into the playoffs last year.More coming...

    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and SWXRN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.