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Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Hi.O, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Hi.O

    Hi.O Member

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    Okay so after the Alabama game I was kind of wondering, is it possible to block a long field goal by putting a player back there with ridiculous hops and having him bat the ball down if it's near the crossbar? Or is that like football's goal tending?
     
  2. CUBUFF80

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    It's legal in the NFL, not sure about college.
     
  3. 4DemBuffs

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    dont know. what i do know is that the uprights seem to be batting down a lot of our kickers attempts. that should be against the rules. :huh:
     
  4. Hi.O

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    Since it's legal, another question. Has it ever happened?
     
  5. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    I do remember waaaaaaay back when that the Chiefs under Hank Stram would put the 6-10 Morris Stroud under the goal post on long FG attempts. I do not know if he ever batted one down.

    EDIT: I guess the NFL did outlaw the practice:
    Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (informally known as the "Stroud Rule"): "Goal tending by any player leaping up to deflect a kick as it passes above the crossbar of a goal post is prohibited. The referee could award 3 points for a palpably unfair act".
     
  6. Creebuzz

    Creebuzz Club Member Club Member

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    R.C Owens from the 49ers is the only one to block a FG in that manner before it was banned in the late 60's (in both college and NFL).
     
  7. SkiTownUSA

    SkiTownUSA Administrator Club Member Junta Member

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    I believe its illegal. The reason you'd put someone back there is in case the kick came up short. You could then try to catch the ball and make a return on it.
     
  8. BuffaloChuck

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    I think it'd be a fun skill to put on the field.

    But from a practical stance, it's a very if-fy chance. If you've ever attended men's VB matches, that net is 'only' 8-feet and a lot of players can touch the ball at 12-feet. But generally without significant re-direction capabilities.

    ("Significant re-direction" - as in 180-degree block, or a deflection that would positively prevent it from crossing over.)

    The football crossbar's height is 10-feet, yes? So the VB leapers' are really stretching it to reach 12-feet. How many FGs are only at 12-foot levels? Not many.

    I use VB instead of basketball because the skillset to intercept a falling ball is more accomplished in VB - in fact, every set to a hitter is that 'aimed and falling ball' skill. The basketball's Alley-Oop pass is comparable, but very very few of those are done at a 12-foot height - I'd guess 95% of those are in the 10'6" or maybe 11'0 height - anything more, and the 'significant re-direction' of catching and dunking is more difficult.
     
  9. Hi.O

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    Volleyball players can get up to 12 feet? That's impressive
    Isn't that like a 6ft jump for the average person?
     
  10. SkiTownUSA

    SkiTownUSA Administrator Club Member Junta Member

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    Arms extended. I think it's less than 6'. I can reach 8'3" arms extended, so that would only be 3'9". Not too hard for an athlete. Especially with an approach.
     

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