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November 21, 2007

Just For Kicks

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, field goals, football, humor, kickers, police lineups — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. The point of a lineup is to make the people look similar enough that the witness has to be really sure of their memory to pick the right one. This one takes the old gag of corrupt cops filling the lineup with obvious not-the-guy people, then merges it with “they all look the same in uniform” and the idea that placekickers are all scrawny.

    I think it tries to go too many directions at once.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — November 21, 2007 @ 12:02 am

  2. The kicker is almost always the smallest guy on a football team. He’s selected for accuracy, not for the ability to knock people over.

    So even though the witness is thoroughly fooled by the uniforms, we the audience can easily spot the kicker in the lineup, and therefore we’re supposed to have a laugh at her expense.

    Comment by Brian — November 21, 2007 @ 1:24 am

  3. Indeed, the kicker is generally the smallest guy on the football team by a pretty significant margin. That’s not to say he’s small, but he suffers in comparison to the giants that are his teammates. You could be 6′ 200 lbs, but you stand next to a couple offensive linemen, and you look like a children’s doll. So it’s pretty easy to pick out who the kicker is in that lineup, despite his teammates also being rounded up because they have the same uniform.

    Note that this rule also applies to punters, with the notable exception of Todd Sauerbrun, who is a ‘roided up monster.

    Reminds me of this recent Onion headline, actually:
    Man Who Can Kick Football Farther Than Most People On Earth Ridiculed As Huge Pussy

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — November 21, 2007 @ 9:06 am

  4. Did anyone see the Bears/Seahawks game on Sunday where the Seahawks punter *actually managed* to tackle Devin Hester?!? He was so pumped up about it — it was almost kinda touching.

    Except that I’m a Bears fan…

    Comment by Molly — November 21, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

  5. I saw that Josh Brown tackle, too. My girlfriend thought his Incredible Hulk cheer was cute.

    And then ESPN: PTI ruins it for me by telling me Josh Brown outweighs Devin Hester by 13 lbs. Well, Hester is a skinny guy…

    (Total disclosure: I’m a Seahawks fan. Let’s dance, Molly!)

    Comment by El Santo — November 21, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  6. I got the joke – I’m just wondering why the police officer has a woman’s breasts in his back pockets?

    Comment by William Matheny — November 21, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  7. Sure, Santo! Here — I’ll sing to provide some music to dance to.

    [i]Bear down…Chicago Bears…Make every play clear the way for victory…[/i]

    Comment by Molly — November 23, 2007 @ 12:29 am

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