Monday, January 18, 2010

Nate Keading Does His Best Ray Finkle Impersonation

So the Jets miracle playoff run will continue after a 17-14 nail biting win in San Diego yesterday. However, despite the Jets gritty, never-give-up defense and stellar run game, you couldn't help but get a sense that there was a little "Angels In The Outfield" taking place out there, making sure certain things went their way. Except this time, it was "Angels in the End-zone".

In the movie "Angels In The Outfield" a young boy is sent to live in a foster home near Anaheim, California. In an early scene from the trailer, you see said boy ask his father "When can we be a family again?", and is answered with a response of "I'd say when the Angels win the pennant." First off, where does this father rank on the list of "Worst Dad's of All Time"? I say somewhere between Chris Benoit and Danny Bonaduce. When the Angels win the pennant, really? Your going to put the future of your family/son's happiness in the hands of a then obsolete baseball team? Anyways long story short, kid prays to God ("If there is a God") and asks if "Maybe you could help them win a little" and next thing you know there are literally angels in the outfield helping the team win, and leading them towards a pennant.

And that is the EXACT feeling I got while watching the Jets/Chargers game. Seriously, was the reuniting of a family on the line somewhere? Was some poor orphan from Newark promised a return to his father if the Jets won, then made a prayer, and had it executed to perfection? I mean the Revis interception had to be one of the luckiest plays I've ever seen. Now I know what your thinking; "He's the best player in the league, and great players always come up in the clutch," which may be true, be lets be honest here, the ball landed in his lap after taking three miraculous bounces and he didn't know it was coming until it hit him in the stomach.

The other "Angels in the End-zone" moment came every time Nate Keading attempted a field goal. The former Pro-Bowler missed all three FG's he attempted, including a crucial one from 40 yards out that the Chargers desperately needed, down 10, with 4:38 to go in the game. This
game further cements Keading's place as one of the all-time great choke artists of the decade. This is the same guy who once missed an overtime would-be game winning playoff field goal in 2005 versus the Jets, and a would-be game tying field goal late in a playoff game versus the Patriots in 2006. His career record for post-season field goals is a dismal 3-9, and I think its long overdue that the Chargers start planning for a future without him. It has become quite apparent that he is not head strong at all, and from the second he went out there to attempt his last field goal in the fourth, did anybody seriously think he had a chance? The guy is a modern day Ray Finkle.

For those of you who don't know who Ray Finkle is, here is some quick background info:

Soccer style kicker graduated from Cauler high June 1976, Stetson University honors graduate class of 1980, holds 2 NCAA division 1 records one for most points in a season, one for distance, former nickname "The Mule," The first and only pro athlete to come out of Cauler County and one hell of a model American...

However, he also missed a chip-shot game winning field goal in the '83 Super Bowl that cost the Dolphin's the game (in the movie Ace Ventura), and years later, after escaping from a mental institution under the assumed identity of a missing hiker Lois Einhorn, kid-napped Dan Marino in a revenge scheme gone sour.

Although the similarities are mind-blowing, for his families sake I hope Nate Keading doesn't turn out the way Finkle did.
"He found Captain Winkie!"


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