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08:04 AM ET 10.12 | Don't think for a second that John Fassel hasn't already pictured it. The ball will be somewhere on the horn of the Rams' insignia in the middle of the field. The goal posts will look like a pair of luminous toothpicks lost in the roaring fans. And Rams head coach Jeff Fisher will glance at Fassel and nod his head. Send in the kid. It will be a record field goal, no doubt. Maybe 64 yards. Maybe 65. ... [The] ball will be snapped, the holder will put it down and Greg Zuerlein will plant his left leg and swing his magnificent right foot. In one mighty swoop, shoe will smack against ball sending a tiny brown streak climbing toward those distant poles ... "Oh yeah, I definitely want to know if he can make it," Fassel says. "And he does too."

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October 12, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Better check this kid... he's obviously on something.

October 12, 2012  08:11 AM ET

With Jeff Fisher as your coach... Dang right a kicker will thrive. Fisher's nickname in Tennessee was "Field Goal" Fisher. Among other names.

October 12, 2012  08:18 AM ET

"Here's the snap, the hold is good, it's up....the gun sounds...it's good! It's good! Zuerlein has broken the record! A 65-yard-field goal."

The Rams avoid the shutout and lose 31-3.

October 12, 2012  08:20 AM ET

"shoe will smack against ball sending a tiny brown streak climbing toward those distant poles"

Gross.

October 12, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"shoe will smack against ball sending a tiny brown streak climbing toward those distant poles"Gross.

Yeah, it's a bit early for imagery like that.

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October 12, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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There might be a couple of newer kickers in the league now that might be able to do it.

David Akers kicked a record-tying FG earlier this year. He ain't exactly new.

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October 12, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Greatest Toe On Turf?

October 12, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Greatest Toe On Turf?

Nicely done, sir...

October 12, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Nicely done, sir...

Why, thank you Otis. I liked it. I do miss Tom Dempsey and his no toes, squared shoe kicks though.

October 12, 2012  09:48 AM ET

Dempsey was one of the last "straight ahead" kickers, right? I remember my father pointing out Jan Stenerud (or maybe Pete Gogolak) as the first "sidewinder" kickers we'd seen. There may be people reading this who have never seen a straight-ahead kicker in action.

Damn, we're old.

October 12, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Better check this kid... he's obviously on something.

LOL, good point, this kid can kick them further than Tom Dempsey, Tom was born without toes on his right foot. He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface.

October 12, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Dempsey was one of the last "straight ahead" kickers, right? I remember my father pointing out Jan Stenerud (or maybe Pete Gogolak) as the first "sidewinder" kickers we'd seen. There may be people reading this who have never seen a straight-ahead kicker in action.Damn, we're old.

Yes he was. Lou Groza style. Ya had to be there. Pete Gogalak, and his brother Charley, were the first soccer style kickers. It was the Giants signing Gogalak away from the Bills that raised the bidding wars between the NFL and AFL and sped up the merger.

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October 12, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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With Jeff Fisher as your coach... Dang right a kicker will thrive. Fisher's nickname in Tennessee was "Field Goal" Fisher. Among other names.

Hey, when you have a field goal kicker like "Greg Zuerlein", I don't think it really matters what you call a coach, as long as he wins.

October 12, 2012  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"Here's the snap, the hold is good, it's up....the gun sounds...it's good! It's good! Zuerlein has broken the record! A 65-yard-field goal."The Rams avoid the shutout and lose 31-3.

LOL, have you looked at the standings lately???? Yes I know it's early in the season, but the Rams are a much improved team this year!!!!

October 12, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

LOL, have you looked at the standings lately???? Yes I know it's early in the season, but the Rams are a much improved team this year!!!!

I let a "50yearfan" beat me to it (comment #11) !!! :-)

October 12, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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LOL, good point, this kid can kick them further than Tom Dempsey, Tom was born without toes on his right foot. He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface.

just a thought................. would dempsey be allowed to kick with that shoe today? would it be against the rules to use that piece of equipment to gain an advantage? kind of like using to much stick-em or steroids?

 
October 12, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

LOL, good point, this kid can kick them further than Tom Dempsey, Tom was born without toes on his right foot. He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface.

I let a "50yearfan" beat me to it (comment #11) !!! :-)

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