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30 Aug 2011

VUU Weathers Storm, St. Augustine's in Opener

While the rest of the East Coast made preparations for Hurricane Irene, Virginia Union and St. Augustine's got together to play some football in the ugly conditions. Not often you see a punt go -1 yard.

(There's also this slightly NSFW punt.)

(Hat tip to Smart Football)

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 30 Aug 2011

10 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2011, 12:43pm by sundown


by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:19am

Aw, that's nothing. When I was kid we played in worse. And it snowed, too. And the wind was in our faces no matter which end we were playing on. And the field was up hill - both ways! Kids today are soft.

by Temo :: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:44am

Rivers apparently thinks the typical FO commentator works in a preschool.


by Floyd (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2011 - 11:57am

Well, the player whose butt got hit does assume the preschooler's "oops I think I pooped my pants" pose.

by IAmJoe (not verified) :: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:39pm

The wind was so bad, when Union punter Paul Jones attempted the first punt of the game, it went up, then stopped as if it had hit a wall and plunged straight down.

The punt went minus-1 yard.


by Travis :: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 1:23pm

If only there was video of the backwards punt in the 1904 Oklahoma-Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) game:

The Aggie who kicked-a man named B.O. Callahan, from Hennessey-had to make it a high, fast one. His own team was being forced right against him, and it was all he could do to get the ball up over their heads . Then the wind caught the ball. The kick turned out to be a long one, but it traveled in the wrong direction. The breeze carried it back, back, back behind the kicker, and far out of the field. This was obviously a loose ball, and in those days it meant something. The rules specified that if the kicking team recovered it, then it was a touchback. If the other team got to it first, a touchdown would be scored for it. ...

When the ball landed, it didn't stop. Down an incline it went, and right into the waters of Cottonwood Creek...

First man to reach the water's edge was an Aggie. He grabbed a stick and tried to reach the ball with it. A Sooner, charged with momentum, came crashing into the Aggie's backside and knocked the man into the water. Then he dived in after him, and both were desperately treading water toward the floating ball when it occurred to the Sooner to duck the Aggie. The Aggie, waterlogged, headed for shore then. The Sooner kept after the ball; they say he couldn't swim a stroke. The delighted spectators stood on shore cheering and laughing.

The aquacade increased in size. Three other players came running into the water. Finally, Ed Cook of O.U. got hold of the ball, struck out for the bank and touched it down there.

Different circumstances, but here's video of a minus-7 yard punt.

by Temo :: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 2:35pm

Like most thing, football has only gotten worse with time.

by sundown (not verified) :: Thu, 09/01/2011 - 12:43pm

Awesome story.

by Theo :: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 2:33pm

Why oh why would a coach call for a punt, or even a pass for that matter, against a wind like that?

by Podge (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2011 - 6:36am

I thought Matt Dodge was in the pro's now?

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