Either the Seahawks or the Cardinals easily could’ve won their Sunday night matchup rather than play for 75 minutes only to produce a lame 6-6 tie. The only thing more lame than the finish though is a feud between a television personality and a punter.
All that needed to happen to avoid a tie was for one of their kickers to come through. Instead, both Steven Hauschka and Chandler Catanzaro missed potentially decisive field goals during the contest, drawing the ire of Skip Bayless in the process. Immediately following the game, the Fox Sports talking head Tweeted that he despises the play, adding kickers are non-football players.
That caught the attention of Colts punter Pat McAfee on Monday morning, and while he’s not a field goal kicker, the Pro Bowl specialist certainly has reason to take exception. McAfee — who also holds on field goals — did fire back at Bayless, and while he couldn’t help but lob an insult back, he managed to stay relatively composed considering what had been written about his profession.
I despise field-goal kicking. Great athletes fight their guts out for 4 quarters and overtime and 2 nonfootball-player kickers blow it.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 24, 2016
But, my brother.. All of us pro ball kickers LOVE old men who get on TV & act like douchebags while wearing makeup.. Let's hug it out. https://t.co/4pe9AUMs7U
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 24, 2016
Obviously, kickers and punters aren’t treated the same as other NFL players, nor should they be. Then again, that’s why they’re called “specialists.” Those are vital roles, as teams can either win or lose — or tie — based on their performances, or those of the long snapper, the holder of field goals and extra points, or even return specialists. If you don’t want 6-6 games coming down to special teams, maybe play better on offense?
As somebody who built his career as a beat reporter covering the Cowboys for many years, Bayless really should know better then to insult people who play the game. Fans are one thing, even other players, but it’s more than a little disrespectful for somebody in his position to bury the entire line of work that way. Good for McAfee for firing back.