One time on “The Simpsons” (which is amazingly still on the air and makes me laugh every time I see it, which is rare), Marge was looking for a way to honor Homer after he was depressed that he never won anything. So they created an award that was entitled “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.” A ceremony was held, complete with a huge dance number and all celebrated an award with virtually no understandable meaning. I thought of that episode today when I heard that Joe Mansour won the national award for “Best Kickoff Specialist” this past week for his performance against Louisville. I know nothing about this award or what organization would choose to give it. It would sem to need to be an entity that would like to spend their entire Saturday simply watching kickoffs…and not for the runbacks, but just the kicks themselves. Those are obviously hearty souls who have dedication to the kickoff craft and we certainly salute that intricate obsession on one topic. Plus they picked a Cat, and for that we are grateful.
The bigger issue with Mansour however isnt really the award. The biggest topic on my postgame radio show last night was why the star recruit isnt currently the Placekicker for the team. You bring in a star from Legrange, he is considered a five star and his talents are legendary. Then he loses out on the starting job to a kicker who is primarily known for his punting and who misses an extra point and a chip shot field goal. What gives? As one caller stated last night, if we are going to miss extra points, at least let the new guy do it. With Tydlacka at punter and Mansour as the glorious kickoff specialist, UK has two solid areas in the kicking game. But yesterday had me putting on my Morrissey records and channeling our emo friend Lones Seiber, hoping for a return. I grant you I dont see these guys in practice and know nothing about their performance…but I do know what I saw on Saturday. Lets let the Sour Man go ahead and give it a whirl. With four gimme points lost in the kicking game yesterday, what do we have to lose?