In football terms the field goal is about as sexy as Betty White in crotchless panties. Unless, of course, that field goal propels your team to victory. In that case the field goal can be as attractive as the super model of your choice wearing the same panties as Betty White.
Mixed visual imagery aside, more often than not seeing the kicker come onto the field is a symbol of failure. As in your team failed to find the end zone.
This season Sebastian Janikowski has done for the field goal what high-definition has done for video game addicts.
Today Seabass continued his amazing season by setting yet another franchise record. As the Raiders struggled to move the ball on a stout Chicago defense it set the stage for Jano to deliver one of the great performances we’ve ever seen by a kicker.
Six times Janikowski was called on to salvage points for the Silver and Black.
Six times he answered the call by putting three points on the board.
Of Jano’s gems only two were attempted inside of 40-yards. By the way the ball fluttered in the air you could tell his hamstring was still affecting his play. But the boxscore will tell a much different tale.
Janikowski already owns most every record there is for kickers that have worn Silver and Black. He’s the all-time leading scorer in Raider history. He has the most 50-yard field goals in Raider history. To open the season Seabass equaled the NFL record for distance.
He now stands alone as the only Raider to ever kick six field goals in a game.
How can Seabass top himself? We’ll just have to eagerly await his next game to answer that.
No doubt the Bears were well aware of how valuable a weapon Janikowski was coming into the game. However you can’t imagine they envisioned a game where Jano would be such a huge factor in the outcome.
Forget what you heard. Oakland needed every one of Janikowski’s kicks today. As usual the Raiders let the Bears hang around. One miss from Jano would have made this a much different contest late.
For the rest of the football world the name Janikowski was largely used as a punch line. From Al Davis’ decision to take a kicker in the first round of the NFL draft to Jano’s run-ins with the law, the jokes were constant.
Well, with the Raiders atop the AFC West. Janikowski is playing through the pain in order to put together one of the best season any kicker has ever had in the history of pro football. I have but one question.
Who’s laughing now?