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Flutie converts NFL's first drop kick in 64 years
Associated Press News Service via NFL.com wire reports ^ | Jan. 1, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 01/01/2006 4:37:29 PM PST by Paleo Conservative

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Jan. 1, 2006) -- Doug Flutie added another oddity to his football résumé when he converted a drop kick in the fourth quarter of the New England Patriots' game against the Miami Dolphins.

It was the league's first drop kick since the 1941 NFL championship game, according to the web site for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With starting quarterback Tom Brady sitting out most of the season-ending game, backup Matt Cassel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tim Dwight to cut Miami's lead to 25-19 with 6:10 left in the game. Flutie, who was listed as the No. 3 QB, came in for the extra point and lined up at quarterback.

After a timeout, Flutie took the snap, dropped the ball and kicked it off a short hop through the uprights for one point. He ran off the field and embraced coach Bill Belichick.

According to the Hall of Fame site, Chicago's Ray "Scooter" McLean converted the last drop kick in the Bears' 37-9 victory against the New York Giants on Dec. 21, 1941.


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I've never seen a drop kick.
1 posted on 01/01/2006 4:37:31 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

I did. In the original "The Longest Yard"


2 posted on 01/01/2006 4:39:14 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Paleo Conservative

First time for me, too. I used to like Doug Flutie, but then in 2000, he got on the Hillary! bandwagon and he dropped to less-than-zero on my list of people to admire.


3 posted on 01/01/2006 4:39:48 PM PST by Ax
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To: Paleo Conservative

It was great. They practiced it!
May be Flutie's last score in the NFL?


4 posted on 01/01/2006 4:39:55 PM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: Paleo Conservative

Flutie is too short to be a QB.


5 posted on 01/01/2006 4:40:25 PM PST by frankjr
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To: Paleo Conservative

6 posted on 01/01/2006 4:41:12 PM PST by misterrob
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To: Ax

Yup, Flutie is a big-time lib. He drank the Kool-aid at BU apparently.


7 posted on 01/01/2006 4:41:56 PM PST by keithtoo (Leftists/Democrats - Traitors, Haters and Vacillators)
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To: Paleo Conservative

8 posted on 01/01/2006 4:42:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ConservativeGreek

I can't wait for the highlights, so I can see this. Does anyone know if there is a video of it?


9 posted on 01/01/2006 4:42:47 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: keithtoo

BC, not BU


10 posted on 01/01/2006 4:42:50 PM PST by misterrob
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To: Lunatic Fringe

You beat me to it.


11 posted on 01/01/2006 4:43:30 PM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Paleo Conservative

"I've never seen a drop kick."

You missed the one in 41?


12 posted on 01/01/2006 4:44:00 PM PST by billhilly
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To: misterrob

It's all BS to me.


13 posted on 01/01/2006 4:44:31 PM PST by keithtoo (Leftists/Democrats - Traitors, Haters and Vacillators)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Why didn't they just kick an extra point?


14 posted on 01/01/2006 4:44:34 PM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Here's an obsolete thread I started earlier.

Bush Bowl (Texans 17 49's 17 in OT)

15 posted on 01/01/2006 4:45:05 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Bogdanski: What the hell was that?

Paul Crewe: That was a dropkick.

Bogdanski: Dropkick?

Paul Crewe: Dropkick.

Bogdanski: How much is that worth?

Paul Crewe: Three points.

Bogdanski: Three points?

Paul Crewe: Three points.

Bogdanski: For that? Bull$hit!

16 posted on 01/01/2006 4:46:04 PM PST by Troublemaker
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To: tet68

For those who dont know, the difference between a punt and a drop kick is that in a drop kick the ball bounces before being kicked. For points, the ball must touch the ground before being kicked through the goal posts.


17 posted on 01/01/2006 4:46:17 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I perfected the drop kick playing Rugby. In Rugby you can drop kick and score from any position on the field and score.

It's really fun when you do a drop at full sprint.


18 posted on 01/01/2006 4:46:48 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: Paleo Conservative

Cool. I have never seen the "fair catch kick" rule evoked either. You know, at the end of the quarter if a player calls a fiar catch with no time left, the team can elect to get a free kick.


19 posted on 01/01/2006 4:47:05 PM PST by Perdogg ("Facts are stupid things." - President Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: MJY1288

Does anyone know if there is a video of it?

Please try CBS4Boston.com, it was on video.
Berman announced that ESPN Countdown will play it again shortly.


20 posted on 01/01/2006 4:47:38 PM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: Paleo Conservative

Gotta like the guy.

21 posted on 01/01/2006 4:50:30 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:|~)
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To: frankjr

http://members.aol.com/Argonuter/stats.html I don't know. Some bigger guys would have loved his career.


22 posted on 01/01/2006 4:50:42 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Paleo Conservative

What was the reason for the drop kick instead of a conventional extra point kick or going for a 2 point conversion?


23 posted on 01/01/2006 4:52:30 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Paleo Conservative
backup Matt Cassel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tim Dwight

Another interesting tidbit in this article... Matt Cassel was the back-up QB to Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC... He completed a grand total of 20 passes in his NCAA career and never threw a touchdown pass in college.

24 posted on 01/01/2006 4:52:38 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: martin_fierro

We'll see how much you like him during the 2008 campaign season.


25 posted on 01/01/2006 4:53:01 PM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids (All liberal agenda roads lead to San Francisco)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I saw it...Why? I would have been more impressed if he'd thrown it left handed through the goal posts. A hasbeen making a rare play = Much air time on news channels. Miami still won, so I am happy.


26 posted on 01/01/2006 4:53:38 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Paleo Conservative
The last drop kick I saw was Childress, Texas HS against Burkburnett, Texas HS in 1967. Burkburnett kicked one against Childress.
27 posted on 01/01/2006 4:55:54 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Ax

I find Flutie much less annoying than Tom Brady... much, much less.


28 posted on 01/01/2006 4:56:01 PM PST by Accygirl
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To: keithtoo

BC is where Flutie went


29 posted on 01/01/2006 4:57:00 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Buck W.
Why didn't they just kick an extra point?

Flutie is going to retire and it was a nice gesture by Bill Belichick to let him "score" on what very well may be his last career play.
30 posted on 01/01/2006 4:57:42 PM PST by scott says
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To: Perdogg
Cool. I have never seen the "fair catch kick" rule evoked either. You know, at the end of the quarter if a player calls a fiar catch with no time left, the team can elect to get a free kick.

The Dallas Cowbows actually used that rule once back in the 1970's.

31 posted on 01/01/2006 4:59:10 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: Buck W.
Why didn't they just kick an extra point?

Maybe they wanted to go for a two point conversion and there was just no way to make it happen.

32 posted on 01/01/2006 4:59:16 PM PST by Zeroisanumber
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To: Ax
Hillary or no Hillary, I have been a fan of Doug Flutie ever since the day he threw the Hail Mary Pass in Miami bringing Boston College to victory over the Hurricanes with 6 seconds left in the game. The pass was caught by Gerard Phelan.

Flutie ended up with the Patriots this year, which is fitting for the guy.

Go Doug!! I still love you.
33 posted on 01/01/2006 5:00:17 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (My Daughter, My Hero, My Soldier, My Friend)
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To: ConservativeGreek
I just saw it :-)

WTG Flutie

Thanks my friend
Happy New Year

34 posted on 01/01/2006 5:02:20 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

WTG Flutie

Live, it was a jaw dropper.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!


35 posted on 01/01/2006 5:05:05 PM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: Jen's Mom

Boston College...a football program the defines itself by several upset victories but with no real success in its own right.


36 posted on 01/01/2006 5:06:01 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: Sonny M

Stunt. But fun to watch.


37 posted on 01/01/2006 5:08:52 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: ConservativeGreek

I sure wish I would have seen it5, but I was watching the Redskins beat Philadelphia and go to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 :-)


38 posted on 01/01/2006 5:09:42 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

In a "punt or drop-kick" the objective is the extra point or a field goal or kicking downfield in the fourth down? Which? For a field goal or an extra point they set the ball. In a fourth down the kicker receives the ball from the center and kicks it to the other team.? I'm really trying to understand the significance of this.


39 posted on 01/01/2006 5:10:02 PM PST by mombrown1 (PAFairTax.org)
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To: So Cal Rocket

With your nick and knowledge, I assume you're a fellow Trojan and already realize the following, which I state for others: the Patriots' drafting of Cassell, in light of his nearly nonexistent college experience, simply illustrates SC's incredible depth.


40 posted on 01/01/2006 5:10:07 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Look it up!)
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To: Jen's Mom

I actually watched that play on live television. It was the first time I had ever heard of Doug Flutie.


41 posted on 01/01/2006 5:12:59 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: mombrown1

You cant score on a punt through the uprights. The ball must touch the ground first, then be kicked through goal posts in order to score.


42 posted on 01/01/2006 5:13:34 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Yup... and here's an even more incredible sign of their depth... John David Booty, National HS Player of the Year for 2002, may never start a game for USC... He's played behind Palmer, Leinart, and may very well be playing behind Mark Sanchez for the next two years.


43 posted on 01/01/2006 5:14:30 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Zack Nguyen
LOL -- obviously you are not a New Englander.

44 posted on 01/01/2006 5:18:38 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (My Daughter, My Hero, My Soldier, My Friend)
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To: mombrown1
For a field goal or an extra point they set the ball. In a fourth down the kicker receives the ball from the center and kicks it to the other team.? I'm really trying to understand the significance of this.

The purpose of a punt (kicking the ball before it touches the ground) is to give the ball to the other team farther away from the end zone.

When a team kicks to score (extra point or field goal) the "normal" way is to snap the ball to a holder and he sets it on the ground and the kicker kicks it. But the rules also allow it to be snapped directly to the kicker and he drops it so it hits the ground and then he kicks it. It's basically the same thing, except there is no holder.

You can't score with a punt. If the ball touches the ground, it's not a punt.

45 posted on 01/01/2006 5:20:37 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Paleo Conservative

I think the patriots lost on purpose so they could avoid the Steelers. The Bengals tried to avoid them but the patriots would not let them. LOL!


46 posted on 01/01/2006 5:22:14 PM PST by buckeyesrule (Go Bucks! Beat the Irish....again!!!!)
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids
We'll see how much you like him during the 2008 campaign season.

It seems I've forgotten my Decoder Ring today, Kaptain Kryptic.

Kare to Klarify?

47 posted on 01/01/2006 5:24:28 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:|~)
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To: martin_fierro
You may see him quite often in close proximity to a lesbian socialist who uses a broom as her primary mode of transportation.
48 posted on 01/01/2006 5:26:44 PM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids (All liberal agenda roads lead to San Francisco)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Happens all the time in a rugby match :.>


49 posted on 01/01/2006 5:27:38 PM PST by IntheHillsGolden (You pass through places ...and places pass through you.........)
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Thank you - excellent explanation. But what benefit does it have over setting the ball - is it more points? If it's not more points then why bother? Why not just set the ball and use the kicker?


50 posted on 01/01/2006 5:31:45 PM PST by mombrown1 (PAFairTax.org)
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