Scott Norwood's Thursday News and Views

Thomas Beisnerover 10 years


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They say life is full of little disappointments.  Often times, you can find them right here.  Other times, disappointment and it's black-hearted cousin, fate, finds you.  That's exactly what happened in the case of former Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood, who shanked his way into infamy and out of Buffalo exactly twenty years ago today.  For Bills fans, fate seemed to be on their side as they prepared to play the role of heavy favorites against the New York Giants in Tampa.  Sporting a prolific offense that had posted 95 points in two playoff games and faced with a backup quarterback with a funny voice on the opposite team, it appeared the only damper on a Buffalo party would be the halftime show of New Kids on the Block and Warren Moon (I'm as confused as you are).  But, the Giants played the part of spoiler and, just when it looked like fate was coming back on their side, Norwood happened.  His 47-yard field goal sailed right, sending the Bills to the first of four consecutive Super Bowl losses and making the Bills' all-time leading scorer more hated in that city than the guy nestled behind him in second place (OJ Simpson).  So, here's a toast to you, Scott Norwood.  May I disappoint the masses today in your honor. Now onto your letdowns...   - After buzz seemed to grow on all sides of the argument, no decision came from Jon Davis and the Eastern star announced he will pick his school on Signing Day.  The family initially delayed the decision because Jon's father could not make it home in time due to weather, but they also had Ron Zook over for their final recruiting pitch.  No indication is known yet, but Davis' mother did admit she had to spend hours getting all the overrated out of the couch after Zook left.  - On the basketball front, not a lot going on unfortunately as the Cats contine to focus on making themselves better before a rematch with Georgia.  Cal spoke earlier in the week about the things they would be working on (execution, situations and the press), but a look at the two stats that have dictated their success to this point is intriguing to say the least.  The Cats, for the most part, have shot the ball well and rebounded in every win this season.  In their first matchup against the Dawgs, Kentucky made 30% of their threes and were out-rebounded by three before bouncing back and shooting a combined 43% from downtown and averaging +7 rebounds in the following two games.  But, in the last two, the Cats have again struggled in both areas and shot 29% from deep and got beat on the boards in both.  They found a way to win against South Carolina despite hitting only 3-13 shots, but that likely won't get the job done against Georgia.  This is the time of the year that legs sometimes tire out, which is what happened with last year's team, which was also the best three-point shooting team in UK history at this point.  They found other ways to win and it started with a commitment to rebounding and defense.  It will be interesting to see if this team can do the same if shots aren't falling Saturday.  - Congratulations to former Cat Derrick Locke, who is getting good reviews at the Senior Bowl practices.  He's working himself into the late rounds, according to those scouting the event.  He was expected to receive some attention as a potential kick-returning option, but he's started to show enough out of the backfield to earn a look as a running back late in the draft.  - It's a terribly tragic story and one that Gary Parrish wrote about beautifully, but there was a bit of good news for Kansas Jayhawk Thomas Robinson Wednesday.  The NCAA granted a waiver to allow the school to provide aid to Robinson's 9 year-old sister.  A lot of coaches spend time talking about the "family" mentality of the program, but this story is an example of that truly being the case.  Kudos to the NCAA for being flexible and to Bill Self and the Jayhawk staff for their apparent involvement in making sure this little girl finds herself in the best situation possible.  - It's not just power forwards anymore.  Nope, now high school coaches are getting in Twitter trouble.  I remember a time when the most high-tech thing high school coaches were doing was turning on the VCR during their mandated class periods.  Now, they're riding the wave of the future.  Well done, Jeff Morrow.  But you forgot to say you got hacked.  All the kids do.  - DID ANYONE LISTEN TO STEVE LAPPAS CALL THE BYU - SAN DIEGO STATE GAME?  HE WORKED WITH TED ROBINSON AND SAW JIMMER LIGHT IT UP AND THEN TOOK BACK THE WHITE HOUSE!  BEEE-YAHHHH!!! That's it for now.  Stick around throughout the day as we finally inch toward a basketball game.  Terrence Jones is focused on Trey Thompkins and Doron Lamb, well, Doron Lamb has a picture of him getting a pedicure up on his locker.  Soft feet equals soft touch? doron-lamb-pedicure See you in a few...

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