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(NJ.com)   Autistic high school football player kicks game winning field goal for 23.9967 to 20.9967 upset victory   (nj.com) divider line 18
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2012-10-24 09:20:41 AM
Just in time for Whopner.
 
2012-10-24 11:28:48 AM
Good thing they pulled off the upset. I hear prior to this win the team was slowly drowning, off the coast, and headed nowhere.
 
2012-10-24 11:39:18 AM
He's autistic, not a floating point processor.

/and a poor one at that if it loses it after three decimal places
 
2012-10-24 11:50:19 AM

NkThrasher: He's autistic, not a floating point processor.

/and a poor one at that if it loses it after three decimal places


Or as Ann Coulter would say, he is a special needs child.
 
2012-10-24 11:56:53 AM
He's an excellent driver kicker.
 
2012-10-24 11:59:52 AM
Since he obviously needs to stick to a routine (as per the article), would it be bad sportsmanship to ice him just before he kicks? I mean, right before the ball is snapped call a timeout. Would that send him spiraling into some sort of funk that he would meltdown and be unable to kick the ball afterwards? I only ask because you know some coach out there has thought about this.
 
2012-10-24 12:03:37 PM

Cubs300: Since he obviously needs to stick to a routine (as per the article), would it be bad sportsmanship to ice him just before he kicks? I mean, right before the ball is snapped call a timeout. Would that send him spiraling into some sort of funk that he would meltdown and be unable to kick the ball afterwards? I only ask because you know some coach out there has thought about this.


I bet you could fark with him by lining up in a non standard formation or something. Try to get him focused on the fact the defense is aligned in an odd way and blow his whole process. I'm not sure if the icing would work since he wouldn't have started the footwork before the kick and even if you ice him, a lot of times the kickers will still go through the motions. Maybe if you had two timeouts and got him twice in a row you'd mess with him.
 
2012-10-24 12:05:19 PM
WE WON!
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/rtfa!
 
2012-10-24 12:17:49 PM
At one point the article specifies that the winning field goal kick was 20.1168 meters, and at another point it says it was 21.031 meters! Which is it!?
 
2012-10-24 12:24:23 PM
I wonder if a autistic person could become a kicking savant if that is what they became focused on?
 
2012-10-24 12:31:32 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I wonder if a autistic person could become a kicking savant if that is what they became focused on?


The issues I see are:

1. You have different kicking approaches depending on wind, hash, and distance. You could say make a savant for extra points since they all occur from the same place, but most kickers are already near automatic on FGs. The autistic person would have to learn a number of different approaches for one task (kicking the ball).

2. If the holder bobbles the ball at all, the autistic person is going to have issues. A lot of kickers will stutter step or the like while the holder recovers and then attempt to kick it (if a shorter FG). Or on a really blown snap the FG will stand up and run/throw while the kicker tries to block. The autistic kicker would have issues there. The autistic guy is going to have issues alternating his routine based on a snap issue and recovering.

3. Related to point two, fakes are off the table.

That's based off being the hockey coach for an autistic goalie. In some areas he was lights out, once you taught him the standard behavior like say butterfly, move block here, etc, he always did it perfectly. He had minimal improv abilities though.
 
2012-10-24 12:32:11 PM
Farking integers, how do they work?
 
2012-10-24 12:33:33 PM
Dammit, dusty in here.

/father of an autistic son
 
2012-10-24 04:31:10 PM
What percentage of kids have autism these days? Seems like its a faster growing epidemic than AIDS and restless leg syndrome combined. Any hope on the horizon for a cure?
 
2012-10-24 04:56:48 PM

mikaloyd: What percentage of kids have autism these days? Seems like its a faster growing epidemic than AIDS and restless leg syndrome combined. Any hope on the horizon for a cure?


Hey, if they keep kicking game winners, why would you want to fix that?
 
2012-10-24 06:03:36 PM

mikaloyd: What percentage of kids have autism these days? Seems like its a faster growing epidemic than AIDS and restless leg syndrome combined. Any hope on the horizon for a cure?



Google says 1 in 86 or roughly 1.16%

Contrast that with obesity which is 7% worldwide (and between 16 and 30 in the US)
 
2012-10-24 06:29:04 PM

ha-ha-guy: 3. Related to point two, fakes are off the table.


On this one point I have to disagree. You'd have the best fakes ever, just don't bother telling the kicker it's going to be a fake.
 
2012-10-25 03:24:31 AM
Very cool story
 
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