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(Sports Radio 930)   WATCH: Autistic football player makes game winning kick against rival school   (sportsradiojax.com) divider line 59
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2012-12-03 08:42:50 PM  
What a special player
 
2012-12-03 08:49:23 PM  
Wake me up when a club-footed guy kicks the ball 60+ yards.

/oh, wait
 
2012-12-03 08:50:39 PM  
My favorite part was after the kick, when he broke the world record for the 100-yard dash in order to avoid his teammates hugs.
 
(That was a sweet story)
 
2012-12-03 08:50:42 PM  
I bet he gets his boxers at K-Mart. 400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
2012-12-03 08:50:43 PM  
He rocks.
 
2012-12-03 08:52:54 PM  
Had to hurry up and kick it before Wapner came on.
 
2012-12-03 08:53:24 PM  
I bet he thinks that football he just kicked costs about a hundred dollars and he can't wait to get to the NFL so he can make about a hundred dollars a year.
 
2012-12-03 09:01:44 PM  
Sign him up Aggies... we need somebody automatic for extra points.
 
2012-12-03 09:17:45 PM  
Looked to be about a 41.23107564278951105 yarder.
 
2012-12-03 09:20:59 PM  

strangeguitar: He rocks.


Ha!
 
2012-12-03 09:22:02 PM  
Go ahead and skip to about 4:15 to actually see the kick. What's it look like, guys, about 22 yards?
 
2012-12-03 09:27:24 PM  

texanjeff: Sign him up Aggies... we need somebody automatic for extra points.


The Ducks need someone to kick, and in Eugene he'd be seen as a normal student judging by the UO grads I know.
 
2012-12-03 09:31:08 PM  
Note to Bills Fans from just about every year of the 1990s....

That's called a SUCCESSFUL kick.
 
2012-12-03 09:38:06 PM  
Serious question: why is it a big deal that he's autistic? What does that have to do with his ability to be a kicker?
 
2012-12-03 09:52:33 PM  

He_Hate_Me: Serious question: why is it a big deal that he's autistic? What does that have to do with his ability to be a kicker?


Because it can be very hard for autistic children to

1)Interact on a daily basis with large groups of people
2)Stay focused on something should they get interupted/distracted

And it can be very easy for them to

1)Get angry/frustrated/enraged/sad should something interupt their routine
2)Become violent should something interupt their routine.

Now this is not true for all autistic children, some are highly functional and 99 days out of 100 go by without any issue. By it's very nature, however, competative sports can be hard on them because of the intellectual/social shortcomings autism carries.

/been working in public education for over a decade, have seen both ends of the autism spectrum.
 
2012-12-03 09:55:54 PM  

Highroller48: Note to Bills Fans from just about every year of the 1990s....

That's called a SUCCESSFUL kick.


Thanks you farkin' knob. 20 years of therapy down the drain with that comment.


/F Norwood
 
2012-12-03 10:01:18 PM  
Excellent kicker.
 
2012-12-03 10:02:03 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
It's good. Definitely good.
 
2012-12-03 10:08:01 PM  

Cymbal: I bet he gets his boxers at K-Mart. 400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Fun fact, there isn't a k-mart at 400 oak st.
 
2012-12-03 10:18:00 PM  

SuperT: Cymbal: I bet he gets his boxers at K-Mart. 400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fun fact, there isn't a k-mart at 400 oak st.


Fun fact: it's the address of the hotel the cast/crew stayed when filming in Cincy.
 
2012-12-03 10:18:29 PM  

SuperT: Cymbal: I bet he gets his boxers at K-Mart. 400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fun fact, there isn't a k-mart at 400 oak st.


Vernon Manor Hotel, which is where the cast of the film stayed during location shooting.

www.eeggs.com
 
2012-12-03 10:20:52 PM  

Cymbal: SuperT: Cymbal: I bet he gets his boxers at K-Mart. 400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fun fact, there isn't a k-mart at 400 oak st.

Fun fact: it's the address of the hotel the cast/crew stayed when filming in Cincy.


didn't know that, pretty cool. I just remember one of the first things I did when I moved here was to drive by there.
 
2012-12-03 10:26:03 PM  

Highroller48: Note to Bills Fans from just about every year of the 1990s....

That's called a SUCCESSFUL kick.


To be fair to the Bills, they dumped Norwood after the 1991 season and had a very reliable kicked in Steve Christie for the rest of the 90's. Nobody else on the team was very consistant, but at least they fixed that kicker problem.

/got stuck with San Diegans asking when I first moved there if I had moved with Christie or Flutie
//damn you John Butler. not really, you were a good guy. Thanks for Brees, LT, Beebe, Hansen, et al
///first band i saw after moving from Buffalo to San Diego was the John Butler Trio. That's scary.
//go fark yourself, cancer
/you too, AJ smith
 
2012-12-03 10:29:07 PM  
Isn't this a repeat from weeks ago?
 
2012-12-03 10:30:00 PM  

davidphogan: /got stuck with San Diegans asking when I first moved there if I had moved with Christie or Flutie


At least they didn't ask if you came with the Clippers.
 
2012-12-03 10:35:56 PM  
One of the things l love about sports...

Sports doesn't care about your race. Sports doesn't care how poor you are. Sports doesn't even care if you have autism...you make the kick, you hit the shot, you make the tackle...your accomplishments count just as much as anyone else's.

Great story.
 
2012-12-03 10:45:22 PM  

IAmRight: davidphogan: /got stuck with San Diegans asking when I first moved there if I had moved with Christie or Flutie

At least they didn't ask if you came with the Clippers.


Most people my age in San Diego had no idea the Clippers were from Buffalo nor had ever been in San Diego. San Diego's not a sports-saavy town. I had numerous people say "Go Chargers" when they saw my Buffaslug hat. I had a lot of people ask me what a Buffalo Sah-bree was if they slowed down to read it.

But that also happens in Portland... Maybe the NHL just has a marketing problem...
 
2012-12-03 10:46:42 PM  

Coach_J: One of the things l love about sports...

Sports doesn't care about your race. Sports doesn't care how poor you are. Sports doesn't even care if you have autism...you make the kick, you hit the shot, you make the tackle...your accomplishments count just as much as anyone else's.

Great story.


encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

Definitely, definitely the lamest comment ever.
 
2012-12-03 10:51:42 PM  
OK, I'm that guy. The one who always comes into these threads anytime there's the story about some developmental challenged kid gets given the ball in some blowout game and the other team lets him score and everyone gets all huggy and says how great it is. I'm the one who says it's a bunch a crap, the kid shouldn't be out there, why do we coddle these kids, the whole thing's just unseemly and condescending and bullshiat.

Well I'll tell you what. This kid earned everything he got. Who cares if it was 22 yards? It was a legit FG that won the game against a powerhouse state rival. And if that other team could've gotten to him, they'd have knocked him on his ass. No gimme there. Despite his disability, he was able to hone a skill to a point that nobody GAVE him anything. And that's farking awesome. That's truly overcoming adversity. Bully for him. My hat's off to that kid.

/farking dust
 
2012-12-03 10:58:15 PM  
...Is this the point where I point out that if an dude with Autism wants to play football his monomaniacal tendencies are going to make him far more dedicated to the game than the kids who want to get girls... or would that let the air out of the thread?

/Doesn't matter. As an aside, one of the greatest Magic: The Gathering players in History has a minor case of Autism. He WRECKED conventional deck theory and guidelines at the time by playing a deck now commonly known as "(pick a variant) Pebbles".
//Even in Type 1 Vintage it's still one of the most ferocious decks out there.
 
2012-12-03 10:58:30 PM  

davidphogan: But that also happens in Portland... Maybe the NHL just has a marketing problem...


In fairness, from at least somewhat of a distance, the Buffaslug is the same general shape and color as the Chargers' lightning bolt. And it's not like people can be expected to figure out what it actually is.

/I went the wrong way since I used to live near San Diego and now I live near(ish) Buffalo
//as for the article - first we're supposed to act as though they're every bit equal to non-autistic people, then we're supposed to act as though this is a special accomplishment because...he's not supposed to be equal to a regular kicker?
///but really, don't see how autism would hurt his ability as a kicker
 
2012-12-03 10:59:17 PM  
Tom Rinaldi is the best thing about ESPN. The guy brings it every time
 
2012-12-03 11:01:26 PM  

IAmRight: In fairness, from at least somewhat of a distance, the Buffaslug is the same general shape and color as the Chargers' lightning bolt. And it's not like people can be expected to figure out what it actually is.


It's more the people who have never had to say the word sabre that amuse me.

IAmRight: /I went the wrong way since I used to live near San Diego and now I live near(ish) Buffalo


Poor bastard.

IAmRight: //as for the article - first we're supposed to act as though they're every bit equal to non-autistic people, then we're supposed to act as though this is a special accomplishment because...he's not supposed to be equal to a regular kicker?
///but really, don't see how autism would hurt his ability as a kicker


They lost me there as well. I'm happy for the kid, because beyond the challenges mentioned in TFA I'm sure there are others he's had to deal with, and it's cool he's been able to overcome those adversities. Good for him and all, but...
 
2012-12-03 11:03:44 PM  

davidphogan: Poor bastard.


On the bright side, this job doesn't threaten to send me to Iraq/Afghanistan all the time, which is a nice benefit.

/but man I miss Oceanside
 
2012-12-03 11:10:52 PM  

davidphogan: texanjeff: Sign him up Aggies... we need somebody automatic for extra points.

The Ducks need someone to kick, and in Eugene he'd be seen as a normal student judging by the UO grads I know.


Are you intimidated by students who can remember lots of facts?
 
2012-12-03 11:26:43 PM  
What an inspiration. Amazing that he was able to overcome the profound physical disability of liking trains a whole lot.

/I keed
 
2012-12-03 11:47:57 PM  

Jedekai: ...Is this the point where I point out that if an dude with Autism wants to play football his monomaniacal tendencies are going to make him far more dedicated to the game than the kids who want to get girls... or would that let the air out of the thread?

/Doesn't matter. As an aside, one of the greatest Magic: The Gathering players in History has a minor case of Autism. He WRECKED conventional deck theory and guidelines at the time by playing a deck now commonly known as "(pick a variant) Pebbles".
//Even in Type 1 Vintage it's still one of the most ferocious decks out there.


Too bad NOBODY plays Vintage.
 
2012-12-04 12:16:01 AM  

NakedReporta: OK, I'm that guy. The one who always comes into these threads anytime there's the story about some developmental challenged kid gets given the ball in some blowout game and the other team lets him score and everyone gets all huggy and says how great it is. I'm the one who says it's a bunch a crap, the kid shouldn't be out there, why do we coddle these kids, the whole thing's just unseemly and condescending and bullshiat.

Well I'll tell you what. This kid earned everything he got. Who cares if it was 22 yards? It was a legit FG that won the game against a powerhouse state rival. And if that other team could've gotten to him, they'd have knocked him on his ass. No gimme there. Despite his disability, he was able to hone a skill to a point that nobody GAVE him anything. And that's farking awesome. That's truly overcoming adversity. Bully for him. My hat's off to that kid.

/farking dust


i agree with this statement.

but how does he meet the academic requirements to be on the team? serious question.
 
2012-12-04 12:21:16 AM  

DrAwesomeTBM: Jedekai: ...Is this the point where I point out that if an dude with Autism wants to play football his monomaniacal tendencies are going to make him far more dedicated to the game than the kids who want to get girls... or would that let the air out of the thread?

/Doesn't matter. As an aside, one of the greatest Magic: The Gathering players in History has a minor case of Autism. He WRECKED conventional deck theory and guidelines at the time by playing a deck now commonly known as "(pick a variant) Pebbles".
//Even in Type 1 Vintage it's still one of the most ferocious decks out there.

Too bad NOBODY plays Vintage.


Modern is where it's at. Too bad it's priced out of my budget too.
 
2012-12-04 12:28:16 AM  
I knew this autistic kicker who was a field goal savant. He could hit from 60+ yards and he was so accurate he would wing the upright every time. I'd say, Kirk, hit the left upright on this one, and he'd say BAAAAAAAAA!!!!
 
2012-12-04 01:14:19 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: NakedReporta: OK, I'm that guy. The one who always comes into these threads anytime there's the story about some developmental challenged kid gets given the ball in some blowout game and the other team lets him score and everyone gets all huggy and says how great it is. I'm the one who says it's a bunch a crap, the kid shouldn't be out there, why do we coddle these kids, the whole thing's just unseemly and condescending and bullshiat.

Well I'll tell you what. This kid earned everything he got. Who cares if it was 22 yards? It was a legit FG that won the game against a powerhouse state rival. And if that other team could've gotten to him, they'd have knocked him on his ass. No gimme there. Despite his disability, he was able to hone a skill to a point that nobody GAVE him anything. And that's farking awesome. That's truly overcoming adversity. Bully for him. My hat's off to that kid.

/farking dust

i agree with this statement.

but how does he meet the academic requirements to be on the team? serious question.


He's not in the same classes as the rest of the team...he's in special ed
 
2012-12-04 01:22:52 AM  
"Academically, functions at the level of a ten year old."

Sounds like we got ourselves an SEC Scholar Athlete!
 
TKM
2012-12-04 01:39:37 AM  
Really?

Autism is what it takes to turn an American into a European.
 
2012-12-04 02:13:33 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: NakedReporta: OK, I'm that guy. The one who always comes into these threads anytime there's the story about some developmental challenged kid gets given the ball in some blowout game and the other team lets him score and everyone gets all huggy and says how great it is. I'm the one who says it's a bunch a crap, the kid shouldn't be out there, why do we coddle these kids, the whole thing's just unseemly and condescending and bullshiat.

Well I'll tell you what. This kid earned everything he got. Who cares if it was 22 yards? It was a legit FG that won the game against a powerhouse state rival. And if that other team could've gotten to him, they'd have knocked him on his ass. No gimme there. Despite his disability, he was able to hone a skill to a point that nobody GAVE him anything. And that's farking awesome. That's truly overcoming adversity. Bully for him. My hat's off to that kid.

/farking dust

i agree with this statement.

but how does he meet the academic requirements to be on the team? serious question.



They just move the academic goalposts for him.
 
2012-12-04 03:18:15 AM  
Laces out
 
2012-12-04 03:47:45 AM  
Autistic doesn't equal retarded.
 
2012-12-04 04:40:36 AM  
It's pretty hard to get a decent feel-good "autistic kid plays sports" stories ever since that one autistic kid hit 20 three pointers in four minutes.
 
2012-12-04 05:03:07 AM  
It was the quiet desperation in the father's voice when he realized that the kick was likely the pinnacle of his son's life that got me.
 
2012-12-04 09:14:18 AM  
As the father of a high-functioning autistic boy, this made me cry in happiness and hope for Anthony, and my own son, who desperately wants to be like everyone else but just can't get past the social/emotional limitations autism can cause and he can't understand.

Imagine, if you can, having all these emotions (good or bad) and have no way to get them out in a manner that others can understand. Kind of like that one time in class, or at work, where you had a great idea or the correct answer and someone else took it from you. You can't say anything out loud without making a scene so you just sit there and let those feelings well up and brew inside you head. That is what autism is like every day, and for some kids, all the time.

That is where Anthony's father is. Watching his son do something that brings out the same emotion in his son as it does in everyone else around him. It makes Anthony "normal" for once, in the eyes of everyone else around him, even if he does race around like Forrest Gump to avoid being hugged and picked up.

By the way, when Anthony talks about how happy that kick made his parents, for him.... is a massive moment of emotional and social understanding. You may not realize it, but as a father of an autistic child, to hear a young autistic person have that sense of self in relation to others emotions is HUGE! My son is very loving, my son loves to do new things that make us happy. He has no concept of doing things that make us happy FOR him.

/Just my two cents
//probably not even worth that here on Fark
///tough, deal with it
////slashies!!
 
2012-12-04 10:04:45 AM  

Jedekai: ...Is this the point where I point out that if an dude with Autism wants to play football his monomaniacal tendencies are going to make him far more dedicated to the game than the kids who want to get girls... or would that let the air out of the thread?


This is true.

My son is high functioning autistic. This past spring he wanted to play baseball. We caught ball in the past but he never really seemed to take an interest. His 1st practice, he didn't even know what to do when he hit the ball.

By the end of the season he was the best hitter on the team with .700 something average and only 5 K's all season. His dedication to baseball is ridiculous. It is Dec now and he is still practicing almost daily. When he isn't practicing he is reading about the game. He has a bit of that memory savant thing going on, so he knows most of the World Series champion winners now and what year they won.

He told me that when he grows up he is going to play professional baseball. I don't doubt that he could.
 
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