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(ESPN)   USC long snapper Jake Olson becomes just the second blind top-division college football player to see the field   ( espn.com) divider line
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2017-09-02 09:50:52 PM  
Kid has a future as a referee.
 
2017-09-02 10:00:07 PM  
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2017-09-02 11:54:36 PM  
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I want a girl with a short skirt and a long snapper...
 
2017-09-03 01:54:02 AM  

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2017-09-03 02:40:31 AM  

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I want a girl with a short skirt and a long snapper...


If you don't mean the fish (the kind with gills...), those aren't hard to find....
 
2017-09-03 02:41:09 AM  
Meanwhile, non-blind Pac-12 referees still do not exist.
 
2017-09-03 02:58:16 AM  

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2017-09-03 04:36:21 AM  
Bless this guy, though. At least he can't see how sh*tty his teammates are or how overrated his quarterback is....
 
2017-09-03 05:23:06 AM  
Technically, he didn't really see the field.
 
2017-09-03 11:28:43 AM  

puffy999: Bless this guy, though. At least he can't see how sh*tty his teammates are or how overrated his quarterback is....


Wat
 
2017-09-03 11:53:34 AM  
But how did e hear the ref's whistle?
 
2017-09-03 01:00:00 PM  
Snapping should be easy, but how does he block the noseguard?  I suppose once he touches him, he can hold on at least as well (and probably better) than a sighted lineman, but how does he get to there?

I suppose since somebody must have lead him to the ball, the noseguard either knew he was blind or this was one nasty fake, but it doesn't mention any differences taken.
 
2017-09-03 01:12:28 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Snapping should be easy, but how does he block the noseguard?  I suppose once he touches him, he can hold on at least as well (and probably better) than a sighted lineman, but how does he get to there?

I suppose since somebody must have lead him to the ball, the noseguard either knew he was blind or this was one nasty fake, but it doesn't mention any differences taken.


It says in the article that the other team knew what was going on, and didn't hit him.
 
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2017-09-03 03:23:35 PM  
Does his dog get a letter too?
/ kidding! This is a great thing, and very cool that western Michigan played along.
// disclaimer; my mother was blind
/// tradition
 
2017-09-03 03:43:20 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Snapping should be easy, but how does he block the noseguard?  I suppose once he touches him, he can hold on at least as well (and probably better) than a sighted lineman, but how does he get to there?

I suppose since somebody must have lead him to the ball, the noseguard either knew he was blind or this was one nasty fake, but it doesn't mention any differences taken.


I was watching the game and Western Michigan didn't rush anybody on the play.  The all just stood up and watched.

On top of that, NCAA rules prohibit the defense from hitting a long snapper for 1 second after the ball is snapped.  Kicks get off fast enough that a one second delay more or less makes it impossible for a D to effectively block or disrupt a kick by knocking over or pushing back the long snapper, so they typically never get touched anyway.

https://longsnap.com/2010/08/28/nfl-and-ncaa-rules-regarding-snappers​/
 
2017-09-03 04:21:09 PM  

Craw Fu: yet_another_wumpus: Snapping should be easy, but how does he block the noseguard?  I suppose once he touches him, he can hold on at least as well (and probably better) than a sighted lineman, but how does he get to there?

I suppose since somebody must have lead him to the ball, the noseguard either knew he was blind or this was one nasty fake, but it doesn't mention any differences taken.

I was watching the game and Western Michigan didn't rush anybody on the play.  The all just stood up and watched.


Western Michigan was wrong to go along with it at that point in the game and the season. WMU essentially ceded the field to Southern California by not electing to go for the block.

If WMU goes for the block and returns it, it is now a two score game over three minutes remaining, two timeouts left, and they'll be receiving the kick. That game was far from over and if I was a WMU player I'd be pissed off that my teammates and I played a blue blood to a relative standstill on their own field until the last few minutes of the game and then my coaches threw in the towel. You think the players will ever listen to anything that staff ever says in the future concerning not quitting and giving everything you've got?

It was the first game of the season, far more appropriate opportunities will most likely occur over the course of the year. USC's staff shouldn't have proposed that WMU lay off because what are the WMU coaches supposed to do if USC goes ahead without an agreement? It falls on the USC coaches for a lack of tact but WMU should have bluffed that they'd go after it and maybe USC wouldn't have gone ahead.

Yes it is a feel good story and blah blah blah but it wasn't a good point in the game or the season to do it. It isn't about being a dick or anything like that, it is just a pragmatic view of things.
 
2017-09-03 06:13:24 PM  

WoodyHayes: Craw Fu: yet_another_wumpus: Snapping should be easy, but how does he block the noseguard?  I suppose once he touches him, he can hold on at least as well (and probably better) than a sighted lineman, but how does he get to there?

I suppose since somebody must have lead him to the ball, the noseguard either knew he was blind or this was one nasty fake, but it doesn't mention any differences taken.

I was watching the game and Western Michigan didn't rush anybody on the play.  The all just stood up and watched.

Western Michigan was wrong to go along with it at that point in the game and the season. WMU essentially ceded the field to Southern California by not electing to go for the block.

If WMU goes for the block and returns it, it is now a two score game over three minutes remaining, two timeouts left, and they'll be receiving the kick. That game was far from over and if I was a WMU player I'd be pissed off that my teammates and I played a blue blood to a relative standstill on their own field until the last few minutes of the game and then my coaches threw in the towel. You think the players will ever listen to anything that staff ever says in the future concerning not quitting and giving everything you've got?

It was the first game of the season, far more appropriate opportunities will most likely occur over the course of the year. USC's staff shouldn't have proposed that WMU lay off because what are the WMU coaches supposed to do if USC goes ahead without an agreement? It falls on the USC coaches for a lack of tact but WMU should have bluffed that they'd go after it and maybe USC wouldn't have gone ahead.

Yes it is a feel good story and blah blah blah but it wasn't a good point in the game or the season to do it. It isn't about being a dick or anything like that, it is just a pragmatic view of things.


Pragmatically and realistically, none of that stuff was going to happen.
 
2017-09-03 08:17:45 PM  

bingethinker: WoodyHayes: Craw Fu: yet_another_wumpus: Snapping should be easy, but how does he block the noseguard?  I suppose once he touches him, he can hold on at least as well (and probably better) than a sighted lineman, but how does he get to there?

I suppose since somebody must have lead him to the ball, the noseguard either knew he was blind or this was one nasty fake, but it doesn't mention any differences taken.

I was watching the game and Western Michigan didn't rush anybody on the play.  The all just stood up and watched.

Western Michigan was wrong to go along with it at that point in the game and the season. WMU essentially ceded the field to Southern California by not electing to go for the block.

If WMU goes for the block and returns it, it is now a two score game over three minutes remaining, two timeouts left, and they'll be receiving the kick. That game was far from over and if I was a WMU player I'd be pissed off that my teammates and I played a blue blood to a relative standstill on their own field until the last few minutes of the game and then my coaches threw in the towel. You think the players will ever listen to anything that staff ever says in the future concerning not quitting and giving everything you've got?

It was the first game of the season, far more appropriate opportunities will most likely occur over the course of the year. USC's staff shouldn't have proposed that WMU lay off because what are the WMU coaches supposed to do if USC goes ahead without an agreement? It falls on the USC coaches for a lack of tact but WMU should have bluffed that they'd go after it and maybe USC wouldn't have gone ahead.

Yes it is a feel good story and blah blah blah but it wasn't a good point in the game or the season to do it. It isn't about being a dick or anything like that, it is just a pragmatic view of things.

Pragmatically and realistically, none of that stuff was going to happen.



Agreed, a team down by two scores possessing the ball who has two timeouts with over three minutes left in the game has never won in college football. Frankly, for the safety of the players I just wish the game had been called earlier and I'm pretty disappointed that it wasn't.
 
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