Monday, March 14, 2005

Bill O'Reilly - The Best Punter You've Never Seen?

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann says Bill O'Reilly better stick to his day job (and night job, for that matter).

At the 2005 Super Bowl, O'Reilly penned an article on the back page for the game day program sold at the concessions and distributed to the media. It is not uncommon for the NFL to have a celebrity of some sort include a back page piece about how football has affected their life. O'Reilly took the opportunity to discuss his own football career at Marist College.

Olbermann notes how O'Reilly claims in the piece that: "I won the national punting title for my division as a senior" and concludes by saying that "I guess you could say the end zone was the beginning of the no-spin zone."

O'Reilly seems to be fudging the facts once again.

Marist College did not even have football as a varsity sport until 1978. O'Reilly graduated in 1971. What O'Reilly played on was a 'club' team (meaning players paid all their own expenses, and recording exact statistics was not exactly a high priority).

O'Reilly's statement seems to imply that he was the top...the best....the #1 punter.... in his division in the COUNTRY in 1970. This division was in fact not Division I or II NCAA athletics (not even a small college NAIA program). What Marist College participated in was the "National Club Football Association."

Still.....I think it’d be more entertaining to see O'Reilly lining up in punt formation, rather than Steve Cheeks or these other jokers the Chiefs manage to dig up. According to Marist's historical records of their 1970 club football team, O'Reilly averaged 41.4 yds/punt. Not too shabby. If Vermeil can give Kurt Warner a chance to make it in the league as a 28-year-old rookie, why can't he give a 58-year-old talk show host the same opportunity?


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