As a 7 y/o kid, living out in the sticks in the Midwest, my brother and I built a crystal radio set which picked up only two stations: one was gospel, and the other was the GB Packer radio station. Paul Hornung was the triple threat back then, and he could pass, catch, and kick...drop kick, that is. One afternoon he was running what would become the famous GB sweep, and he stops on a dime and drop kicks one for 30 yds for 3 pts. After that I was hooked...I loved FGs.
FG physics is pretty easy, whether from a hold or drop kicked...the physics are the same. Basically as opposed to a pass which spirals in circles, we all know a FG kick tumbles end over end. A perfect kick is kicked in the exact middle of the ball measured horizontally, but is kicked closer to the ground than to the upper tip of the ball. When Akers' kick went "DOOINNGGG", and bounced straight up with a continuing end over end rotation, it had to have hit the X-bar in the exact mid point
of the long axis of the ball on the exact top of the X-bar
, to bounce virtually vertically. That did not stop the forward end over end rotation, which continued when the ball came back down, re-hit the X-bar, and continuing its end over end rotation, went thru.
The odds of that happening, particularly from 63 feet at sea level, are so rare that no viewer has ever seen that before, and none will ever see it again. Truly one of a kind occurrence, which not too scientifically makes 49er fans wonder if it isn't a harbinger of things to come. The 49ers played an essentially flawless game. Why not have an extraordinary event to let the rest of the NFL know that we aren't only the best in the NFL, we are also lucky
. Supremely talented AND lucky is going to be hard to beat. My 11-5 pick with a loss at GB is suddenly looking like a 14-2
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Sep 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM ]