Dry Ice


Sunday’s game versus the New York Jets showed that the practice of Icing the kicker is becoming less and less effective in the national football league. After Folk’s blocked field-goal attempt in OT was negated by a timeout, his retry was a successful 33-yarder with 6:04 left, and the Jets beat the Dolphins 23-20 on Sunday. Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard gain to set up the kick. Two plays later, Folk’s attempt was blocked by Randy Starks charging up the middle, but the officials whistled the play dead just as the ball was snapped because Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had called timeout. Afterwards, Philbin stated “I thought it was the right call, I was planning all along to call timeout right before he kicked the ball. … Typically we’re going to ice the kicker.” To make matters worse, on the previous possession, the Dolphin’s kicker Dan Carpenter missed a 48-yard field goal wide left. This was after he missed a 47-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter. Hopefully, next time Philbin will think twice before icing anyone.

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