Every now and then, we are reminded just how valuable a kicker can be. Typically the reminder comes courtesy of ultimate heartbreak, as it did for Missouri in Week 9.
Kicking a small, oddly shaped ball between two yellow poles is a strange enough practice as is. When there is high stress involved, with an entire team sitting on one man’s shoulders, a bizarre task becomes slightly more complicated.
And perhaps “complicated” is just a small portion of the emotion pie.
Elsewhere, Week 9 was all about the bands and the magical things they can muster up. One band was scolded, another spelled out a familiar football word and the Ohio State band continues to dominate the BCS rankings (Band Championship Series, and this should be a real thing).
The end of Week 9 means we have to write “Week 10” going forward, and there is nothing comforting in reaching double digits.
Before we get there, however, here’s what I loved and hated about the week that was.