Like so much of issues these days, it began with a tweet.
On the left, you’ve received “Hot Rod” Rodrigo John Blankenship, the Indianapolis Colts’ kicker. The participant on the best is DeKaylin Zecharius Metcalf.
Mr. Metcalf, clearly, wants no introduction on this right here web site (or some other sports-site at this level). Mr. Blankenship, alternatively, generates a response of “Who?” even amongst some of the Colts’ fanbase. So let’s check out on the man they name “Hot Rod” – with a brief side-trip down reminiscence lane.
Despite a college resume that included the longest field goal in Rose Bowl history in 2018 (a recreation Georgia gained in additional time in opposition to the favored Oklahoma Sooners), an 82.5% success charge on subject objectives (80/97), and an ideal 200-for-200 stat line on further factors, Hot Rod didn’t hear his title referred to as within the 2020 NFL Draft.
Undaunted, Blankenship signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent.
For these unfamiliar with the Colts’ current kicking historical past, they’d a man title Adam-something … Vinatieri, possibly? I learn somewhere that he performed for nearly 1 / 4 of a century (24 years) and holds a couple of data, together with most subject objectives (599), most additional time subject objectives (12), most postseason factors (238) … that kind of factor. Oh, and he’s the NFL’s all-time main scorer with 2,673 factors.
Near the top of the 2019 season, the Colts put their future first-ballot Hall of Fame kicker on Injured Reserve (after he underwent season-ending knee surgical procedure) and turned the kicking duties over to Chase McLaughlin, who they’d claimed off waivers a pair weeks earlier. McLaughlin went 5-for-6 on FGs and 11-for-11 on XPs for the Colts in 2019 however received beat out by Blankenship in coaching camp final 12 months.
Blankenship was profitable on 32 of his 37 subject purpose makes an attempt his rookie season and made 43 of 45 further factors. On Sunday, he was 1-for-1 on each subject objectives and further factors.
Note: The Colts went for two after their second landing and Carson Wentz received DUNLAP’d.
For reference / context, Hot Rod’s profession proportion on subject objectives at present sits at 86.8% and his extra-points proportion sits at 95.7%. Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers, he of the 35-straight subject objectives, together with a 24-of-24 “perfect” season in 2020, has a profession subject purpose proportion of 86.2% and a profession mark of 89.6% on further factors. That’s to not say that Hot Rod is “better” than Myers; I’m simply declaring that he’s most likely received a reasonably good profession in entrance of him if he can keep his early success charges.
Now, about that image …
When you take a look at it, you’ll be able to’t assist however assume that Hot Rod seems like a stick drawing of a soccer participant in comparison with DK Metcalf.
Sans analysis, I’d have been fairly skeptical if somebody informed me that Hot Rod was solely 3 inches shorter than DK (6’1” vs. 6’4”) and I’d have by no means believed that DK solely had 40 kilos on him (PFR says DK is 229 and Hot Rod is 191).
Honestly, even understanding that, I wish to name bullshit. There is simply NO WAY. I’d really discover it simpler to imagine that DK’s left + proper biceps weigh as a lot as Hot Rod’s complete physique. Hell, the gaps in DK’s 6-pack abs may most likely swallow Hot Rod entire.
Seriously – DK is HUGE; he’s a Greek God within the physique of a mortal. Hot Rod, by comparability, is a mortal.
Joking apart, right here is the place it comes full circle.
I noticed that tweet final 12 months and chuckled. I filed it away as an amusing commentary on the character of sports activities. I even bookmarked it.
And then I forgot about it.
So a lot in order that I didn’t even give it some thought when the schedule got here out and I noticed that Seattle was opening the season in Indianapolis. I didn’t give it some thought through the week main as much as the sport. I didn’t give it some thought throughout my pregame rituals. I didn’t give it some thought through the recreation – not even when Blankenship was on the sphere. And till Monday evening, I nonetheless hadn’t considered it.
Then this got here throughout my desk:
Evidently, the themes of that November tweet noticed it too.
And they clearly discovered it amusing. At least amusing sufficient to recreate it for an precise picture that gives some perspective on their purported variations.
You gotta love sports activities!
DK, stylish as ever, responded and wished Hot Rod luck on the remaining of the season.