Monday, January 16, 2006

Mike Vanderjagt gets a Taste of Karma this Weekend

Karma. It's a funny and fickle thing. Be careful what you say, or what you do because it has a funny way of haunting you. Mike Vanderjagt, who was a mediocre kicker in 2002 with below 75% accuracy, had a breakout year in 2003. He went a stellar 37 for 37 on the season, never missing a kick. The colts were an offensive juggernaut, much like today and were cruising through the playoffs. Well, cruising until they met the Jets and got smashed 41-0. Afterwards, Vanderjagt in true karma inflicting fashion made the following statement on Canadian TV;

"Some guys have it and some guys don't. All week before the Jets game I'm like, '[No.] 18, we're going to handle it, me and you we're going to win this game.' And he's like, 'Yeah, OK.' And I'm like, 'Peyton, show some enthusiasm. You're the quarterback and we need to win this game.' I just don't see it from him."

Basically he shouldered the entire loss on Peyton Manning, and to a lesser extent Tony Dungy for not showing enough emotion and thus causing the team to perform so poorly.

Now, fast forward to 2005. Vanderjagt is still a good kicker making 23-25 on the season, and the Colts are once again a juggernaut. After a 13-0 start and locking up homefield throughout the playoffs, the colts play preseason ball and rest their starts and cruise into the playoffs. Their first game is against the Steelers, and on the whole, the Colts play subpar offensive football leading to 21-3 deficit. Amazingly, they manage to get to 21-18 on some miraculous events involving Jerome Bettis fumbling the ball as the Steelers were running out the clock.

This set the stage for the Colts to have an incredible comeback, all they need is a straight on 46 yard field goal from Vanderjagt and they go into overtime with all the momentum. This should be easy for a guy who is so good he can call out the coach and quarterback. The kick was so far right that it nearly went off camera form the opposing endzone. He missed it by at least 25 yards to the right.

So, Mike, here is your lesson from Karma: When things go wrong, shut up and work on it in the clubhouse. Mouthing will always cause you to get yours.

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