Chucky : The Clean Sheet Spoiler. Rated NC-17. From the Associated Press :
According to Steelers research, Bucs kicker Matt Bryant’s 27-yard field goal that concluded Pittsburgh’s 20-3 victory Sunday was the first such game-ending kick to break up an NFL shutout in 73 years.
The Steelers franchise also was involved in the previous such game.
During Pittsburgh’s first NFL season in 1933, Pirates kicker Christian “Mose” Kelsch kicked a 21-yard field goal on the final play to secure a 3-3 tie with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The Steelers were known as the Pirates until 1940.
Bucs coach Jon Gruden said he kicked the meaningless field goal so rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who grew up in Pittsburgh, would come away with something positive from his first NFL game there.
Under normal circumstances, I’d be loathe to credit Ben Maller for anything other than the lack of evidence he’s buried 38 people in and around his neighborhood. Today, however it is worth nothing that Maller’s website reported that Jim Mora Sr. was leaving Fox Sports Radio last Friday. (Maller works at FSR and his site is part of Fox Sports.com) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, failing to acknowledge Maller’s scoop repeated the same story earlier today, and predictably, the AP, ESPN.com and others have picked it up.