You’ve probably heard by now that Minnesota Vikings’ kicker Blair Walsh pulled the biggest boner of his career Sunday afternoon when he missed an easy 27-yard field goal attempt in the waning moments of the NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks, which ultimately cost his team the victory.
To be fair, there were certain mitigating circumstances. The temperature outside was six degrees below zero, which qualifies as the coldest game in Vikings’ history and the third coldest game in the history of the NFL. To make matters worse, it appeared as if the holder positioned the ball with the laces facing toward the place kicker, which also apparently isn’t optimal (I wouldn’t know, I’m not much of a football fan).
Regardless, Dallas Mavericks guard and noted Vikings fan Wesley Matthews wasn’t trying to hear excuses. Prior to their road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday afternoon, Matthews wasn’t shy about expressing his utter disbelief at what transpired earlier in the day, at one point during warmups bragging to his teammates that “I could’ve hit that,” in reference to the less-than 30-yard field goal Walsh had kicked successfully 33 out of 34 times in his career up to that point. And Matthews’ teammates were equally unreserved about giving him a hard time about it.