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So just how did all these foreign players end up kickers and punters in the NFL? Norwegian-born Jan Stenerud was one of the first players to bring their soccer-style kicking skills. He came to the US as a foreign student with no intention of playing football. In fact, he came on a ski jumping scholarship to Montana State University. One day in his junior year he was training and happened to see the football team practicing. He decided to try kicking a couple of extra points the way he saw other players - straight on with his toe. Then he decided to try like he knew from soccer - with the side of his foot. He spent nineteen years kicking this way for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. In 1991, he became the first pure kicker to be elected in to the NFL Hall of Fame, one of the most important accomplishments in American sports.
Some of you have noted that I've not posted on Amy Winehouse. I actually have, but on a separate blog I write on fashion, arts and sports immigration. In fact, it's part of a portal I have on my web site on the subject that is one of the most comprehensive sources of information on this topic anywhere, either online or in print.
This item from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency will likely run in hundreds of Jewish newspapers around the country over the next few days and will hopefully keep the pressure on CNN to deal with Dobbs' nightly nativist rantings.
When will CNN end this misery and send Mr. Dobbs packing?
Here's another link.
San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Rubin Navarette, Jr. writes about how the anti-immigration wing of the GOP has proven to be much weaker than anyone expected.