04-18-2005, 08:30 AM
I wonder how many chef posters even know who he was. LOL
04-18-2005, 09:09 AM
I remember as a kid, hoping Billy Van Heusen would wrestle the punting title away from Guy or Wilson. I believe there was one year where he did or came real close.
The reporter said Wilson was known as "Duck" or "Thunderfoot".
He's wrong; "Thunderfoot" was Herman Weaver, who punted for the Lions and Seahawks. Weaver had a modest yard average, but Tiger Stadium was brutal to receive punts in. He would pound these sky high balls, and the Detroit swirl would make a mess of the ball.
Between 1970 and 1973, the Chiefs were on TV a ton, here in New York. The AFC West was a huge influence as we would get alot of televised games.
I am not sure many people remember this but TV market home games were blacked out, whether you sold out or not, until 1973. Imagine that today??
So we would get an AFC West team at 4PM ET, almost every Sunday, when I was a kid. The Broncos were 4th in the AFC West pecking order back then, but they were still on 5-6 times per year.
04-18-2005, 09:17 AM
yeah, I still think Billy vH was the best punter den ever had ... though there was gene mingo or somebody back in the striped sox days, before even my time.
I didn't know that on the nickname thing. But BillyvH wasn't much behind wilson, imo. I don't recally him punting much in Guy's era. BillyvH was also a decent pass catcher, but his knees were brittle.
My Dad stopped his seas tix when the blackouts ended. Those old games in Dec were simply brutal