None of CFL.ca or any of the net/print media that cover the CFL ever post the tally of ongoing total points scored by an individual player anymore. Remember the days when the best kickers were usually at the top of the leader board with receivers, RB’s and QB’s finding their way into the top 20 respectively. I really enjoyed those stats. TSN’s live coverage of games is always a hit and miss with respect to posting time of possession among teams’ stats too. It’s another stat that I think is pertinent to the “fan” following their team(s) closely during the game for informative/enjoyment purposes.
The days when guys like Tommy Joe Coffey, receiver / place kicker, would be a lock as top scorer.
That too, but I remember the later 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s when they covered it too. Ozzie was always right up there in the “latter” halves of the last 2 decades mentioned. I remember Lui’s name always among the top point getters too. Was just a fun stat for the fans that I miss and something that was worth tracking too.
I remember Passaglia always up there.
I’m not opposed to it; I’ll check in about this with the stats people in the off-season. I’d have to imagine that kickers are the highest point scorers in the league?
They always used to be.
Dave Cutler must have been near the top. He sure kicked a hell of a lot of converts with that Warren Moon offence. ;D
From the CFL Stats, this is what I found:
8 kickers ahead of Speedy…
its one of those stats that’s there as a talking point but I don’t really get how relevant it is.
I sorta’ agree. Kickers should have their own list, but the point totals for non-kickers are very interesting, especially when you have players scoring different ways: rushing TDs, receiving TDs, kick return TDs, defence TDs and 2-point converts. Speedy scored in all but one of these categories!
Probably. Some other trivia about Dave Cutler:
- Total points: 2,237 in 16 seasons.
- Career field goal accuracy of 58.7%.
- Peaked in 1978 at 73.5% - his only season above 70%.-
- Missed 23 converts (out of 650 attempts) in his career, achieving 96.5% accuracy. From the 12 yard line.
- Pre-Moon, never kicked more than 38 converts in a season. Moon Years (1978-83), ranged from 42 to 64 per season.
- All-star in three different seasons, and member of CFHoF.
- Would not make it through any training camp in pro football today.
Conclusion: As surely as video killed the radio star, soccer-style kickers made the straight-ahead guys obsolete.
ExPat, you are a wealth of knowledge!
CFHOF: Our bad, Mr. Cutler. We’ll be sending you your metal bust via regular Canada Post.;D
I’m shocked to see that Cutler only had a 58.7% success rate on FGs.
You’re right, would probably be a training camp cut now-days.
I remember a game, back in the day, when EE’s regular punter (Gary Lefebvre?) was injured. Not having a back up punter, they lined up for a FG on 3rd down (even in their own end) not with the expectation that he would kick an 80 yarder, but knowing he could kick the ball at least as far as a punter could. IIRC the opposing head coach was confused that he didn’t get the ball at the EE line of scrimmage, even though (on that return) it did not go for a rouge. Back in those days the guys covering punts and place kicks for the kicking team were usually the same “usual suspects” so unlike today where it is much easier to spring a missed FG return for a TD, back then there was not much of a difference.
Please bear in mind this is a recollection from a really old guy, who’s noggin may or may not be what it used to be.
If I recall correctly Cutler used to toe bash it and wore two different cleats. The left one was to grip the turf and the right one had it’s toe tied back.
Kickers were definitaly a different breed back then. I still loved Bernie Ruoff with the John Lennon glasses under the helmet. ;D
As for the original question, I remember seeing the scoring totals in the back of the sports section of the Spectator. Looking back, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to intermingle TDs with kicking stats. I assume editors included it because it was roughly equivalent to what they would have done for other sports like hockey, where they would publish goals and assists.
I also remember waiting eagerly for the more complete stats package with yardage totals and everything else, which would be published once per week (I’m thinking Thursdays?)
Now, of course, those figures are often updated on the website within minutes of the end of each game.
Except for total scoring. And total yardage (offence plus returns) which used to be shown at times, I believe, even in the internet era.
Used to get 10 page stat pack from league office mailed to my house. 12 bucks a year me thinks.
Printed pages stapled together via snail mail.
Sad, ironic laughter.
Totally forgot he did that
Thanks for posting this. Totally forgot the shoelace bit.