OK, I’m embarrasingly late coming to this nugget, but here’s some great vid of Houston Texas long snapper Bryan Pittman showing his ball-hiking chops on KRIV Houston. The long snapper is one of the great mysteries of the modern world: The guy is paid big bucks to throw a ball through his legs a few times a game as various 300-pound wrecking machines attempt to rip his head off. If he does his job well, you never even learn his name. If he fails, he’s a goat (Trey Junkin, anyone?).
Reported by Matt Sampsell, this clip sees Pittman long-snap chips and dip at the grocery store, nail a perfect swish from a basketball half-court, and send a ball through the window of a moving car.
I’m curious how many takes it took to nail these shots, but it still makes for entertaining viewing.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.