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Question: Pick the CFL's six greatest non-specialty punters or kickers of all-time!
Jack Abendschan
Tommy Joe Coffey
Lionel Conacher
George Fleming
Alan Ford
Cam Fraser
Wayne Giardino
Chester 'Cookie' Gilchrist
Jack Hill
Ted Hunt
Larry Isbell
Gerry James
Don Jonas
Vic Kristopaitis
Joe Krol
Garry Lefebvre
Dave Mann
Mike McTague
Jackie Parker
Moe Racine
Larry Robinson
Charlie Shepard
Hugh 'Bummer' Stirling
Annis Stukus
Don Sutherin
Jim Van Pelt
Sonny Wade
Hawley 'Huck' Welch
Joe Zuger
Other

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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2018, 09:41:22 PM »

I didn't see any of the punters whose careers ended before 1970 but the Ulmers, the Abendshans, the Fords etc were good athletes.  Their punting was great in their day.  As has been mentioned, they were well capable of sending the ball great distances.  Having specialists in that position has allowed for much more variety in the craft.  I do not remember anyone from the list who could use the wind like Bob Cameron. Into a Winnipeg Stadium wind he was something else.  And anyone who has watched Medlock, especially in practice, has to be impressed at his directional control.  He has such a variety of techniques that allows him to produce punts for different positions on the field.  I do not remember any of the people on the list even trying to do half the things we see today.  That is not meant to be a put-down for the punters of the past.  The game evolves and I would not put a big lot of cash on any of today's punters making a success of playing offensive line, quarterback or DB as "the old guys" did!

There are a bunch that finished playing before the 1970's.

Bomber, Charlie Shepard played until 1962. 521 punts. All around player: RB, receiver, returner and punter. FOGBOWL 1962.
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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2018, 10:26:55 PM »

Yes but I can't get the 1965 Grey Cup game out of my mind with those negative punts into the wind.

Yes I recall the commentators saying Ulmer was kicking them 90 yards WITH the wind in pregame warmups. As a kid my jaw dropped and never forgot that.  You can see why it is known as the Wind Bowl. Maybe it was won on the coin toss? Hard to say, I've not seen it since.
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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2018, 10:31:30 PM »

There are a bunch that finished playing before the 1970's.

Bomber, Charlie Shepard played until 1962. 521 punts. All around player: RB, receiver, returner and punter. FOGBOWL 1962.
Sorry, I expressed myself poorly.  I meant that I was not here to see them play, not that there were none on the list.
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2018, 01:05:57 AM »

Sorry, I expressed myself poorly.  I meant that I was not here to see them play, not that there were none on the list.

No problem but you missed some great players before you're time. Two way players that often did just about everything at one point or another. 32 man rosters meant you had to be versatile in those days.
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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2018, 03:27:03 PM »

Ryan Lankford 🙂

Had Ryan Lankford dressed and was actually called upon for any kicking duties during the Playoffs this year, I would have included his name.

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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2018, 05:45:59 PM »

Looking at the voting there must be some posters that got to see lots of the golden oldies from the 60's and early 70's. 4 Bomber greats have lots of votes.
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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2018, 06:20:00 PM »

I wouldn't have voted for him but good old Wally Buono was linebacker, punter and all round swiss army knife for Mtl in the 70's. Solid but not a star.

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« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2018, 06:58:42 PM »

I wouldn't have voted for him but good old Wally Buono was linebacker, punter and all round swiss army knife for Mtl in the 70's. Solid but not a star.



? So he didn't always have white hair?  Huh
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2018, 07:07:06 PM »

? So he didn't always have white hair?  Huh

He dyed it back then
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2018, 07:22:54 PM »

Wally decided to go platinum blond decades ago.

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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2018, 07:59:26 PM »

For the most part, if you're under 50, you would have only heard of these guys through stories or Wikipedia.
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« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2018, 02:38:09 PM »

After studying the CFL stats book, I voted for:

Tommy Joe Coffey
Cam Fraser
Dave Mann
Hugh 'Bummer' Stirling
Don Sutherin
Joe Zuger

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« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2018, 01:43:58 PM »

Looking at the voting there must be some posters that got to see lots of the golden oldies from the 60's and early 70's. 4 Bomber greats have lots of votes.

There does seem to have been a disproportionate amount of voting for Blue Bombers so far. Here are the leading vote getters to this point:

Charlie Shepard 11
Gerry James 9
Jack Abendschan 8
Tommy Joe Coffey 8
Jackie Parker 8
Joe Zuger 8
Jim Van Pelt 6
Don Jonas 5
Annis Stukus 5

 Undecided
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