Kirk Cousins likes throwing the ball to Kyle Rudolph
Given the extent to which former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins threw the ball to tight ends, his new tight ends in Minnesota should have his head on swivel.
Boy, he’s a friendly target, Cousins says. It’s like throwing into a mattress.
When Tech playfully offered him a membership card to the school’s Letterman Club 42 years after his run, he graciously accepted and said, Believe me, I’ve earned this. In a comment J.R. Smith might want to pay attention to, Riegels once said: You run the wrong way with a football in front of 60,000 people, and it’s pretty hard to lie your way out of it.
More importantly, whenever he saw another athlete suffer a similar fate in his lifetime, he immediately reached out. When the Vikings’ Jim Marshall famously did the same thing in 1964 (without a teammate to stop him from completing the safety himself) he received a telegram from Riegels that said, Welcome to the Club.
Coleman is headed into the final year of his contract and his first three seasons have set him up well for a second contract. Showing even more in an expanded role this season would only help on that front, although that contract may come somewhere other than Atlanta if he pushes his price tag too high for a continued partnership with Devonta Freeman.
For similar reason, Mike Richter’s breathtaking right pad save on Pavel Bure’s penalty shot in 1994 is disqualified from consideration as the greatest of all time. It happened in Game 4 with the Rangers up in the series 2-1, even if down by the same score in the second period. The series was neither won nor lost on that night.
No, by definition, the greatest saves in the history of the finals have come late in one-goal Game 7s, the ones that in fact do preserve championships. Here, then, is the Slap Shots ranking of the best saves in Stanley Cup history:
1. Ken Dryden on Jim Pappin, 1971. Canadiens were up on the Blackhawks 3-2 with 4:00 to play at Chicago Stadium when Dryden flashed his right pad to deny Pappin’s point-blank, left doorstep rebound of Keith Magnuson’s drive from the right. Habs won it 3-2 in a game in which Tony Esposito whiffed on Jacques Lemaire’s second-period shot from the neutral zone and took the Cup in perhaps the NHL’s most dramatic tournament ever — which featured Montreal’s stunning first-round upset of Boston and the Blackhawks’ seven-game semifinals victory over the Rangers. (Start the video below around the 3:50 mark to see the save.)