After the last game, Dan Bailey became the first NFL kicker to miss every kick in a game since 1961. While he missed many opportunities, he’s also not the first of the Vikings kickers to disappoint coach Mike Zimmer in his seven seasons with the team. He expressed his disappointment after Tampa Bay won the match with a score of 26-14 and defended Bailey, but he also admitted that the team should decide whether to choose their fifth kicker for the past seven years.
Blair Walsh Was the First of the Failed Kickers for the Vikings Back In 2015
Blair Walsh went off the rails in 2015, ending the year with the infamous 27-yard miss in the game with the Seahawks. The Vikings lost that NFC playoff but supported Walsh regardless. That was until he missed eight kicks in nine games and then released in November 2016. Kai Forbath then replaced Walsh and made 21 straight field goals. His streak extended into the 2017 season, but general manager Rick Spielman drafted Daniel Carlson in 2018.
Daniel Carlson Also Managed to Miss Three Field Goals In a Single Game
Missing three field goals in a game got Carlson jettisoned from the organization after just two games. He missed those field goals in a 29-29 tie, and Spielman cut Carlson the next day. Dan Bailey, a contender who was waiting to sign with a new team, was chosen to replace him. Since then, Carlson has moved in with the Raiders and is having his best season with 24 of 26 field goals and a 92.3% rate.
Before his last unfortunate game, Dan Bailey had managed to make the best stretch for any of the Vikings kickers under coach Zimmer. He went 35 straight games without missing a single back-to-back field goal attempt. Despite having some recent performance issues, he managed to rebound in a game against Jacksonville and made field goals from 23 and 48 yards during the fourth quarter and overtime. However, he did hit bottom in Tampa Bay with his three misses, which will almost certainly be the worst in his career. Whether the Vikings decide to replace Bailey or not remains to be seen.
Conor McGregor Quarreled With Dustin Poirier Over a $500K Donation
The UFC lightweight fighters Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor exchanged blows on social media. There are just three months left until July 10, when their scheduled trilogy at UFC 264 is about to take place. In fact, the very reason for the back-and-forth was what brought the fighters together at the beginning of the year: a donation to Poirier’s charity from his opponent – McGregor himself.
Conor McGregor Wanted to Donate Half a Million to Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation
Just before UFC 257, Conor McGregor said he would like to donate some $500,000 to Poirier’s charity. He wanted to donate the money for the construction of a gym for disadvantaged youth in Lafayette, Louisiana – the hometown of Poirier. Recently, Poirier accused McGregor of neglecting his promise. Apparently, he was ignoring any attempts to be reached by Poirier’s charity after the fight, which Poirier won with a second-round TKO.
Poirier said on social media that Conor McGregor’s prediction for a knockout turned out to be a fun one, referencing the way the fight ended. Then, Poirier added that McGregor had also predicted a donation to his foundation, but he and his team had stopped responding after the fight. So far, McGregor has been praised for his philanthropic efforts in Ireland, so he quickly wrote a response to Poirier. Apparently, the Irish fighter had not made a donation yet because he was waiting to receive details on how the money would be spent.
Conor McGregor Wants to Know Where His Donation Money Will Go
The superstar added that he promised a donation and not a debt, adding that he has been awaiting the plans for the money but had not received them yet. He pointed out that he does that with all his donations and likes to know where the cash is going, dot for dot. McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, further clarified that the donation would still be made.
McGregor did not end things there though. He first threatened that the third match between him and Poirier would not happen, only to state that Poirier would pay for his comments physically, just a few minutes later.