Monday, March 4, 2013

Fellow female kicker slams Lauren Silberman's tryout effort, says 'she was terrible'

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Lauren Silberman became the first female participant to compete in an NFL regional scouting combine on Sunday. Unfortunately, her tryout was both short and underwhelming.

Silberman, who was one of 38 kickers to take part in the combine at the New York Jets' facility, kicked only twice. Both attempts were kickoffs and only one actually crossed the midfield line. In fact, her two kicks combined to travel a total of just 30 yards.

She called it quits early after claiming she aggravated a quad injury she suffered during practice the week before.

Katie Hnida, the first woman to score a point in a Division I football game, believes Silberman's showing may have actually done more bad than good in regards to other females hoping to pursue the sport.

"Her performance does not have to do with her gender. It has to do with her experience and her preparation," Hnida, a former kicker for Colorado and New Mexico, told USA TODAY Sports by phone. "Unfortunately, what's going to happen now is she's going to be looked at (as inferior) because she was female.

"But she was terrible."

Video of one of Silberman's kicks can be seen at the end of this post.

Hnida is currently recovering from a blood clot that has put her Arena League career on hold.

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Aside from the fact that Silberman didn't kick too well, Hnida also slammed her for other reasons. Silberman couldn't figure out how to stand the ball on the tee without it falling, she lined up six yards behind the ball instead of the standard approach of 10 or more yards, and Hnida also noted that Silberman's technique was "terrible."

Three kickers who tried out along with Silberman said she asked them how to approach the ball on the kick.

Silberman didn't take any warm-up kicks before the tryout, citing the fact that she was nursing an injury. Hnida doesn't buy her claim.

"I also find it curious she didn't warm up. You never go in kicking cold," Hnida said. "There's a reason why the kickers are the first people out there. It takes us a while to warm up."

Some now fear that females may have an even harder path to receive a fair shake on the football field, including Hnida.

"It is disappointing," Hnida said. "I hoped she would go out and do justice for an NFL tryout, because there are lots of people who have dreamed of going to the NFL. It should be something serious."

Silberman played soccer at the University of Wisconsin before attending MIT for her Master's degree. It was there at MIT in which she wrote a thesis about how video games help athletes enhance their own performance. She then took her thesis one step further when she founded a consulting company that helps athletes use video games to train.

Although her performance on Sunday was less than stellar, at least she had the courage to put herself out there.

Via USA TODAY

74 comments:

  1. stick to video games....PLEASE!!!!!!

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    1. That was absolutely terrible! She should be embarrassed and ashamed of herself. Just pitiful.

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  2. OMG, that kick was pathetic. Was this a practical joke? If so, who was it on, us or the kicker herself?

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  3. before all this happened, nobody knew who she was. Now we do. It was nothing more than that. She obviously didn't know what she was doing. She was just trying to get her pretty face out there.

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  4. The courage to put herself out there?C'mon the woman was deluded.Ten million people of both genders would have jumped at the chance to try out and 98% of them would have done better than Silberman.But she did get her 15 seconds of fame.

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    1. Was it 15 seconds or 15 yards?

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  5. whoever let her get into the tryouts probably brought her with him from the bar last night as just some chick he met

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  6. If your name was Silberman, you'd get your 15 seconds of media fame too !

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    1. I know what you saying, and so does everyone else. You're kinda not wrong either.

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  7. I'm a woman and even I'M ashamed of that pathetic attempt at a kick. Oh dear Jesus, go back to the kitchen and leave the kicking to the big boys, sweetie.

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    1. how about you go back to the kitchen since no one cares about your stupid opinion.

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    2. Wrong. I care. And, I agree. At least Playboy or Hustler will now pay her to disrobe. What a joke.

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    3. this girl is right that was realy just a pathetic attempt of a kick shouldnt of ever even tried.

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  8. I wonder if she is related to Gene Wilder? Since his real last name is Silberman.

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  9. She used an alias, her real name is Georgette Plimpton.

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  10. She just set women back 20 years!!! Thanks for nothing you DA!! And I am a women!!

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    1. You're a women? Like, all of them in the entire world? Wow, that's impressive.

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    2. and you are continuing to set women back by bashing one. get a life.

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  11. That was one sorry ass kick!!!

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  12. that was a good onside kick

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  13. No way she would ever had kicked a game winning field goal on her period!

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  14. Hopefully it's over and we can make room for the qualified participants.

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  15. Someone kindly explain why a woman wants to join a team sports that is 100% male? Where will she dress? Will teams have to buid two locker rooms? Where will team meetings be held? America has to stop this slide into LUNACY. Women should take a hint. God made them male and female. If you can't figure out your gender, call your mother. That is all.

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    1. you're just another ignorant american. god doesn't exist and even if IT did, it didn't create gender roles. besides, your existential argument provides no evidence to back your sexist opinion. You're a masochist, you should call your mother. Better yet, call a therapist.

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    2. save the trees

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    3. you know it is 2013 not 1913 right?? it sounds to me like you're living in the wrong century. I'm a Veteran, I was in the Navy and during my time in the military I witnessed the integration of women into combat roles that they were previously prohibited from serving in. believe me when I tell you that I knew women during my time in the Navy that I would trust to do a job more than any man I ever met, they were just as capable of doing any job as a man. we had some of the same issues as you mentioned in your post and guess what? they worked them out and the transition went pretty smooth for the most part. when I got out in 2006 the only duty women could not serve, in the Navy anyway, was on submarines, which I've heard since I got out they've been experimenting with that. I believe male or female, if you are going to try something you need to first be good at it, next you need to be prepared to try it. Women are just as capable if not more in some cases to do any job men can do ...

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    4. I think the first person to reply to you meant 'misogynist', not 'masochist'. Regardless, IT is incorrect. Biological differences between the sexes exist throughout nature. They are the rule, not the exception. Revisionist biology is not a science - rather, it is the willful ignorance of empirical evidence. Go back to school.

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    5. I am also a Navy vet, and think they don't belong in the seals,or the NFL unless they can make it on merits. And no lowering the physical standards like they do for cops and firefighters.She was a joke. hard to know if she was a libber trying to break ground. Or put up to it by a chauvinist wanting to prove his point.

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    6. save the bs.. no woman belongs in a combat role. im tired of people and all this equal rights bs. women have their place and men have theirs. stop all the b.s please. next we will be talking about men having babies or defining marriage that includes the right to marry your pet. really? wait until the first woman gets taken hostage by the enemy. next we will be saying why? yea equal rights. women are not as strong as men get over it. I serve in the marines and never saw one wm do more than 3 pull ups and in the police academy not one woman could do a pull up. please stop trying to change things because it sounds good

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  16. My wife could do that...

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  17. IT WAS A PURE PUBLICITY STUNT. SHAME ON THE MEDIA FOR EVER HYPING THE "FIRST FEMALE" TO TRYOUT FOR AN NFL TEAM.

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    1. Correct. This isn't a debate over theology or faith, however. It;s about the inherent biological differences between males and females. Does anyone argue that women have a lower center of gravity than men? Of course not. Its' a biological fact. Are there rare instances where a particular man has a low center of gravity, but that doesn't overturn the rule. In this era of political correctness (or political incorrectness, depending on one's perspective, if a woman was capable of consistently nailing 40+ yard FGs, she would be on a roster, Even Katie Hnida, who kicks for the Arena Football League, is unable to perform to the standards that the NFL requires (although I'n sure her reasoning would be different fro mine).

      Every organization in the League has one objective - to win and make their franchise more valuable on the market. If a kicker can do the job up to NFL standards, the gender of that kicker would be secondary to their performance, Why is it that every time a woman, or any minority for that matter, fails to do the job men get lectured on what year it is (along with being called bigots, sexists, troglodytes, and worse)?

      Bottom line - Silberman failed, and did so miserably. She was unprepared and, if the comments of witnesses are to be believed, she was unaware of even the most basic rudiments of kicking off. Blaming others for her shoddy performance is unfair to everyone, including Silberman. It certainly doesn't give credibility to the original issue - whether or not women belong in the NFL.

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  19. It is a shame hearing all of these lame a*s comments in 2013. What would you tell your daughters if they wanted to try out for a kicker in the NFL? Any female trying out for kicker its not going to kill the game. She could have kicked better but at she tried and I hope that we don't stop see NFL giving women an opportunity show us again. Men grow up, we have women doctors, lawyers, engineers, nascar drivers and pilots. Women are tougher than most men. If any man could carry and give birth to baby for 9 months. Men could not do it. So we need to stop comparing men to women. I know a lot of sorry men today than I do women. So give her a break.

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    1. What nonsense. Women are not tougher than men. This is not the 1970's and that kind of feminist rhetoric is just a joke.

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    2. And what does being a doctor have to do with bone structure, size and density as it pertains to the way males and females are structured? I for one would never want to see my daughter getting run over for a living by 6'04 300lb guys just cause she has a piece of leather, this is ridiculous to equate NFL football with being a doctor or lawyer. A person can be seriously hurt messing around on a field with NFL athletes who does not belong there, and we need to quite lying to ourselves to be politically correct....women's bodies ARE NOT made to handle NFL football period. It bothers me that we are willing to start letting our sisters, mothers and daughters be killed in the numbers we see our men in war and break up their bodies in the name of equality. It's almost like men are finding a scape goat throwing our women out to the wolves just so we don't have to or get some sick enjoyment out of watching, and what's sadder is the women take this attitude of progress. Women don't "belong in the kitchen" but come on lets stop this spiral societal madness in the name of "I am woman hear me roar". My wife makes more money than me and I cater to her and she doesn't feel the need to let 300lb men run her over or try to get as close to a war zone as possible to prove she's a woman and can do anything, we need to re-evaluate how we treat our women in this country

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    3. lol,i remember this woman who drove a truck back in the 70's,she was 6' 2" about 240 lbs and I do think she could of given any man all they could handle in a fight. this woman kicker ,just was not ready and she failed herself.we had nothing to do with it and it was not for us,it was for herself.

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    5. Talk about generalizations - "Women are tougher than most men"? Please provide research showing that to be true. And, as to men carrying a fetus to term and giving birth, your contention is that "Men could not do it". Again, please provide documentation proving that. Finally, after pointing out all these things that women are allegedly superior to men at, you state that..."we need to stop comparing men to women". This, after you spent the better part of a paragraph doing just that. Your point (such that it is) and your credibility are suspect, at best.

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  20. She did it because in the interviews she had when she said she was going to do it were mentioning her company. Her objective was to push her video to nfl playersand people who want to play.

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  21. If she truly injured her quad, being a soccer player she could have kicked with the other leg.

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    1. That's what I was thinking..

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  22. ahhhh, the carry a baby for nine months and give birth argument. Can never go wrong there, right? If she gave birth to the football it probably would have come out and gone further than the kicks.

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    1. Woo Hoo, that was awesome!

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    2. to settle the argument which hurts more a kick in the testicles, or giving birth. often after giving birth a year later the women will say honey, maybe we should have another baby. I never heard a guy say, gee, maybe I'd like another kick in the testicles.

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  23. I thought it might be possible for a female to be a good kicker. Not now, though. I don't know what that girl thought she was doing, but she totally ruined any future chance for a girl to try out for the easiest job on a football team.

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  24. Some poor schmuck that just made 18 of 20 kicks this year is sitting at home saying what da f^*# is that piece o s-#*?

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  25. hey everyone you need leave her alone she tried her hardiest

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  26. Tried her hardest... showed great courage... what B S is this..
    It was a waste of so many peoples time. She didn't help the cause of a female with a strong leg who might want to try-out in the future. Any 60 yr old male former athlete who has never played football or soccer could kick further. If she was hurt(and it seems she was)she should of excused herself until a future regional tryout. She was a club soccer player at Wisconsin..not on the Wisconsin womans soccer team. Her father though being PROUD of his daughter should of shared some common sense with her rather then build up the B S! As far as men giving birth...blah blah blah, it has been said so many times it has no meaning anymore. Have a great day!

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    1. I don't get the "she was set-up to fail" line of thought...she failed on HER own in so many ways it is beyond reason. I am through thinking about this crap!

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    2. God made woman from a man's rib. No where does it say there were any brain cells in that rib. Women can do some things better than men, like giving birth. Get back to raising our kids, we men can't do it all.

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    3. please, giving birth is not a skill, nature saw fit to equipt women to have babies, if nature wanted men to have them they would. It's such a non argument.

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  27. lol thats the only female i would concider letting her kick me in the groin!!!

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    1. Now that is funny...It could not possibly hurt too much..LOL

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  28. she did it to start controversy. When nobody protested- they called her bluff. She had no intention on making an NFL team.

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  29. she failed herself,was not ready, she was in fact bad.

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  30. As a kicker that was tough to watch. What credential did she bring to even get on the field? Anyone answer that please?

    Kicking is about timing and leg strength more than it is about gender.

    It would not surprise me to see a female kicker someday.

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  31. She was a tremendous success and accomplished her goal -- TO PROMOTE HER VIDEO TRAINING BUSINESS.

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  32. An all-around embarrassment...invitation requirements will change because of this incident and whoever she convinced to allow her to try out should be equally embarrassed...if this was some carefully orchestrated attempt at self-promotion, Silberman made herself look like little more than a total fool...I could recruit a 10-year old from any random Pop-Warner team that would have fared better than her...stick to your video game business in the future...

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  33. She should be proud of herself; she actually made contact with the ball on her first try. And, judging by that effort, I'm pretty sure that was her FIRST try. Ever. Looks like the regional combine itself is the butt of this joke.

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  34. my 11 year old daughter could do better ..NO JOKING

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  35. She had a video on ESPN kicking field goals, she wasn't bad, this was a horrible tryout.

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  36. and after all that the Jets will probably sign her

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  37. How many men here would kick a perfect fg? lol she pulled her hamstring, she doesn't suck. It;s like Lolo Jones, she just got hurt when she had all the attention on her...

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    1. How many men 'here' got out there and embarrassed themselves? It's so easy to paint with a broad brush when defending someone who didn't belong on the field. The men 'here' realized their limitations and refrained from making an ass of themselves. Silberman should have done the same...

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  38. This episode reeks of an NFL PSA to show how inclusive the League is. Silberman was the sacrificial lamb for this debacle. I pity her, but not for her pathetic performance. It's more because she didn't understand the magnification of the microscope she was under. As far as taking the field, I have no sympathy for her. She willingly allowed herself to be used. I hope she gets compensated accordingly.

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  39. She should have hired Lucy to hold the ball.

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  40. 1. She was nervous & on her period
    2. she forgot her wheaties
    3. her contacts fell out
    4. she's use to kicking in high heels between to stripper poles 5. the lighting on the film was bad
    6. she kept getting strong wind gusts pushing against the ball 7. people were talking
    8. she forgot to pray, the ball had cement in it instead of air 9. she was distracted by the quarterback
    10. the coach yelled at her =(
    11.She's dating the kicker & didnt want to embarass him by out-kicking him
    12. she only kicks good from 1:00-1:02 PM
    13. The laces were "in" (Finkel & Einhorn)
    14. Charlie Brown was her mentor
    15. her shoes weren't couture
    16. The grass moved
    17. There were small earthquakes happeneing that only she felt
    18. She forgot to shoot-up before the try-out
    19. she only kicks in real games when the pressure is on
    20. She blew it on purpose because she really wanted to be a cheerleader #shesalady

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    1. 4. she's use to kicking in high heels between "two" stripper poles

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  41. fact: for every woman who can kick a football "okay for being a girl" there are thousands of men who can do it better. Including regular couch potato guys, ex athletes (in any sport),guys off of the street etc... And this isnt even including the men who do it for a living and are trying to get in the nfl. It will never happen because of physics and if it does, it's because of media attention and possible revenue for the team to have an anomoly out there.

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  42. I am all for equality, I would enjoy watching Tyson box any woman alive, bare knuckle boxing is what separates the girls from the boys. I would have loved to watch Dave Dalby mow down an Amazon woman! But we were not equal then.

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