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Baskett avoids flak for botched onside kick

The public awareness of current Eagles and former Colts wide receiver Hank Baskett’s middling NFL career nearly caught up to that of his off-the-field life when Baskett let the third quarter-opening onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV bounce off his facemask, and into the arms of Saints safety Chris Reis.

Baskett was let go by Indianapolis after the season.  He says the botched play, which turned the tide in the game, has not affected him since.  
“What’s funny is I haven’t heard one thing about the onsides kick,” Baskett told Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.  “People know me, especially the people in Philadelphia, and they know me more for my special teams play than anything.  One play does not make a career and one play does not change a game.
“You make a big catch at the end of the game and score a touchdown and for the team that loses there is still a lot of things that could have happened in the other 60 minutes of the game.  Everyone that knows football knows that one play does not decide a game.  Anyway, I’ve learned you have to let stuff go in one ear and out the other.”
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58 Responses to “Baskett avoids flak for botched onside kick”
  1. robigd says: Jun 6, 2010 5:09 PM

    One play does not make a game?
    I am sure Manning would beg to differ.

  2. Kay Bee says: Jun 6, 2010 5:11 PM

    While it was a key play in the game, he’s hardly the blame for Indy losing that Super Bowl.

  3. GangGreenCominAtYa says: Jun 6, 2010 5:13 PM

    and that’s why this guy is still a free agent and probably stay one

  4. nfcbeast says: Jun 6, 2010 5:17 PM

    Hank you are as dumb as your wife……
    I’m pretty sure giving the ball right back to the team that just scored changes a game….

  5. wild_eagle says: Jun 6, 2010 5:19 PM

    Baskett sucks. Riley Cooper is going to be the 4th WR and most likely the 1st Guy in if djax And maclin go down.
    I’ve never seen a WR of basketts size who cannot box a CB out and catch a fade route.

  6. robert ethen says: Jun 6, 2010 5:20 PM

    Mental health institutions in the Indiana area were overwhelmed with what they referred to as “Baskett cases” following the Super Bowl.

  7. nfcbeast says: Jun 6, 2010 5:20 PM

    @ Ganggreen……..Hank is on the Eagles, dont know why or like it, but he is.

  8. raynman49 says: Jun 6, 2010 5:22 PM

    I thought the Eagles dumped him.

  9. joe says: Jun 6, 2010 5:24 PM

    @ GangGreenCominAtYa
    The Eagles signed him on March 12th dumbass

  10. robmart0906 says: Jun 6, 2010 5:25 PM

    oh this should make the PFT Most Commented..

  11. tonymontana45 says: Jun 6, 2010 5:27 PM

    Because he’s the one who threw the interception, right, I forgot that.

  12. Jax says: Jun 6, 2010 5:28 PM

    Hank sucks and fat Kendra needs to lose weight.

  13. vanhelsing says: Jun 6, 2010 5:30 PM

    he must have failed basket weaving 101 in college.
    he forgot to weave a bottom on his baskets.

  14. moolah954 says: Jun 6, 2010 5:32 PM

    his wife can ride da meat

  15. TFBuckFutter says: Jun 6, 2010 5:37 PM

    “robigd says:
    June 6, 2010 5:09 PM
    One play does not make a game?
    I am sure Manning would beg to differ.”
    I’m pretty sure Manning can ALWAYS identify someone other than himself who individually caused the team to lose.
    He’s been doing it his entire career.

  16. nfcbeast says: Jun 6, 2010 5:43 PM

    Baskett shouldnt even make the team, i’d rather have Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Cooper and another rookie. Prob Chad Hall.

  17. Meat Tuperello says: Jun 6, 2010 5:50 PM

    Yeah Manning might beg to differ. If Reggie Wayne runs the route properly, their isn’t an INT. So yeah Manning might beg to differ.
    Either way, Hank Basket sucks, and should have held on to the ball, and well the refs should have stuck with the original call.

  18. 4ever19 says: Jun 6, 2010 5:51 PM

    No one has said anything because Colts fans everywhere are still too stunned that an NFL wide receiver could not follow (and pick up) the bouncing ball.

  19. the_truth says: Jun 6, 2010 5:54 PM

    “One play does not make a career and one play does not change a game.”
    actually it can and you f***** it up.

  20. the_truth says: Jun 6, 2010 6:04 PM

    # joe says: June 6, 2010 5:24 PM
    @ GangGreenCominAtYa
    The Eagles signed him on March 12th dumbass”
    God I hate Eagle fans. The worst fans in the NFL, and I like the team and its history, but 95% of you are vile human beings.

  21. IndyColt45 says: Jun 6, 2010 6:16 PM

    Nobody’s said anything to him about him botching that kick? Someone get me his number. I’ve got some things to say to him.

  22. FireJerryJones says: Jun 6, 2010 6:41 PM

    They pay Peyton Manning a lot of cash to get them out of these situations.

  23. Nemesis says: Jun 6, 2010 6:54 PM

    What a scrub – that sort of lack of accountability is exactly the reason why this POS will never amount to anything.

  24. acoode says: Jun 6, 2010 7:07 PM

    @NFCBEAST
    He isnt as dumb as you think. He marries a fine ass sugar mama who gets rich from being hot because he knows it will help his football career. And when is average at best career is over he is still balling, and not working. Pretty smart if you ask me.

  25. raynman49 says: Jun 6, 2010 7:10 PM

    Hey Joe, Who cares? Eagles have made pretty dumb moves lately. As a Giant fan, thank you very much!

  26. Popeye says: Jun 6, 2010 7:18 PM

    if reggie wayne didnt let the td go through his hands, its a different outcome…..plus he ran the wrong route on the int….wayne is NOT a pessure player

  27. TFBuckFutter says: Jun 6, 2010 7:24 PM

    “Nemesis says:
    June 6, 2010 6:54 PM
    What a scrub – that sort of lack of accountability is exactly the reason why this POS will never amount to anything.”
    He’s banging a ridiculously hot blonde chick (albeit a goofily annoying one), and has made enough money between the NFL and television that, unless he screws up royally, he probably won’t ever have to work a real job a day in his life.
    I’d say he’s amounted to something. Not compared to the top wide receivers in the NFL, but definitely compared to 98% of the individuals in this country.

  28. Defx says: Jun 6, 2010 7:45 PM

    the_truth says: “God I hate Eagle fans. The worst fans in the NFL, and I like the team and its history, but 95% of you are vile human beings.”
    —————————————————
    Thank you for your valuable opinion. You must have performed a vast and time-consuming field study in order to come up with your statistics on Eagles fans. Clearly, you are a quality human being, because it takes a quality human being to log onto the internet and call a fanbase “the worst in the NFL” and “vile human beings.”

  29. Omega says: Jun 6, 2010 7:51 PM

    Yeah that holding call in the 1st quarter means nada, and the dropped pass in the second means squat, and the Big “I” in the third is, well it is a disappointment. But to screw up late in the game is to well, lose up the game.
    Moral of the story. Make your mistakes early. It may cost you the game. But in the end someone else will take the fall.

  30. ericmetcalf says: Jun 6, 2010 8:12 PM

    You are all pathetic. Get a life. My life was much better before the internet, I had no idea so many excruciatingly dumb and self-entitled opinions existed in the world.

  31. JJRS89 says: Jun 6, 2010 8:21 PM

    I saw part of that Kendra vid and by the looks of that humongous vajayjay, it’s safe to assume that he left his career in that thing

  32. Colts18 says: Jun 6, 2010 8:29 PM

    He forgets to mention that he admits that he had the ball in the scuffle, but a saints player told him to let up, and he DID. he let go of the ball in the pile up.
    You can say what you want, ive already seen the Kendra video. You aint got too much goin for ya, buddy. Good riddance, and have a good life back in philly.

  33. TFBuckFutter says: Jun 6, 2010 8:37 PM

    “JJRS89 says:
    June 6, 2010 8:21 PM
    I saw part of that Kendra vid and by the looks of that humongous vajayjay, it’s safe to assume that he left his career in that thing”
    Whenever someone makes a comment about the size of a woman’s “vajayjay” based on the size of her lips, and/or equating it with the amount of sexual partners she’s had….it is abundantly obvious that they have very very little sexual experience and are very confused about anatomy.

  34. nfcbeast says: Jun 6, 2010 8:50 PM

    As soon as he is no longer in the NFL they are getting divorced…you cant make a ho a housewife.

  35. phillyvsdaworld says: Jun 6, 2010 8:55 PM

    @the_truth
    say that to our face you dork. u sound like a cowboy fan living in l.a you homo

  36. east96street. says: Jun 6, 2010 8:55 PM

    TFBuckFutter says: “he probably won’t ever have to work a real job a day in his life.”
    Bankrupt before 2020. You read it here first. If you add his and his wife’s IQ together you wouldn’t make it to 60. UFL, followed by short lived reality show, followed by divorce, followed by not making child support payments, followed by some type of addiction, followed by bankruptcy, followed by a final fling with a reality show where he goes through detox, all ending with absolute obscurity and working menial jobs to eat. Giving money to people that stupid is like giving crack to Dez Bryant’s mom. It won’t last long and it will only cause trouble.

  37. phillyvsdaworld says: Jun 6, 2010 9:03 PM

    @Defx
    you need to post that on every eagles post. you took the words right outta my mouth bro!

  38. robert ethen says: Jun 6, 2010 9:04 PM

    Willie Mays was famous for his basket catch. Hank Baskett is famous for his “Please, if I may….?” catch.

  39. adammwilson77 says: Jun 6, 2010 9:20 PM

    you guys must have missed the part where he signed back with the Eagles.

  40. dafish says: Jun 6, 2010 9:35 PM

    What’s the point of giving him flak? There were still 29 minutes and 50 seconds left in the game. I don’t recall him throwing the interception.

  41. kpweaver27 says: Jun 6, 2010 10:52 PM

    One play doesn’t change a game? Even if he stinks, as a player he’s certainly watched football before right? That drive enabled the Saints to take the lead if I recall, whereas the Colts could have gone up more with their opening possession. Indianapolis outplayed the Saints in the first half, but were always playing from behind in the second half after that drive. Baskett wasn’t the only reason the Colts lost, but a main reason? Sure. Funny how he says one special teams play doesn’t change anything for him. Okay Hank. Keep dreaming.

  42. rayg says: Jun 6, 2010 11:34 PM

    Blaming the SB loss on Baskett is ridiculous. That’s something moronic Eagles fans would do. I thought Colts fans would be smarter than that. Guess not.

  43. efil4zaggin says: Jun 6, 2010 11:38 PM

    Hank and that skank wife of his cut a side deal on that tape, they’ll make millions off it in the long run. No wonder he doesn’t really care about botching an onside kick in the super bowl. He’ll be out of the league in 2 years, tops

  44. Ron says: Jun 7, 2010 12:41 AM

    # TFBuckFutter says: June 6, 2010 8:37 PM
    Whenever someone makes a comment about the size of a woman’s “vajayjay” based on the size of her lips, and/or equating it with the amount of sexual partners she’s had….it is abundantly obvious that they have very very little sexual experience and are very confused about anatomy.
    ————————————————————
    Great advice from someone with a user name
    TFBuckFutter
    CLASSIC

  45. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jun 7, 2010 12:59 AM

    rayg says:
    June 6, 2010 11:34 PM
    Blaming the SB loss on Baskett is ridiculous. That’s something moronic Eagles fans would do. I thought Colts fans would be smarter than that. Guess not.
    —————————————
    As a an Eagles fan…please explain?

  46. dladd08 says: Jun 7, 2010 2:04 AM

    eagles fans are the worst in the NFL. For example booing Santa, running a pro bowl QB outta town for a unproven question mark. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say if Kolb has maybe even 2 or 3 bad outings this year Vick will turn into the fan favorite.
    pls enjoy not making the playoffs on a consistent basis from now on…..one good thing about not making the playoffs I guess now there will be no choking…

  47. trademcscab says: Jun 7, 2010 2:25 AM

    every comment on here is equally as dumb as the last….the more i read the dumber i feel i hate you all and the eagles are gonna be good enough to win the east this year…..kolb=aaron rodgers…..so take that one deep giants fans and love it long time

  48. tv says: Jun 7, 2010 7:40 AM

    That one place sure did change a game.

  49. coxypoo says: Jun 7, 2010 7:43 AM

    I would have to say that Indy lost cause Manning gagged again. And go back n watch that kick, it took a tough hop. There is a reason why the defense plays too. If they had done their job it would have led to a punt.

  50. Birdbrainsnj says: Jun 7, 2010 8:27 AM

    @thetruth.
    Yeah. A nasty reply from an eagles fan equals vile scumbag and worst fans. Like I haven’t read one of those on here from a fan of every team in the NFL. Ridiculous.

  51. east96street. says: Jun 7, 2010 8:36 AM

    “so take that one deep giants fans and love it long time”
    Your comments hurt almost as much as all your Super Bowl wins. BTW – Nice job against Dallas, a team NY swept with half it’s starting defense on IR or hurt. We all saw what a powerhouse the Cowboys were when they played Minnesota. Can’t blame you guys for losing to such a legendary team THREE times. Seems like all your team did was take it deep and have been for over four decades now. Only one team in the NFC East without a single Super Bowl win and the other three have multiple wins. Yeah, after forty plus years, you Philly boys are pretty much pros at taking it really deep for a long time.

  52. Diesteelersdie says: Jun 7, 2010 9:03 AM

    I think Brett Favre would disagree for 1 play changing a game

  53. BENITO says: Jun 7, 2010 9:36 AM

    # TFBuckFutter says: June 6, 2010 8:37 PM
    Whenever someone makes a comment about the size of a woman’s “vajayjay” based on the size of her lips, and/or equating it with the amount of sexual partners she’s had….it is abundantly obvious that they have very very little sexual experience and are very confused about anatomy
    ————————————————–
    OH OH! somebody’s wife has huge roast beef lips!!!

  54. CapsLockKey says: Jun 7, 2010 10:53 AM

    “One play does not make a career and one play does not change a game.”
    Whatever. Go say that to Scott Norwood.

  55. BleedGreen99709 says: Jun 7, 2010 12:38 PM

    You guys all (mostly) have serious comprehension problems. He was saying there was 60 minutes of football to be played………..The Saints BEAT the Colts. With or w/o the onsides. Everyone tries to blame it on someone……..I would start w/ PEYTON!

  56. Mean and Nasty says: Jun 7, 2010 6:00 PM

    Burn in hell Hank!! Stay the F out of Indy if you know whts good for you.
    How much meat is Kendra takin these days?? 3 or 4 guys a day?? You suck at life Hank

  57. JP Ryan says: Jun 8, 2010 1:13 PM

    If he hasn’t heard anything about the play then he needs to remove his head from being firmly placed in his ass.

  58. newcaymanS says: Jun 10, 2010 6:41 PM

    Blame Reggie Wayne for cutting off his route.

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