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The Dolphins don’t do much right.  One thing they’re doing right is encouraging melanoma screenings.

Inspired by the fact that the disease claimed the life of CFO Mark Brockelman’s wife, Jan, in 2010, the Dolphins will have a screening before Sunday’s game against the Raiders.  The first 100 to be checked will receive a pair of free tickets to the October 14 game against the Rams.

But here’s where it gets a little weird.  Of those who showed up in June for a melanoma screening, three of them will try to win $10,000 by attempting a field goal at halftime of Sunday’s game.

A 60-yard field goal.

Sixty yards.


Why even bother?  Plenty of NFL kickers would miss a one-time try from that far out, even without a defense trying to block it.  How many folks from the average population will even come close?

Hinging the prize on a 60-yard field goal means that they don’t want to give away the prize.  And watching a trio of attempts that won’t even make it to the end zone (or possibly to the red zone) will do nothing to add to the in-stadium experience for those who choose to show up for the game.

UPDATE 3:59 p.m. ET:  In response to criticism, the Dolphins wisely have moved the attempt 20 yards closer.

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45 Responses to “Dolphins plan impossible halftime contest”
  1. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 14, 2012 2:16 PM

    Does that $10,000 include a contract?

  2. dryheaveone says: Sep 14, 2012 2:17 PM

    surprised they aren’t trying to make them balance a tray of beers on their head at the same time (just to be safe)

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 14, 2012 2:18 PM

    This will prove my theory that kickers and Punters are worth too much. When three regular joes do this task with ease. I’d fly down there myself too do it but I don’t wanna waste my time at a Dolphins game.

  4. bigblue4x says: Sep 14, 2012 2:20 PM

    All I can think of is the movie Semi-Pro!

  5. rodeoclownclint24 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:21 PM

    another reason the dolphins are a freaking joke of an organization

  6. stubbyjones says: Sep 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    Typical Dolphins…

  7. ironhawk says: Sep 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    The prize should be a NFL contract as a kicker.

  8. dirtyvu says: Sep 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    maybe they’re screening for a kicker…

  9. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    That is crazy! But it IS the Dolphins I suppose.

    Based on observation of halftime events over the last 10 years, they could make it a 20 yard field goal attempt and most people would still miss.

    But hey at least they are having the screenings.

  10. markbul says: Sep 14, 2012 2:26 PM

    Don’t get your panties in a bunch. This is like buying a lottery ticket – it’s not supposed to be a sure thing. Basketball teams hold half-court shot contests all the time. How often does anyone hit the shot? If they wanted to just give the money away, they could put ticket numbers in a hat. That’s not what they’re doing.

  11. iced107 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    Dolphins way of finding a kicker and saving money

  12. EJ says: Sep 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    Maybe they had a typo, I think it was supposed to say 6 yards instead.

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    Let the boos rain down at that event.

    Ross, why don’t you just give up..

  14. ReinaLee says: Sep 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    A 60 yard field goal??? Maybe for their next game they can give 3 lucky fans an opportunity to attempt an end zone to end zone toss…

    What a group of clowns down there in Miami

  15. truthfactory says: Sep 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    Watching a fan trying to kick a 60 yard field goal will be funny… I got $20 that says one of their shoes will fly off and go further than the ball…

  16. ampats says: Sep 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    With the current state of the Dolphins roster, it might be a better use of halftime to have tryouts and the winner gets to play in the 2nd half of the game.

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 14, 2012 2:32 PM

    This week the Dolphins are honoring the ’72 team with a free hat, and they’re honoring the Tony Sparano Era with missed 60 yard FG attempts.

    Makes perfect sense.

  18. boltfansmith says: Sep 14, 2012 2:34 PM


  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 14, 2012 2:34 PM

    What a joke!! The prize for 60 yards should be $100,000 or it should be 40 yards…The management is embarrassing the organization on this one….

  20. benacci says: Sep 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    Is Masthey going to hold the ball, and is there a 2 string TE around?

  21. ike1973 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:36 PM

    Wow. Up here in Canada we have the ‘Wendy’s kick for a million contest’ where you can win a cool mill for kicking a 50 yarder.

    Dolphins are cheap!

  22. techstar25 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:37 PM

    Did you know that you have a 1-in-4000 chance of contracting melanoma in your lifetime? In a nod to that statistic, they give you a field goal try with about the same odds.

  23. amanistumor says: Sep 14, 2012 2:39 PM

    To add to that.. kickers like Janokowski & Akers have hit from 70+ out in warmups… again, with no opposition.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 14, 2012 2:39 PM

    I’m going to severely disagree that many NFL kickers couldn’t make it without a defense trying to block it. I think you are grossly exaggerating that or just not aware of how strong these kickers are.

    I wonder if maybe they will also give them a tee to kickoff with, they aren’t going to use a traditional holder so that makes it WAY more probable.

    That being said, the prize amount seems awfully low and the odds that the people picked are possible candidates to kick the ball that far tee or no tee seems curious. Maybe they screened them as strong athletic males that have a sports background i dunno.

    Either way I don’t like the idea of having contests or gambling for deciding who gets the charity. And then singling out individuals to get the prizes while the other 2 get shafted for coming out and many more probably didn’t get a fair chance to apply or compete for the chance etc. This is just a sad thing. Maybe the team could at least surprise everybody by saying they are going to give them the prizes anyhow after they all miss it.

  25. vikesorgtfo says: Sep 14, 2012 2:41 PM

    Well, if someone does happen to make it, they’ll probably be getting a call from an NFL GM shortly after for a workout.

  26. itsmammoth says: Sep 14, 2012 2:46 PM

    I got this.

  27. miriam45 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:46 PM

    Just plain stupid…….

  28. randallflagg52 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    The dolphins can’t even plan a promotional contest right, and the NFL expects them to field a competitive team?

    I’m sorry Fin fans, you deserve better.

  29. jnbnet says: Sep 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    nothing ventured, nothing gained. If nothing else, it would be funny to watch.

  30. kattykathy says: Sep 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    This doesn’t surprise me a bit. Stephen Ross and his 3-ring circus operation with washed up celebrities is a disgrace.

    The Dolphins are the joke of the league, and an embarrassment as well. It must be brutal to be a fan and have everyone make fun of their team 24/7. But then again, if you are a fan, you deserve to get clowned.

    So classy to offer up a near impossible chance to win such a measly sum.

  31. 7pints says: Sep 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    That is hilarious! Reminds me of a golf tourney I played in where the new car hole-in-one was on the 245 yd par 3 with the flag tucked neatly behind a bunker.

  32. gottaplan says: Sep 14, 2012 2:53 PM

    “The Dolphins don’t do much right…”

    That comment is not accurate. You can’t even let them have some good print on your site without taking another shot at them.

    Sad and transparent.

    Way to go Dolphins in trying to save lives, I for onne am proud to be a Dolphin fan! (Just wish they would start winning some games).

  33. trevor123698 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:54 PM

    its ridiculous to compare this to a half court basketball shot. A half court basketball shot is easy compared to this

  34. mrgoodbar216 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    What a joke and waste of time. The nfl record is only 3 yards more and you expect some normal every day guy to hit 60. C’MON MAN!!!!! There are kickers in the league that can even do this. They should win something if the ball goes just 20 yards in the air.

  35. acovey10 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    Maybe Carpenter isn’t doing the job and they are giving a $10,000 signing bonus because whoever makes it they sign, LOL

  36. buffalohogan says: Sep 14, 2012 3:09 PM

    I played HS soccer, that’s it. Never played Football, no collegiate, semi-pro, or pro sports.

    I was at the NFL experience during the Super Bowl a few years back, and I pushed the line back and set the ball on the otherside of the walkway so i could attempt a 45 yard FG.

    I put it right down the pipe and it barely trickled over.

    As I waited my turn i stood in line and watched over 100 regular Joes (and Jill’s) attempt this. Other than me, only three other people were able to make an extra point or farther.

    There is no way, no way ever, some joe schmo is gonna make that kick.

  37. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 14, 2012 3:13 PM

    The vast majority of people tested for melanomas are middle-aged or elderly. So you’re likely going to have “athletes” that look more like Ed Asner trying to kick a 60 yarder.

    It’s more likely that one of these people will hurt themselves trying to do this.

    I predict that, at least once during the event, we’ll hear “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.”

  38. sj39 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:17 PM

    I think I could do it.

  39. jm91rs says: Sep 14, 2012 3:20 PM

    60 yarders can be hit by highschool kickers with no defense, but the average person can’t kick a 25 yarder let alone 60. So if these kickers have no experience they are more likely to tear a muscle while taking this kick than they are to make it in. I’m hoping these are people have experience kicking so that there might actually be a chance here.

  40. johnnyshore says: Sep 14, 2012 3:34 PM

    Most adults, and plenty of children can throw a basketball to the hoop from half-court. They may not have the accuracy, but they are halfway there with just the power, and then all it takes is a little bit of luck. I would say a large majority (above 90%?) of able bodied adults cannot kick a football 60 yards; let alone accurately. This contest is a joke, and anyone comparing to a half-court shot is way out of line. There’s a big difference in chucking a basketball and having the technique to accurately kick a field goal. Hence, the reason a good kicker is so rare to find. 60 yards is 30 yards less than the NFL record for a field goal in a game. Granted, that’s in a game, but there’s a reason teams rarely even attempt field goals from that far.

  41. tinbender2000 says: Sep 14, 2012 3:35 PM

    I’ve made plenty of half court shots. I thing my best field goal was 32 yards. Ever get out there and see what 60 yards looks like? The only non football player I’ve ever seen hit 60 was a PE coach we had, an ex Olympic shot putter.

  42. sactogary says: Sep 14, 2012 3:41 PM

    Give me $10,000, plus a quarter playing quarterback, and I’d give it a shot. Like most people, I would have about as much chance of succeeding at one as the other.

  43. romoscollarbone says: Sep 14, 2012 3:50 PM

    One time I was at Giants game, and at halftime they brought three people out to attempt a 30yrder for 10K. 1st guy shanked, 2nd guy in the air clean, 3rd guy down the middle and into the seats with wingtips on. They had the guy the mic, he was a college kicker.

    Luck of the draw I suppose.

    That being said, a 60yrder is ridiculous.

  44. hamiltos777 says: Sep 14, 2012 4:07 PM

    Should be doable, provided Marino holds the ball laces out.

  45. brenenostler says: Sep 14, 2012 5:41 PM

    markbul says:
    Sep 14, 2012 2:26 PM
    Don’t get your panties in a bunch. This is like buying a lottery ticket – it’s not supposed to be a sure thing. Basketball teams hold half-court shot contests all the time. How often does anyone hit the shot? If they wanted to just give the money away, they could put ticket numbers in a hat. That’s not what they’re doing.

    The distance to make a half-court shot is much smaller than the distance to make a 60-yard field goal. Most people can throw the ball far enough to make a half court shot. There’s hardly anyone that can kick a football 60 yards.

    By the way, I’m 20 years old, in great shape, and I was the kicker for my high school team, and I can’t even kick it 60 yards. A 40-yard attempt is more reasonable, but I would still be shocked if anyone hit it (given they only get one attempt too).

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