There are lots of pros who can do both. The reason that each team has one of each is that each serves as backup to the other. If you only had one total you'd have no backup.
This is in reference to my wondering why there weren't any kicker-punters in the NFL. Several readers pointed me to this story, in which Stephen Gostkowski, just last week, filled in brilliantly for the regular punter, who was sidelined with an injury during the game.
I should note, though, that contrary to the assertion in this question, Gostkowski had NEVER punted before, on any level of the game.
So what's the alternative? I thought and think that fighting in Iraq was a disaster with ramifications still to come. This guy joined for a college fund, like Miss America. I don't think hero worship is warranted for every enlistee.
If you haven't anything profound or different to say to a veteran, or active service member -- if this cliche is all you can muster -- then say nothing. Here is what it tells them: You feel some sort of social pressure to say something, but you don't really approve of what they were doing there, maybe, but you have some regard for the fact that maybe they put themselves in harm's way, but you're afraid to say, thanks for your courage, because maybe they are just people who like to kill or something...."
It's a lame thing to say. If you admire them, or are grateful, tell 'em that.
That exampled about the thieves dying from drinking poisoned whiskey brought to mind a similar example about co-workers who steal lunches from office fridges. They obviously know the food is not theirs but they take it. The solution: make sandwiches specifically designed as bait for the thieves. When preparing the sandwich grind up several laxative pills and mix them well into the ketchup or mayo. Then let the thieves enjoy lunch.
The Rib did this in her college dorm. Took extra care to avoid accidental problems: Made brownies, put em in a bag and said, "Please do not take these. They are for a beloved aunt." There was a night of toilet flushing, and everyone knew who.
For the record, I don't office recommend this. Laxatives are no joke and can cause serious problems. But in this case, the payback was sweet and stinky.
Much of what we know about the effects of significant radiation doses came from dropping two atomic bombs. There is no way we should throw out that data.
Sure, but the parallel with Nazi experiments is bogus, or at least weaker. A case can strongly be made that Hiroshima (if less so Nagasaki) was a completely legitimate act of war that saved many more lives than it took.
But what if we find out that, because the Nazis were mostly being sadists, not scientists, the experiments were riddled with errors and the data generated is only partly reliable. This is not a pure hypothetical - other Nazi 'experimental data' has this exact situation.
Well, then use the partially reliable parts ! We can't know this if we don't look at it.
Who are the final two states? You don't name them in your column!
I believe they are all accounted for.
What did you write about instead?
I called customer service reps. The column took 45 minutes to report.
In minnesota, with our bjillion lakes, "lake" comes either before or after the proper name utterly randomly
We will end this Lake argument, and this update, with a gift. The great John Prine, with the great Lake Marie. After Dylan and Cohen, this guy gets my nomination for rock lyricist, although this is not really about lyrics. It's about acoustic guitars and conveying a feeling. See you next week.