When New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey broke the NFL record for the longest field goal in 1970, the president of the Dallas Cowboys suggested that the record book should be marked with an asterisk. Dempsey, born without toes on his right foot, kicked with a special shoe. That may have advantaged him when he lined up to boot the ball 63 yards through the Tulane Stadium goalpost.
That would hardly be the reaction today to the accomplishment of a man who overcame a handicap.
But if the NFL is looking to dust off its asterisk, they should append it to the logo for Super Bowl 53, a matchup that will be forever tainted by a referee who missed a flagrant foul by the Los Angeles Rams and thereby tilted the outcome of the game.
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Since we doubt the NFL will take us up on that idea, we’ve developed our own logo, which we’re debuting today. It will appear with Advocate coverage of the game over the next couple of weeks.
We’ll never know what would have happened in the final 105 seconds of Sunday’s game, so we can’t really paste a Saints helmet onto the logo. An asterisk will have to do.
Tom Dempsey did not deserve an asterisk. Super Bowl 53 does.