Scobee won't tolerate the 'S-word'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's a dirty word that's never spoken in one corner of the Jacksonville Jaguars' locker room.

In fact, if one of the players in that area hears anyone say it -- teammate or visitor -- he'll jump them pretty good. That word, he says, has no place in football.


"It's a bad word," kicker Josh Scobee said.

Scobee hates hearing the "S-word," as he calls it. He'll call people out when they say it the locker room. If a member of the media uses it on Twitter, writes it, or says it in a broadcast, Scobee lets them know he doesn't approve.

"It's a golf term and it is a bad word in golf," Scobee said. "You never want to see that happen so whenever someone misses a kick and they use that word, I don't like it. I prefer mishit. That's a lot better than the S-word."

Shank -- sorry, Josh -- is a golf term that describes what happens when a golfer hits the ball with any part of the club other than the clubface. It's usually the hosel of the club that makes first contact and that causes the ball to careen wildly off to the right (for a right-handed golfer). At some point the word became a part of football lexicon and came to mean a kicker pulling or pushing a field goal attempt and a punter hitting a ball off the side of his foot.

It's not a correct correlation, Scobee said. He should know. He's a scratch golfer who has attempted to qualify for a U.S. Open sectional multiple times.

"I would never use that term in football because it doesn't make sense," he said. "You can't hit one of those in football. You can hit one of those in golf and they're contagious so I don't want them to ever get contagious in football."

How much does the S-word bother Scobee? Punter Bryan Anger found out even before he met him. A couple members of the media tweeted that Anger "shanked" a punt during rookie minicamp in 2012 and Scobee responded on Twitter by suggesting the preferred mishit.

"It was pretty funny," Anger said. "They'll be times when it's used and times when people just don't really have a clue."

Scobee said there's never a time when the S-word applies for a kicker, but Anger admitted there is a scenario in which even he would admit he shanked a punt.

"That's where you just don't even get close to a spiral," Anger said. "I call mishits some that don't quite turn over like a spiral but they're staying kind of nose up and fluttering. A shank is when you just hit it end over end like a kickoff or like the opposite of the kickoff. Shank is where you just almost completely miss it.

"You don't see many punters shank it in the league now but it happens every now and then."

Anger's interview was conducted separately from Scobee's, which is probably a good thing because Anger actually used the S-word. Scobee wouldn't and didn't even want it used as part of a question. He stopped me as soon as it was clear that I was headed for the S-word.

"Don't say that," he said.

Mishit. Got it.