By Matt Vensel
1:45 PM EDT, May 21, 2011
I got a tip that Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was competing in the Preakness Infield cornhole tournament. If I wasn’t looking for Cundiff -- who was wearing a polo, shorts and a pair of shades -- I wouldn’t have recognized him among all the college kids and young professionals tossing bean bags inside the tent.
But I was able to flag down Cundiff, who was there with his wife, Nicole, at their first Preakness.
“We wanted to do something to be a part of the Preakness because we’ve never been,” Cundiff said after beating a pair of twenty-somethings. “This is a chance to experience the Infield, and later, we’ll sit in the grandstand. But we want to see as much of Baltimore as we can. This is essentially Baltimore.”
Cundiff, a one-time kicking vagabond, is settling down here after signing a five-year contract extension this offseason.
He was competing in the tournament with 98 Rock’s Scott Reardon, and when I left the tent, the duo was 2-1 and trying to work its way through the loser’s bracket of the 64-team, $500 buy-in tournament.
“I should be better. I don’t play as much as Sam [Koch] does,” Cundiff said. “But I am rusty. I have played only once [since the end of the season]. We just have fun. That’s the thing. It’s a game that can bring guys together in our locker room. Sometimes the defense and offense gets separated, but to have a game that can bring everybody together -- you have Ray Lewis playing [long snapper] Morgan Cox -- it’s fun.”
Once the tournament is over, Cundiff and his wife plan on moving to the grandstand. “We want to go see some horses, bet on some races and soak in the atmosphere,” he said. “We want to see the ladies with the big hats and seersucker suits.”
And the guy in the centaur costume?
“We met Kegasus earlier, yes,” Cundiff said. “We’ve done it all.”
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