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Joe Nedney wins kicking contest, saves Earth from robot football

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San Francisco 49ers kicker Joe Nedney(notes) disagrees, and he's got the gold medal to prove it. On Monday, Nedney competed in a kicking contest at what's left of the old Kezar Stadium against a 340-pound robot named "Ziggy".

This was to promote the upcoming RoboGames in San Mateo (yes, how very Silicon Valley geeky!), and Ziggy, representing "Team Asimov", acquitted himself well. The 14-inch tall android booted a 45-yard field goal, putting the pressure on Nedney. However, there's a reason that humans are still best for the NFL - Nedney came through with a 50-yarder, saving his job and perhaps civilization itself.

"Even with robotics, there's still human error involved," Nedney told the media at the event. "But it definitely legitimizes my position, I feel really good right now," As well you should, Joe - but I'd watch my back if I were you. Ziggy's got a pretty mean look on his "face", and I wouldn't be surprised if those techies came up with a Robo-Kicker that booted the ball far beyond the capacity of any human. Perhaps it's just a matter of time...

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