What a goal!
For a day with no major sports on the calendar, the competition for Wednesday’s best highlight is a stiff one. Western Michigan’s game-winning fake spike (check that out farther down the page) was pretty impressive, but it still pales in comparison to this absurd goal from Danish Cup action.
Lyngby traveled to Slagelse in the third round of the tournament and Lyngby’s Nicolai Geertsen scored one of the most impressive goals you’ll ever see. In the 70th minute, a corner kick found Geertsen all by himself in the middle of the box and he leapt to meet the ball with a stiff scissor kick. The shot clanged off the crossbar and bounced right back to Geertsen, who hopped off the ground and struck it with a second scissor kick, this one squeezing between the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms and a defender standing on the goal line.
Here it is from another angle.
The game was a real nightmare for Slagelse. Geertsen’s wondergoal was the seventh score en route to a 9–0 thrashing. While, Lyngby plays in Denmark’s top division, Slagelse is in the third tier. It’s a semiprofessional league that includes a team called—and this is not a joke—Middelfart. Those guys probably had to ask for time off from their day jobs to go out and get crushed by a team of full-time professionals.
My Danish is rusty but I believe the tweet from Lyngby is saying Geertsen’s goal should be considered for FIFA’s Puskás Award, given annually to the most beautiful or impressive goal of the year. The award’s guidelines, though, say voters shouldn’t pick goals that were the result of luck. Was it luck that the ball rebounded off the crossbar and right back to Geertsen? Maybe a little bit. But it’s still a great goal.
The best of SI
What to expect from this year’s Masters unlike any other. ... He won’t have a crowd to feed off but Tiger Woods still expects to contend at the Masters. ... Where will Sam Darnold play in 2021? ... The chairman of England’s Football Association resigned after he delivered testimony before Parliament that was chock full of offensive statements.
Around the sports world
The sand in the bunkers at Augusta is made from some of the purest quartz in the world, which is why it’s so blindingly bright white. ... The Texans fired their head of p.r. Amy Palcic in a move panned by members of the media and even some players. ... Mookie Betts bought Chip Kelly’s former house in Southern California.
Western Michigan won with a perfect fake spike
What he “went through” was presiding over the death of a player
Dan Le Batard is a real one
Off we go!
Lamar Jackson says opposing teams are calling out the Ravens’ plays
They couldn’t get him a uniform that fit?
Joe Burrow thinks House was scary?
Get down from there!
That’s four SEC games postponed this weekend
Throwing it back to Pau’s rookie year
An enormous three-liter bottle of Prosecco is for sale at Costco. ... Videos of smoke pouring out of the new Xbox are going viral online but they’re fake. ... A skeleton uncovered in Peru shows evidence that prehistoric hunters weren’t all male. ... A New York woman rescued a swan with lead poisoning and brought it to a clinic on the subway.
Silicon Valley jokers keep trying to reinvent existing technology
50 years ago today
A good song
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback or follow me on Twitter for approximately one half-decent baseball joke per week. Bookmark this page to see previous editions of Hot Clicks and find the newest edition every day. By popular request I’ve made a Spotify playlist of the music featured here. Visit our Extra Mustard page throughout each day for more offbeat sports stories.