Tuesday, March 24

The Appliance of Science

'Boffins come up with the formula for the perfect penalty' raves today's Sun. Let's have a look shall we?

"The SHOT should be 65mph or more."
As I remember, the hardest shot in the Premier League ever was about 85-ish mph, so a 65mph shot would be a fair old whack, wouldn't it?
"This requires a RUN-UP of five to six paces, commencing from the edge of the 18-yard line — approaching the ball at an ANGLE of 20 to 30 degrees."
Yeah OK, so don't bother with Roberto Carlos style 50 yard run ups, you'll be knackered when you get there. Also, don't run straight at the ball, unless you are a genius who can strike the ball with both feet simultaneously.
"And it must CROSS the goal line at exactly 0.5m below crossbar and 0.5m inside either post."
Yeah, like in the top corner then?
"Researchers say the formula promises 100 PERCENT SUCCESS."
Great! So blasting the ball with one foot into the top corner guarantees a goal from a penalty!

Who would have thought it?


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