For once, sports announcers were accurate in describing a catch as the greatest of all time.

For once, sports announcers were accurate in describing a catch as the greatest of all time.
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As much as he's enjoying the attention, I'm sure Odell would assure you he is not your god.

Sports people have a tendency to say things are one of the GOATs, the Greatest Of All Time, a little too often. As a result, there's a bit of a "boy who cried 'wolf'" problem when something truly cool actually happens. So, let me, as not-sportsy as they come, assure you that Odell Beckham's one-handed, backwards-diving, gecko-fingered touchdown catch last night in the New York Giants' game against the Dallas Cowboys (the Giants lost 31-28, but Beckham still won the evening) was, indeed, one of the most impressive feats of pure athleticism to come out of pro sports in a while. There's loving pro sports, and then there's saying "hey, look what this cool human did." This is the latter.


Said Beckham after the game in a display of almost-as-impressive modesty "I hope it's not the greatest catch of all time. I hope I can make more." What is most impressive about the catch, you may have noticed, is that split-second where the ball shudders in his fingers like it's about to pop back out, before being secured by some sort of friction magic heretofore undiscovered by science.

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You can see the full play over at NFL.com.

Beckham explained that he was just using what his momma gave him. "I guess I have to thank my mom for the long fingers. Her hands are maybe half an inch shorter than mine. I know I felt it on those three fingers and tried my best to pull it in."

Meanwhile, I just dropped the donut I was holding because I tried to hold a coffee in the same hand.

(by Johnny McNulty)

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