Sure it was a big goal. But the celebration was worthy of an Emmy nomination. Here’s the scene:
Stjarnan and Fylkir are locked in a 1-1 tie as the match goes into extra time. Stjarnan’s Haldor Orri Bjornsson booted home the winning goal. And then the hijinks commenced. Watch the video. And admire the portrayal by Johann Laxdal as the fish. It’s certainly worth a supporting actor award.
The ball girl shows up the Triple-A pro with an unbelievable catch! …
We got fooled on this one along with thousands of other people. We wanted to believe the fiction that an ordinary ball girl could make this extraordinary catch. The real game setting, including a reference to real player Jake Wald, added to our willingness to suspend disbelief.
But this was a commercial, using special effects. The whole story is told by Snopes, including the detail that the ball girl was really a stunt woman who had the help of wire rigging when climbing the wall.
It’s the harness and rigging that is puzzling. Anyone who has ever competed against a team of stunt women knows that there are many in their group who could have made this catch without assistance.
It still wouldn’t have been a ball girl, but if they had used a real ball (see Snopes’ explanation) and an unaided stunt woman, we would still be wowed, even if it wasn’t in a game situation.
Girls softball is one of the most fast-paced and interesting spectator sports as well as being exceedingly satisfying to play. This video, of a college game in the Upper Northwest, captures a moment of true sportsmanship. It’s special when fair really is fair.