It's still better to be lucky than good, and going the more difficult route is still a far more entertaining journey.
Deadspin's Barry Petchesky (h/t Bro Bible) spotted this video that features a jumble in the middle of the field. Well, apparently there is a ball getting tipped three times in that beautiful mess, leading to a wonderful touchdown.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. ET
A tip of the hat to Bob's Blitz for spotting a clearer video showing off the play a bit better than the previous video we utilized.
End of Update---
The Minutemen News Center has a full report on the game and Fairfield Ludlowe (Conn.) High School's Mike Arman, who pulled in one heck of a reception to give his team a go-ahead score late in last weekend's game against Harding.
Here is all you need to know about the catch, via Mary Albl and Sean Patrick Bowley, who write for The Minutemen.
The ball tipped off Arman’s fingertips, then deflected off his defender, hit Ludlowe’s Patrick O’Leary in the facemask and reflected off into the hands of Arman. Arman secured the ball and raced down the field 66 yards for the eventual game-winning touchdown.
The play comes in the fourth quarter with Fairfield down 31-29. As the report says, the defense would later take the field, handle their business and leave with a 35-31 victory, as well as one fanciful tale of great bounces and delightful deflections.
Really, the only downside to this story is the video makes the catch a bit tough to see. You almost have to read the description, close your eyes and imagine it for yourself.
It helps to blow up the video to full screen. Still, it would be nice if we could get more cameras from different angles at these prep games if they are going to go through the trouble of having these otherworldly feats of athleticism. So get right on that, high school world.
As for the rest of you receivers, never give up on the play. You never know when the ball is going to turn blind, dumb luck into one of the best receptions of the year.
Hit me up on Twitter: