I always appreciate when things get added to soccer to make it more difficult — random MMA rules, firecrackers, whatever — but my new favorite unnecessary soccer accoutrement is BLINDFOLDS, because apparently telepathic soccer is a thing. You know, like when Luke put on a helmet and tried to block shit with his lightsaber in Star Wars. Exactly like that.
Legendary Manchester United strikers Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole put Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez to the test in a Telepathic Football challenge organised by bwin, the club’s official online gaming and betting partner.
All joking aside, it’s a really cute and endearing clip, and no amount of Believing In My Partner could will me to score a soccer goal in pitch blackness. Pun intended. But no, I couldn’t kick a soccer ball out of the air if you let me use all five senses, stood five feet in front of me and calmly said, “I’m going to lob the ball at your foot now.”
I think the next step should be to organize a completely blindfolded (emblindfoldened?) game, with people just running and kicking blindly into each other. Put blindfolds on the fans, too, and let them react to bone break noises and headbutt echoes. Do the entire thing telepathically, is what I’m saying. Let’s just stay home and pretend soccer!
[h/t to Dirty Tackle]