It just didn’t make sense, no matter what angle the replay was viewed from: The U.S.’s Clint Dempsey turns one way, then the , and kicks the ball directly into English goaltender Robert Green’s gloves. Green seems to stop the ball, then it somehow bounces off of him, spins, and continues the way it was headed had Green not been there–into the goal. If the next frame was an earlier shot of Dempsey in the parking lot of the stadium signing a contract with a big red guy with horns, I would not at all have been surprised. Much has been made of the behavior of Adidas’ new Jabulani ball, and while Green himself has not blamed the ball for his inexplicable error, others have. What’s different about this ball is that it’s made with only eight panels–down from 2006′s 14 panels–and it’s covered in tiny bumps and grooves that reportedly make it more stable in flight

9e7a7752f2ani334.jpg 350x180 A closer look at the Jabulani

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