What happens when you smash a clearance straight into some power lines? It’s a thought we’ve all had while playing on a rural pitch that has the conductors running along the sidelines. However, it’s a tantalizing question that few of us have ever acted upon — not even our resident scientist, who got his PhD in soccer science from Johnny Hopkins, knew the answer to this one.
But thankfully, some emboldened Norwegian lads got to the bottom of it in the 85th minute of a 5-0 match. So what happens — does the ball charge? Is it whisked away to a local home as voltage? Does it incinerate on contact? Or does it trigger an armageddon of single-circuit line explosions and beautifully choreographed fireworks?
It’s the last one. That’s what happens.