College Basketball Player’s Free Throw Somehow Stays Balanced On Rim (Video)
December 24 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
Three days ago, Idaho State's basketball team took on formidable Utah State. Utah State won the game easily, 71-48, but the most memorable moment of the night belonged to seldom-used Idaho State center Kamil Gawrzydek. Late in the game, down 20, Gawrzydek attempted a free throw. It bounced way up off the rim, then fell back down onto the rim. And stayed there. And stayed there. And stayed there...then finally fell through.
The moment became an instant sensation, and it deserved to, because it looks like a flagrant, though brief, defiance of the physical laws that govern our world. However, physicist/basketball enthusiast John Fontanellatold The Dagger's Jeff Eisenberg that it was more right place, right time happenstance than anything else:
"There's absolutely no reason the ball couldn't actually do that if all the conditions were right because you have two round surface. As long as the middle of the ball is directly above the middle of the rim, theoretically it can stay there as long as it likes until it's disturbed by something."
There you have it - the free throw, while unlikely, was indeed within the realm of possibility. And really, with that in mind...how doesn't this happen at least slightly more often?