Evidently lightning can strike twice.
There’s no other explanation for the shocking trick shot connections one science teacher has had in two straight years at Glenbrook North High School (GBN) in Illinois. In 2014, 4-foot-11 GBN science teacher Lindsey Berman was asked to attempt a half-court shot at the school’s annual pride assembly. She couldn’t think of a good reason not to shoot, so she lined up, turned her back to the basket (to minimize embarrassment after an expected miss) and heaved an old-fashioned, between-the-legs granny shot.
And then the ball sailed through the hoop.
“I agreed to shoot, but was very nervous about it, because I cannot even get the ball to touch the rim if I shoot from the three-point line,” Berman told ABC affiliate KABC. “Once I got up to the half-court mark, I decided the only way I could get the ball to even come close to the net would be to shoot it underhand, ‘granny-style.’ But then I thought that turning backwards would allow me to make less of a fool of myself if I missed big-time. So I went for it.”
Given the surprising success of her first attempt, Berman was asked to walk out for a second attempt at the miracle shot at the same prep rally in 2015. You’ll never guess what happened.
“I was even more shocked this time when it went in,” Berman told KABC. “No, I have never practiced this shot.”
Apparently she shouldn’t ever practice it. That might throw her off. Whatever the reason, Berman’s strong karma allowed her to help a worthy cause; by connecting on the 2015 attempt, she raised $1,000 for a Relay for Life team.