Chances are, you’ve already seen the video of Marshawn Lynch entering the Zakuani & Friends Charity Soccer Match wearing socks and sandles, lumbering down the field, picking up a pass from Eddie Johnson — with his hands — running the ball into the goal, getting red-carded, tossing the red card into the air, kicking the ball away “in protest” and then taking the red card back to Steve Zakuani who signed it. If you haven’t, give it a watch:
.@MoneyLynch GOES FULL BEAST MODE! The former @Seahawks RB runs the ⚽️ into the net and then steals the ref's red card! #ZakAndFriends pic.twitter.com/d49sYovDnU— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) July 3, 2017
Almost as remarkable as the sequence itself, though, is the reaction to it around these world wide webs.
Along with outlets like us, the clip was picked up by the SB Nation mothership, Bleacher Report, ESPN and just about every other sports site with a social-media department. The version of the video posted to the Sounders’ Facebook page has about 500,000 views.
Beyond it being almost literally everywhere, there was no shortage of choice reactions. Here were some of our favorites:
...and now I have the Mario Bros theme song stuck in my head.— Diane Carney (@fcdianecarney) July 3, 2017
Even the Seattle Sounders know to give @MoneyLynch the ball at the goal line— Al Thomas C (@AlThomasC) July 3, 2017
But this may have been the choicest reaction:
Antics like this is why I can't take American soccer seriously.— ㅤ (@DRINKSEVRYTHNG) July 3, 2017
Although he didn’t quite upstage his in-game appearance, the cameo he made on Marcus Trufant’s Periscope video was possibly even funnier:
This game is legit. Shout if you are here. https://t.co/uU54SfqPAS— Marcus Trufant (@MarcusTrufant) July 3, 2017
Please, please, please don’t ever change.