Rose Bowl referee makes spectacular leaping snag of a balloon floating over the field

Want proof that officials can be athletes too? Look at the ups from referee John McDaid in the Rose Bowl.

McDaid jumped high in the air to snag a balloon that was floating above the field in the second quarter of Ohio State’s game against Washington.

The underrated part of the sequence is McDaid subtly popping the balloon after his majestic leap to take it out of the air.

McDaid is part of the SEC officiating crew that was assigned to the game between the champions of the Pac-12 and the SEC. We always knew about SEC speed and maybe that principle transfers over to vertical leaps too.

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College Football Championship winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: -225
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 51%

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Super Bowl LIII winner: New Orleans Saints

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 2/1
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 32%

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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament winner: Duke Blue Devils

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 23/10

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Masters winner: Jordan Spieth

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 9/1

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Masters winner: Tiger Woods

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 9/1

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Stanley Cup winner: Tampa Bay Lightning

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 5/1

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NBA Finals winner: Golden State Warriors

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 10/17
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 53%

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WNBA Finals winner: Seattle Storm

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 2/1

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World Series winner: Boston Red Sox

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 6/1

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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