Category Archives: Sports

A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT).

A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT). I posted here five weeks ago about a proposed baseball rule change which would automatically place a runner on second base at the start of each extra inning. I said that my … Continue reading

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WORKPLACE HUMOR—JOGGING AROUND WASHINGTON SQUARE.

WORKPLACE HUMOR—JOGGING AROUND WASHINGTON SQUARE. When we lived in New York City, I jogged around Washington Square fairly often (.55 miles for each lap, according to all the other joggers). One day I came in to work, and a colleague … Continue reading

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ARMAGEDDON FOOTBALL—-AN AUCTION TO SEE WHO GETS THE BALL FIRST IN OVERTIME IN THE SUPERBOWL?

ARMAGEDDON FOOTBALL—-AN AUCTION TO SEE WHO GETS THE BALL FIRST IN OVERTIME IN THE SUPERBOWL? I posted here about the asymmetry in the Armageddon Chess that is the ultimate tiebreaker in world championship chess matches. In the post I endorsed … Continue reading

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WAS WINNING THE COIN FLIP THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAY IN THE 2017 SUPERBOWL?

WAS WINNING THE COIN FLIP THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAY IN THE 2017 SUPERBOWL? A number of sportswriters have argued that the most important play in the 2017 Superbowl was the coin flip.The game was tied at the end of regulation. … Continue reading

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ARMAGEDDON CHESS AND “ARMAGEDDON BASEBALL”.

ARMAGEDDON CHESS AND “ARMAGEDDON BASEBALL”. I refer to the proposed change in baseball’s rules for extra innings as “Armageddon Baseball” because it resembles Armageddon Chess, which I posted on here. The major similarity is that a rule has been proposed … Continue reading

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A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE.

A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE. According to this article by Jeff Passan on the Yahoo sports website, major league baseball is planning to test in the minor leagues this season a new rule which would automatically place a runner … Continue reading

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THE THREE LITTLE POLGAR GIRLS.

THE THREE LITTLE POLGAR GIRL. I was a little saddened to see in the articles about Hou Yifan that Judit Polgar, who had been the women’s world chess champion for almost 25 years, had retired. At one time she was … Continue reading

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A RANDOM EVENT?

A RANDOM EVENT? I could not find in the journalism that I looked at the key fact in trying to assess what happened: What percentage of the players in the tournament were women? (I looked at a list of competitors, … Continue reading

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A CHESS SCANDAL—OR A RANDOM EVENT?

A CHESS SCANDAL—OR A RANDOM EVENT? Here is the background for Hou Yifan’s protest: She has won four Women’s World Championships and has a rating of 2651 that is close to the top 100 in men’s rankings. She had declined … Continue reading

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A CHESS SCANDAL?

A CHESS SCANDAL? Nick e mailed me this link to a story about how Hou Yifan, the best woman chess player in the world, had lost a game in only five moves in the final match of an important chess … Continue reading

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