Category Archives: Football

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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ECONOMIC ANALYSES OF WORKING THE REFEREES.

ECONOMIC ANALYSES OF WORKING THE REFEREES. Here is a link to a paper by Michael J Lopez published in Economic Inquiry which provides support for the finding that football referees are influenced in making calls by whether they are near … Continue reading

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EVIDENCE THAT YELLING AT REFEREES WORKS.

EVIDENCE THAT YELLING AT REFEREES WORKS. This article on the fivethirtyeight website by Noah Davis and Michael Lopez describes a study which shows that “a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular.” A “natural experiment” results from … Continue reading

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“UNTIL YOU JUST POUND THEM INTO THE TURF….UNTIL THEIR HEAD HURTS”.

“UNTIL YOU JUST POUND THEM INTO THE TURF….UNTIL THEIR HEAD HURTS”. With the information that has come out about head injuries in football, I find it hard to watch professional football any more. I have watched only one NFL game … Continue reading

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HENRY VIII AND FOOTBALL HEAD INJURIES.

HENRY VIII AND FOOTBALL HEAD INJURIES. I have posted several times, including here, about the increased recognition of the risks of head injuries in football. This article in the Daily Mail by Colin Fernandez reports on a new study to … Continue reading

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REDUCING CONCUSSIONS BY TACKLING THE WAY RUGBY PLAYERS DO.

REDUCING CONCUSSIONS BY TACKLING THE WAY RUGBY PLAYERS DO. This article on the Quartz website by Aamna Mohdin points out that the rate of concussions in professional football is much greater than in rugby (which has not had a one … Continue reading

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THE SPIKE AND FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS.

THE SPIKE AND FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS. This article entitled “Football helmets are creating more problems than they solve” by Todd Halslop on the Sporting News website from May of 2015 identifies an important aspect of football’s concussion problem. Halslop begins his … Continue reading

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NOT TAKING CONCUSSIONS SERIOUSLY.

NOT TAKING CONCUSSIONS SERIOUSLY. The football concussion problem has been reflected in a one billion dollar settlement with former players and a new movie, “Concussion”, with Will Smith, a major star. So it is astonishing what new NFL rules on … Continue reading

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A WAY TO MAKE BASEBALL HIGH SCORING LIKE FOOTBALL.

A WAY TO MAKE BASEBALL HIGH SCORING LIKE FOOTBALL. Jo Craven McGinty had an excellent article in “The Numbers” section of the Wall Street Journal (April 11-12) taking on the question: “is baseball really dying in the shadow of its … Continue reading

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