- COMPETING AT BAKING. (1)
- Nick: What’s fascinating, though, is that there isn’t any cash prize for the winner. It’s purely...
- POETRY AND BASEBALL. (2)
- Nick: Correction! It’s @mornacale on Twitter. Slight typo.
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON. (1)
- Nick: I believe the live draft has value above and beyond nostalgia and the social benefit of seeing people in...
- THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: As is so often the case, the Simpsons have indirectly weighed in on this issue, as Homer clumsily and...
- EATING PEAS WITH A KNIFE. (1)
- milton: What was the origin of eating peas with a knife ? Comic strip ? I remember it from the late 40s.. m “I...
- A MOSQUITO AND DNA. (1)
- Nick: Not to take away from how cool that is, but I’d have to think a defense attorney would have a field day...
- HUNTERS IN THE SNOW (WINTER)—THE PAINTING. (1)
- Nick: I haven’t looked at this painting in years, but upon looking at it again I was reminded of what...
- ECONOMICS IS “A COLLECTION OF FUNNY STORIES ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”. (1)
- Nick: In a Simpsons episode, Bart protects two rare lizards such that they are able to breed. The population...
- A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: And all of this to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. Intentional walks and extra innings games...
- A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE. (1)
- Nick: I’m not a purist, but the problem with this rule is it seems that it would likely result in a bunting...
- “ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS”—A GOOD WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY GAME. (1)
- Nick: We’ve gotten a lot of joy out of a similar game called “Wise & Otherwise.” Instead of a...
- ARMAGEDDON CHESS AND “ARMAGEDDON BASEBALL”. (1)
- Nick: Given how many arms teams tend to have stashed in AAA, it’s not that hard to call up players as needed...
- COMPETING AT BAKING. (1)
Category Archives: Football
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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