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April 30, 2014

Three interesting pieces on sports

"Meet the Bag Man: How to Buy College Football Players in the Words of a Man Who Delivers the Money". Argues that virtually all SEC football players are on the take. I believe it.

"If You Want To Be A Pro Soccer Player, It Helps To Be Born In January". 

"Proof That America Fills Out March Madness Brackets Like Idiots". Observes that a suprisingly large number of people simply pick all the favorites. 

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JKB

How little things change. Here's an article by Percy Marks, written in 1926, on the state of 'Athletics' in college. Skip a few anachronistic references and it could have been written last month.

http://www.unz.org/Pub/TinkerHarold-1934-00195

TheBigHenry

People who "simply pick all the favorites" are, in effect, betting there will be no upsets in the entire tournament. Clearly, those odds are very slim.

But, I submit, as slim as such odds are, the odds of any other bracket pick are slimmer still. So, by what measure is "all the favorites" bracket pick idiotic?

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