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Sports

July 02, 2015

"Top 10 Hardest Triples in Sports"

Number 1 was a bit of a surprise.

June 14, 2015

"Deflating ‘Deflategate’"

Kevin Hassett, Joseph Sullivan, and Stan Veuger of AEI:

In the current “Deflategate” controversy, the New England Patriots have been accused of illicitly deflating footballs before the start of their 2015 American Football Conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The National Football League and the lawyers it hired have produced a report—commonly known as the “Wells report”—that has been used to justify penalties against the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. Although the Wells report finds that the Patriots footballs declined in pressure significantly more than the Colts balls in the first half of the game, our replication of the report’s analysis finds that it relies on an unorthodox statistical procedure at odds with the methodology the report describes. It also fails to investigate all relevant scenarios. In addition, it focuses only on the difference between the Colts and Patriots pressure drops. Such a difference, however, can be caused either by the pressure in the Patriots balls dropping below their expected value or by the pressure in the Colts balls rising above their expected value. The second of these two scenarios seems more likely based on the absolute pressure measurements. Logistically, the greater change in pressure in the Patriots footballs can be explained by the fact that sufficient time may have passed between halftime testing of the two teams’ balls for the Colts balls to warm significantly, effectively inflating them.

June 11, 2015

"The USWNT are broken, and they can't skate by on talent forever"

Kevin McCauley at SBNation.com saw exactly what I saw Monday night

June 07, 2015

"Two Math Educators Derived An Equation For Michael Jordan's Hang Time"

MJ's hang time on the renowned 1988 from-the-foul-line dunk was just . . . 0.92 seconds.

We kinda knew it just seemed like forever, but the math is still surprising.

"LeBron Will Never Make You Happy"

So true. (But this was written before Kyrie's injury.)

Being unable to appreciate LeBron James is baked into having a LeBron James in the first place. 

I can't imagine what this must be like. To have pulled off such an otherworldly achievement of dragging six above average teams to the NBA Finals, to have put together a run of unparalleled brilliance with everyone staring at you and cheering for you to fail, to have your rare mistakes paraded out for public view far more often than your plentiful successes. To never be able to do enough.

June 06, 2015

"The Best Player Since Jordan"

I agree: it's Timmy B. Duncan.

June 02, 2015

"Lionel Messi's Copa Del Rey Wondergoal, As Called Around The World"

I enjoyed this video clip (about 6.5 minutes) for two reasons:

1. I heard 16 different announcers just about lose their minds.

2. I saw Messi's goal 16 times. He makes it look so easy.

May 29, 2015

"What Just-Completed NFL Draft Tells Us About 2015 College Football Season"

Supposedly, we've seen peak SEC.

"People are calling an insane rally at the Table Tennis World Championships the 'point of the century'"

Pretty cool.

Related: "Ping Pong Is Dead, Long Live Ping Pong".

May 27, 2015

"Why America fell out of love with golf"

Rosie O'Donnell had a clue: "Golf is not a sport. Golf is men in ugly pants, walking."

And there's Winston Churchill: "Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose."

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