Sports

"The Koufax Conundrum"

Consider this:

Koufax was certainly a good baseball player as well. During his last four years, he averaged 24 wins and 7 losses per season.

These seem like numbers from some lost epic age. By way of comparison, the Dodgers’ current superstar pitcher, Clayton Kershaw (whom 88-year-old Dodger announcer Vin Scully, in a rare and forgivable slip, recently referred to as “Sandy Koufax”), had a record of 18 and 7 over his best four-year stretch.

Partly from stats like those, we get this:

To this day, Koufax remains the most legendary Jewish athlete since Samson.


"Don’t Call It the Alabama Blueprint: Because what Nick Saban has built is impossible to replicate"

This was, indeed, pretty great.

"For those who have long watched an Alabama team that routinely stresses preparation over payoff, the moment was surreal: After knotting the score at 24 points apiece against Clemson in January’s National Championship game, junior Bama kicker Adam Griffith lined up with 10:34 left in the fourth quarter and … gently floated the ball toward the right sideline."


"Fastball"

I'm not the world's biggest baseball fan, but I really enjoyed this documentary. Nicely explains, among other things, why a 100 mph fastball is so much harder to hit than a 92 mph one and why, despite the testimony of many hitters including Hank Aaron, a very fast fastball does not actually rise on its way to the plate (but also why it's reasonable for hitter to think so).