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April 03, 2015

"March Madness Makers and Takers"

Bloomberg Business looks at the big money involved in Division I basketball.

March 31, 2015

"Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel Publishes Paper In Math Journal"

But can he block a 350-pound nose tackle? 

Some NFL players spend their offseason working out. Others travel around the world. Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has done both while also getting an article published in a math journal.

Urschel, the Ravens’ 2014 fifth-round pick who graduated from Penn State with 4.0 GPA, also happens to be a brilliant mathematician. This week he and several co-authors published a piece titled “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians” in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. You can read the full piece here:

Link via Economics Job Market Rumors.

March 29, 2015

"Take the Wonderlic Test to see how you stack up against NFL prospects"


Also "Are You Smarter Than a Football Player".

Cycling is the new golf

"So you have this current generation of young executives, and they're not particularly interested in walking around slowly."

March 28, 2015

An example of why some sports teams fail

"The Brooklyn Nets went all-in on a blockbuster trade with the Celtics — and it's a total disaster 2 years later".

March 26, 2015

The inimitable Lewis Black . . .

. . . slams the NCAA. With a shot at UNC-Chapel Hill, too. 

"Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places"

"What do the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest have in common?"

March 25, 2015

"I’ve said it a hundred times: To be a fan of big-time college sports is to be in love with a hooker."

That's the Boston Globe's inimitable Bob Ryan.

I’ve been following it for 50 years. I know what goes on. I can’t change it.

Problem is, I love the games and the competition, and it’s pretty clear I’m not alone. We’re Americans; it’s what we do.

March 22, 2015

"The swagger Of UConn"

I'm certainly rooting for Geno and his team. They play beautiful basketball.

March 21, 2015


Gary Lineker: "Messi is indisputably the greatest player ever to don a pair of football boots. Don't even attempt to argue the point."

Graham Hunter: "When football is played with this verve, technique and creative intensity, it's just a joy."

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