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The Ultimate Predictor of Academic Performance

You wanna know the best way to predict the quality of undergraduates at a college or university? It’s not SAT scores or high school GPA. It’s the quality of the school’s ultimate team. From the press release: A study (slated for release September 1) by Dr. Michael Norden shows that among all 86 private national…

Is Your City a Sports Haven or Sports Hell?

It’s Saturday on the second weekend of the college football season. Tomorrow (Sunday) marks the opening of the NFL season (okay, the season really kicked off Thursday night). Also, we’re hitting the home stretch of the major league baseball season, and the playoffs are just around the corner. With all of that in mind, this…

The Real Killer

A lot of people at ScienceBlogs and around the blogosphere have been chattering about the death of Steve “Croc Hunter” Irwin, but here at evolgen we know who the real killer was: We’re on the ball like the Boulder District Attorney’s Office. Now, we’re off to arrest Kevin Vranes for sexually harassing the football team.…

Euphemisms for Penis in the Backfield

Is it possible to have a news item about college football, with people whose names remind you of musical legends, washed up rockers, and supporting actors in a Peter North movie? Could this be the perfect intersection of sports, pop culture, and dirty jokes? This story reads like a casting call for a John Holmes…

Check out this interview with Penn State football coach Joe Paterno: On the fragility of life: “I do a lot of walking, and every once in a while, I step on an ant. And I say to myself, ‘You know, we ain’t nothing but ants.’ “ I wonder if JoePa has ever looked at the…

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Joe Morgan the Creationist

Joe Morgan is a Hall of Fame baseball player and a former member of the Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine. He is also a commentator for ESPN and a strong opponent of all the new fangled baseball statistics. Anyone who has listened to an ESPN broadcast of Major League Baseball has heard Morgan criticize the Moneyball…

France is Hell Bent for Leather

France’s diminutive goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford:

What Holocaust?

As I write this, Mexico is about to kick off against Iran in Nuremberg. Yeah, that Nuremberg. And that Iran. Oh, the sweet, sweet irony coincidence.

A Post for the Soccer/Football Fans

The Nature Newsblog is reporting that mathematicians have shown that scoring begets more scoring in soccer football association football. I don’t have access to the Nature News article, but it appears that World Cup goals cannot be modeled as Poisson random variables. Wondering why I called it association football? Do you know where the term…