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Sports Science Poll: Super Bowl

We’re mere hours away from the start of the Super Bowl, the biggest football game of the year. Obviously, the question of who will win has been the subject of much debate over the last couple of weeks on sports media and in offices around the country. What these discussions have lacked, though, is Science!!!…

Picking on stupid things that sports commentators say is the ultimate “Fish. Barrel. BLAM!” sort of activity, but this morning on the way to drop SteelyKid at day care, Mike and Mike kept repeating one of the absolute dumbest things that football commentators say. They were talking about Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, and…

Creepiness Is Contagious

It’s always kind of distressing to find something you agree with being said by people who also espouse views you find nutty, repulsive, or reprehensible. It doesn’t make them any less right, but it makes it a little more difficult to be associated with those views. So, for instance, there’s this broadside against ineffective math…

There’s No Cloning in Football

Sunday night, the Patriots lost a heartbreaker to the Colts 35-34. The talk of the sports world yesterday was Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on fouth-and-two on his own 28 yard line when he was up by six with just over two minutes to play. They didn’t get the first down, and turned…

It’s fall, which means that the major American sports are all ramping up (baseball is in its brief period of being interesting, the NFL is nearing the middle of its season, the NBA has just gotten underway, which means that real basketball will start soon). This also means that the major advertisers have rolled out…

Sports and Music Poll: Super Bowl LIV

I’ve been up late all this week grading things, and I have lab all morning, so I’m not going to do any detailed blogging about subtle aspects of physics. So here’s something from the pop culture side: I was listening to Bill Simmons’s ESPN podcast with Chuck Klosterman yesterday, and at one point, they talk…

Giants 33, Cowboys 31

Well, that kept me up way past bedtime– my 9:15 lecture is going to be fantastic– but at least my Giants pulled out the win at the end. I couldn’t think of a better way to open the Cowboys’ new stadium… And really, there’s no better metaphor for the Cowboys in the Jerry Jones era…

Fantasy Sports Are Killing America

Summer is drawing to a close, which means we’re finally starting to get some actual sports to talk about, after a long, dull stretch of nothing but baseball. So I’ve started listening to “Mike and Mike” again in the mornings in my office. Which may have been a mistake because I’ve just had to listen…

Rationality Stops on Sunday

I am a fan of the New York Giants. I believe that they can win every game they play. I hope that they will win every game that they play. I get emotionally involved in their games to such a degree that my heart pounds and I get short of breath when they face a…

MJ, Fame, Writing, and More

If you’re desperate for something to fill your Friday afternoon, and not the comment-leaving sort, you could do a lot worse than spending an hour and a half (give or take) with Chuck Klosternman and Bill Simmons in their two part ESPN podcast. It’s nominally about sports, but they spend a good bit of time…