Category: Sports

Game 7

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Game 7 in the World series. What could be more. Doesn’t matter if it’s your team. You know these teams have clawed their way to a tie. If that doesn’t get you in your seat at game time, you are just not a baseball fan. Colavito? The billy goat? One of them is going down […]

Bring on the Olympic Swag

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OLYMPIC.ORG | In time-honoured tradition, collectors and sports fans keen to get their hands on mementoes from the first ever Olympic Games to take place in South America have no shortage of specially designed memorabilia to choose from.

Weight or PSI

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I was thinking about it last night. Are the game balls weighed or is the psi of the game balls checked before the game and again at half time? Think of the tires on your car. You don’t weigh those. You use a pressure gauge to check the psi to see if they’re properly inflated. I checked, and that’s precisely what the […]

Tom Brady-ism

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It’s possible if you are not from New England, that you don’t quite get the thing with Tom Brady. The fact is, he’s not just revered – he’s idolized. From when you’re a kid, the Patriots are the team and since the 2000 season or so, Brady has been the quarterback. Watching him throw is a pleasure and the […]

Why Deflate a Football

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If you’re a Pats fan, you’re used to dubious behavior on the part of a team that’s good enough – absolutely – to have no need for dubious behavior. Especially in the weeks before the Super Bowl, claims of dubious behavior – aka cheating – are the last thing you want to hear. Yet here […]

Fans: Yankees vs Mets

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So which is better? To be a Yankees fan or a Mets fan? As a lifelong Yankees fan, there’s no doubt in my mind which is best. NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet is a lifelong Mets fan. Here’s Baseball’s Chief Geek’s hilarious explanation of why it’s healthier and more productive to be a Mets fan. “I tell people […]

Bukiet Baseball Model

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How does NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet’s baseball projection model work? Baseball’s Chief Geek and I discussed what it takes – in terms of logic and computing time – to model a baseball game. We also discussed the difficulty of modeling baseball compared to sports like basketball or football. It’s to Bukiet’s credit, and talent in […]

Play Ball!

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It’s Opening Day! The start of the baseball season. What could be more? For the rest of the week, I’ll be posting excerpts from an interview I had with NJIT Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bruce Bukiet, aka Baseball’s Chief Geek. He’s a mathematician with a bias toward math with a purpose. His annual projections […]

Did Jon Lester Cheat?

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The truth of the matter is that surreptitiously altering the surface of the ball is sort of a time-worn tradition. Not a noble tradition, to be sure, but one that is viewed as much a part of the game of baseball as adjusting yourself or spitting tobacco juice.

MRSA and Pro Football

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MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It’s an infection that’s caused be a type of staph bacteria that is very difficult to treat. The difficulty lies in the fact that this particular strain of bacteria has become resistant to the antibiotics usually used to treat it.

Lying Lance

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So Lance Armstrong lied. The dreary weather matches my dreary mood. It’s not even that he used whatever he used. It’s almost not even that he had a fairly elaborate system in place to do what he did. It’s that he lied. Repeatedly.

The Fastest Man in the World

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I’ve just started reading “The Perfection Point,” by John Brenkus — host of ESPN’s Sport Science. The first chapter calculates the maximum speed for the 100-meter sprint. Using the actual performance of Beijing Olympic championship runner Usian Bolt of Jamaica as a starting point, Brenkus arrives at a theoretical maximum fastest time of 8.99 minutes. Of […]

Check Out … Steven Strogatz

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Here’s a little something to keep you busy until I post again. It’s a column by Steven Strogatz “professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where […]

Baseball/Numb3rs/Bill Nye

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Yes! Opening Day is just over the horizon. It’s baseball time again!. Fantasy Teams. Picks for best of the season. I love this time of year. Numb3rs had a show in 2005 that’s still one of my favorites. It had Bill Nye pitching a disastrous curve ball to Larry. And a steroid-detecting statistical program developed […]

Aerodynamics of a Baseball in Flight

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Nine inches in circumference. Weighing in at about five ounces. Made of cork wound with woolen yarn covered with two layers of cowhide stitched by hand precisely two hundred sixteen times… Every baseball used in Major League play today is made to these specs. Over the years there have been claims of juicing, concerns about […]