Sports Shorts

Some musings from the last few days:

At The Arena

I was amazed at how little I actually watched of the Raptors-Clippers game the other night at the ACC. I was socializing with a big group and the game just seemed to happen in the background. It didn't help that the game was generally a snoozer for 3 quarters — but I was still surprised since I have not been to enough pro sports events to become jaded with the process.

Perfection

Through six quarters of playoff football, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had a "perfect" QB rating of 158.3, despite the fact that he was "only" 30-for-38 passing up until that point. What exactly is perfection? Can perfection be achieved in sport?

To The Max

I was watching Michael Jordan to the Max this morning, and two things jumped out at me. The first was that Chicago's United Center was packed to watch Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals between the Bulls and the Utah Jazz, which was being played in Salt Lake City. Now this practice of a visiting team playing the game at their home arena or stadium for the fans who couldn't make it has existed for some time. However, it very much struck me that the Chicago crowd was going nuts, the cheerleaders were dancing on the hardwood, and the game was being played on the big screen. (Presumably, one could purchase expensive concessions as well.)

The other item of note from the video was the use of "Bullet Time" technology to give the 270-degree pan of Jordan's signature tongue-wagging, leg-hanging dunk from the free throw line. Beyond the Matrix-like effect of altering linear time, it was also significant for the fact that the dunk was seemingly performed on a slightly shorter than regulation rim, and well within the free throw line. With the magic of CGI, however, the Jordan of old became Neo, floating through the air to slam the ball through the rim. The One.

Vegas Odds

Is gambling on NFL games a pure market economy with perfect information?

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