Thursday, November 13, 2008

An interesting article in the New York Times today about the dangerous lives of wedgebusters.

I remember reading about Teddy Roosevelt's intervention, which, if I'm not mistaken, lead to the legalization of the forward pass. (He was prompted to threaten to abolish the game because fatal injuries began occurring at an incredible rate: I'm pretty sure it was something like four per game.)

Anyway, while the article itself was interesting, it could have benefited by having one part edited. Or cut outright:
These kickoff plays, like the Flying Wedge of old, involve players running downfield at high speed before contact. There is no need to major in physics to calculate the results, but Blackburn, who studied mathematics at Akron, can do the math.

“When two offensive linemen or defensive linemen are coming together, you’re looking at 600 pounds coming at you,” Blackburn said. “A lot of just brutal, brutal contact in that situation.”
Soooo basically the "math" that studying mathematics at Akron will allow you to do is...second grade addition? Wow. Good for you, Blackburn.

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