this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
"Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information."
This has been a painfully slow week. So, let's try to stir up some new information that isn't too contriversial, and share what you think is pretty informative or just pretty crazy out there on Wikipedia. Here are some of my favorites:
What if there wasn't a Friday posbang tomorrow? What if we had our normal Friday greetings, gifs, weekend plans, etc, but we resisted the posbang urge? Instead we would read, enjoy, nod knowingly, but not posbang.
I realize that future generations will use Mgopoints for inter-galactic trading of planets and such, but what if, just this once, we passed on the pos-bang?
If they were more rare, wouldn't you value them more? Wouldn't you feel, well, pride at your hard-fought Mgopoints as you go through your daily life?
I know, radical idea.
Regardless, you guys have a great weekend. The summer is definitely here to enjoy.
The first corrupt FIFA exec has been extradited to the U.S.: Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands.
But the best part of this CNN article are the Corrupt FIFA Exec Trading Cards:
Collect 'em all!
Streaming at work via ESPN HERE
Dustin Johnson with a 1 stroke lead so far. All of the Heavy Hitters have teed off.
SB Nation has a fascinating article about a new technology for tracking athletes' mental capabilities. The article in question is specifically about split-second decision-making in baseball, but obviously this would have bearing on all sports. The researchers (a company called deCervo) basically use video games to determine how quickly athletes can make decisions in response to visual stimuli. The article has a link to a short Youtube video that explains the technology pretty succinctly.
We have long discussed athletes' split-second decision-making in terms of "vision" (a batter's ability to "see" a pitch, "court-vision" in basketball, or a running back's ability to "see" an emerging hole in the line). However, vision is a murky and subjective term that causes pointless heated debate amongst fans and coaches (see Trent Richardson's NFL career), so I applaud the effort to make "vision" more analytically rigorous.
At the same time, I wonder if analytics can go too far in quantifying the capabilities of athletes? Could we one day see standardized tests for prospective student-athletes that are comparable to the SAT subject tests?
For the second consecutive year, a study commissioned by USA Swimming tabbed Ann Arbor, Mich., as the country’s best swimming city.Ann Arbor has the largest percentage of top USA Swimming athletes per population and the second-highest number of pool facilities per population of any city in the country. More than 60 Olympians came through the University of Michigan’s swim program, including 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary and fellow gold medalist Tom Dolan.