Posts Tagged ‘sports’

When Fantasy Sports Beat Real Ones

August 9, 2015

Dream teams http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/13/dream-teams The “Gamification of Fandom,” making the fans into the players & the players into statistical pawns

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The fan of the not too distant future, Goldstein said, will want better telecom service within the stadiums so that he can follow his fantasy teams at the same time as he is watching the game. “You’ll have an iPad mounted into the seat, and on that iPad you’ll have the RedZone channel,” he said. “Can you imagine? I pay, I can lean back, I can sit, and I can be in my living room—but in the stadium. That’s what we’re doing in the theatres.”

What explains the temptation to make games of the watching of games? Last month, I joined Fantasy Iditarod, and the two or three hours that I spent compiling my team of Alaskan dog mushers were a nirvana of pure concentration. I had twenty-seven thousand “dollars” to spend on seven sled drivers, whose “salaries” were calibrated such that you couldn’t just stock up on favorites and former champions. The process reminded me of something Dan Okrent said, when describing what he called the “one, overriding positive contribution” that Rotisserie baseball had made to the actual sport, which was that, after you started playing,

The gamification of fandom is alluring because it provides an application for the things you’ve learned—or think you’ve learned—in the course of wasting so much time that could have been spent reading Proust, or playing with your kids, or donating blood. It’s a hedge against existential despair, a measurable opportunity to “succeed” at what might otherwise be called futility. I went to Alaska on assignment a couple of years ago, to see the Iditarod in person, and was sufficiently transfixed by the new sporting subculture that I’ve continued to follow its developments from afar.

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Exploring Why Some People Get Fitter Than Others

June 21, 2015

Exploring Why Some…Get Fitter Than Others
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/why-some-people-get-fitter-than-others Now, SNP & expression chips on exercising mice; in future, on people

New York Yankees on the Forbes MLB Team Valuations List

August 2, 2014

New York Yankees

Team Value: $2,500 M
Team Value calculated March 2014

At a Glance

Owner: Steinbrenner Family
Championships: 27
Price Paid: $10 M
Year Purchased: 1973
Revenue : $461 M
Operating Income : $-9.1 M
Debt/Value : 1%
Player Expenses : $225 M

http://www.forbes.com/teams/new-york-yankees

New York Yankees on the Forbes MLB Team Valuations List

July 23, 2014

New York Yankees

Team Value: $2,500 M
Team Value calculated March 2014

At a Glance

Owner: Steinbrenner Family
Championships: 27
Price Paid: $10 M
Year Purchased: 1973
Revenue : $461 M
Operating Income : $-9.1 M
Debt/Value : 1%
Player Expenses : $225 M

http://www.forbes.com/teams/new-york-yankees

Burkhard Bilger: The Dark and Dangerous World of Extreme Cavers : The New Yorker

May 30, 2014

In deep: The dark and dangerous world of extreme #cavers. Ultimate superlight gear & max calories burned per hour.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/04/21/140421fa_fact_bilger

BY BURKHARD BILGER

Sports, Complexity, and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule : The New Yorker

April 22, 2014

#Sports, Complexity & 10K-hr Rule (1/2): @Gladwell subtly rebuts @davidepstein on nurture v nature
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2013/08/psychology-ten-thousand-hour-rule-complexity.html HT @coreyspowell

.@Gladwell discounts @davidepstein track counter-ex. Argues rule works for complex, cognitive tasks. I disagree. (2/2) Sports… 10K-hr Rule

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#Sports, Complexity & 10K-hr Rule: Gladwell subtly rebuts davidepstein on nurture v nature
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2013/08/psychology-ten-thousand-hour-rule-complexity.html. Gladwell discounts davidepstein track counter-ex. Argues rule works for complex, cognitive tasks. I disagree.

Statistics and the hot hand

March 29, 2014

The hot hand might be real after all: But streaking shooters only 1-2% more likely than #random to make next basket
http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/02/09/the-hot-hand-might-real-after-all/N8V34bGLWhPqk0Sx9yoHWI/story.html

The Sports Gene Considers the Root of Athletic Success – NYTimes.com

August 27, 2013

The #Sports Gene Considers… Athletic Success: Nature v nurture in the stadium & #genetics class
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/science/the-sports-gene-considers-the-root-of-athletic-success.html MT @CoachWonk

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/science/the-sports-gene-considers-the-root-of-athletic-success.html

Daniel Lieberman long-distance running: We evolved endurance and dislike of running. – Slate Magazine

June 23, 2013

We evolved endurance to exhaust prey & great head stabilization but dislike of exercise http://bit.ly/11wh0zV via @gandruemom @slate
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/new_scientist/2013/06/daniel_lieberman_long_distance_running_we_evolved_endurance_and_dislike.html

Lance Armstrong Interview With Oprah Winfrey Lacked Emotion – NYTimes.com

January 21, 2013

an ultimate cool cucumber — amazing that he sued those telling the truth about his doping
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/arts/television/lance-armstrong-interview-with-oprah-winfrey-lacked-emotion.html?_r=0