Saturday, November 17, 2007

the wonkish sports column

I suspect that because the Steelers are playing the New York Jets this weekend you get the notice of the game in the world of financial news. See Bloomberg's take on the game.

For another Steelers mention in a larger context see this story from earlier in the week on Slate: The NFL Outsmarts Itself.

Even a comment on former Burgher Barry Bonds: something I mentioned a while ago. Editor and Publisher no longer has the column online. But author Michael Witte recently wrote a detailed piece on how Barry Bonds' quite advanced elbow armor device could be providing him a far greater advantage when it comes to hitting bags of leather encased string long distances. Sports Illustrated discussed the advantages of the elbow armor in years past, see: Roboplayers: Body armor brings new meaning to 'taking one for the team'. As I recall, the thing that struck me is that his device is not permitted for players these days, but he is allowed to use said device only because of a grandfather clause that applies to him and others who started wearing these long ago. He does seem to be allowed to upgrade the device even. Can anyone say 'advanced materials'.


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Barry Bonds: He's more machine than man, now. Twisted and evil.

The Steelers: What worries me is that the Jets are just EXACTLY the kind of team the Steelers would lose to right now. Terrible, but hungry. If we manage to play four quarters of consistent football and come out with a respectable win, that will be another testament to Mike Tomlin.

Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:33:00 PM  

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