Category Archives: sports

This High School football coach plays “Would You Rather” Math, and so should you

Add “Would You Rather?” to your bookmarks. Phrasing math problems in terms of “Would You Rather” is simple and brilliant. I love this framework for three reasons: 1) It’s relatable. We’ve all wondered whether it’s more efficient to mow the … Continue reading

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are complaining about having the second pick in the NBA Draft. Do they have a point?

Lest this become a sports-draft blog, I feel contractually obligated to post about the NBA Draft Lottery, what with the Cavs winning and the statistical odds and all. Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers (my favorite team for you non-twitter followers) … Continue reading

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Do NFL teams actually use that draft pick chart when trading draft picks?

The 2011 National Football League draft of players is tomorrow, and I was inspired by a really interesting post over on Mr. Honner’s blog regarding the NFL Draft Pick Trade Value chart and exponential decay. The gist is this: somewhere, … Continue reading

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A 90-yard punt ; Quadratics

So upon my call last week for quadratic activities, I got a ton of resources in my inbox. I’ll post them soon after I’ve had a chance to look through them. Until then, here’s something I cooked up that could … Continue reading

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My $100 Super Bowl Pick Pack

Now that we’ve heard from Drew, I’ll toss out a few picks that I think are smart mathematically. (Editors note: Don’t gamble on sports. Don’t do it. It’s incredibly stupid. Never, ever use real money to bet on sports. This … Continue reading

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One person’s $100 Super Bowl Pick Pack

(note: that does not imply that he’s picking the Pack.) Based on our discussion on Friday’s Super Bowl prop bet post , we thought a fun, and possibly marginally educational, activity would be to let students (and teachers!) have $100 … Continue reading

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The Super Bowl is 100/1 odds to be in the 71+ point range; is that a good bet?

ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons and fellow sports gambling addict Cousin Sal had their annual Super Bowl prop bets podcast where they discussed the best gambling deals of this Sunday’s Super Bowl (if gambling were legal, *ahem*). Aside: if you haven’t … Continue reading

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