With apologies to my friends who are Penn State alumni, and will likely take offense. Wrong is wrong.
I was so happy to see Bobby Bowden demand back the 12 wins he lost because of a cheating scandal. Not only does it call out the entitlement and absurd priorities of these men, it shows what college officials think of the NCAA after they backed off Penn State.
I think you need to be about three different varieties of geeky for this to be funny. Luckily, I am.
Deadspin’s Adam Gretz yesterday published his argument that the hockey enforcer is “the most useless role in sports,” including a statistical analysis that shows the presence of enforcers on the ice or bench in modern NHL games does nothing to deter injuries. It’s well worth reading, though like most arguments against fighting in hockey, its lack of understanding for the sport’s nuances suggests Gretz has never actually played–something I may or may not be completely wrong about.
The math is enlightening, certainly, but the thesis ignores recent historical development. It’s the NHL who diminished the role of the enforcer, and made their players less safe by removing the opportunity for them to police themselves. I would be very interested to see the same mathematical analysis on the NHL game before the “third-man-in” and “instigator” rules effectively took away the ability of an enforcer to protect his team-mates without hurting his team. Maybe there was no statistical basis for this idea either, but I’m betting it would show. Continue Reading