Monthly Archives: March 2013

A few notes on recent “repeats” in major teams sports (U.S.)

Since the 2000 season, how often do teams have won championships in back-to-back seasons in the four major (U.S.) team sports? To sharpen the question – how many season champions also won the championship the previous year? In Major League … Continue reading

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An Odd Flu Season, 2009

The Swine Flu – H1N1 – caused quite a panic around the globe. This flu – though recognized to be among the milder of seasonal influenzas – had one terrifying trait: it was said to be more deadly for otherwise healthy … Continue reading

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Soccer in the United States and the World, Part 3

The conventional belief holds that soccer is the most popular sport everywhere in the world except the United States, yet: The United States appears to be the second largest soccer market in the world, and is poised to take over the #1 slot. … Continue reading

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Soccer in the United States and the World, Part 2

The conventional belief holds that soccer is the most popular sport everywhere in the world except the United States, but: Basketball is played by more people – worldwide – than soccer. Claims about soccer’s popularity often fail to distinguish between the game as … Continue reading

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Are alcoholic beverages good for you?

The Skinny: The evidence is unreliable and it is being misread. The evidence actually suggests that even moderate alcohol consumption is bad for you. But the evidence is of the most unreliable sort. Those of us who like to drink … Continue reading

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