Monthly Archives: September 2013

Why don’t the Baltimore Ravens run the ball more?

I hear this question – often phrased as a complaint – from other Ravens fans on a regular basis. This year the answer is simple – they aren’t very good at it. Through three weeks the Ravens have run 88 rushing … Continue reading

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Breaking the Plane: In the NFL, why does the goal-line extend vertically through space into infinity?

Like you, my friends grumble about the NFL “breaking the plane of the goal line” rule. And they are irritated that touchdowns are called when a ball in player possession touches the pylon. Why doesn’t the ball-carrier have to get into the end-zone to score … Continue reading

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Was Ty Cobb more racist than his contemporaries?

That’s the popular belief. Ty Cobb was certainly portrayed as a particularly nasty sort of racist in his posthumous biography by Al Stump (based off a long article in True Magazine that formed the basis for the Ron Shelton move, … Continue reading

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But did they cheat me? II

…More to the point, how have PED-using baseball players cheated me, as a fan? Let’s consider, as a counter-example, a situation where players might truly cheat fans: when players (or managers) consort with gamblers. The influence of gamblers in baseball … Continue reading

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