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The Basketball Tournament has finally scored with the Elam Ending. In case you’ve missed it, The Basketball Tournament has adopted Nicholas Patrick’s “hybrid game format for basketball duration” for its preliminary rounds. The format is known now as the Elam Ending, in honor of the author’s last name. Nicholas initially explained the Elam Ending
As football’s overtime format has been debated and changed over the years, it seems each effort to address a particular concern has introduced a new concern of its own. The NCAA introduced overtime in 1996, in part, to eliminate ties from the game. But by doing so, many college football games turn into absolute marathons,
On Veterans Day we honor the people who served in the Armed Forces. Today Andy Piascik highlights several overlooked NFL greats whose careers were impacted by their service in World War II. No event impacted pro football the way World War II did. After Pearl Harbor, there was talk of shutting the pro game down.
In a previous article I discussed some of the shortcomings of OPS as an advanced metric, which naturally leads to the question: “What are the characteristics of good advanced metrics?” While the relative importance of each criterion is debatable (the list that follows is in no particular order), the considerations should be relatively non-controversial. I’ve
During a brutal 1905 football season resulting in multiple fatalities, President Theodore Roosevelt met with college officials to discuss reforming the sport. By December 1905, 62 schools had appointed a rules committee for intercollegiate football. In January, reforms were set in motion, including the legalization of the forward pass and the banning of unnecessary roughness.
Time’s Up for Basketball’s Game Clock, Part III I certainly don’t blame coaches and players for manipulating the game clock and circumventing the spirit of certain rules under the current format. I would do the same in a heartbeat, considering such practices can lead to the best chance (or only chance) to win. If this
In this 2007 NCAA Tournament contest, an 81-81 tie game at the end of regulation became an uncompetitive 96-84 Georgetown victory over North Carolina. In the overtime period, the Tar Heels made just 1 of 13 shots from the field and committed five personal fouls. (Photos by Joe Shlabotnik) Time’s Up for Basketball’s Game Clock,
Regular contributor Patriot makes his SDR debut with a column about OPS. To many in the general population of baseball fans, the singular metric associated with sabermetrics might be On Base Plus Slugging (OPS). OPS has gained a measure of acceptance in the mainstream as an offensive metric in both its raw form and the
In our debut column, Nicholas Patrick proposes to change the format of basketball games from a clocked duration to a hybrid format. This is part one of a three-part series on the topic. Time’s Up for Basketball’s Game Clock, Part I Basketball is awesome…until it’s not awesome. During the late stages of nearly any game