Football Rules I'd Like to See Changed

Football (the American version, mind you) is one of my favorite sports to watch. It beautifully combines athleticism, violence, and strategy into a very entertaining (albeit long) game to watch. Among its features are a myriad of rules that require countless years of watching the game to become familiar with (or perhaps just an afternoon…

How To Make College Football Better (Well, Maybe)

Aside from pro tennis, college football is my favorite sport (and luckily their two seasons rarely come into conflict). Yes, I think college football is more fun to watch than the NFL. Why? I can't really put my finger on it, but I think it has something to do with the fact that college football…

How Professional Tennis Is (kinda) Rigged

While my mind is on the subject of sports being unfair, I thought I'd dive into perhaps my favorite professional sport: tennis. Tennis is, for the most part, a pretty fair game. There is, of course, some variability related to an individual player's performance on a given day, meaning that the winner of a single…

A Few More Reasons Why Sports Shouldn't Have Playoffs

I know I'm kinda beating a dead horse at this point, but I feel it is my civic duty to inform my fellow sports fans about some clearly identifiable ways that sports are doing things wrong. For past posts on this topic, see a breakdown on different sports season structure and why baseball should not…

Is Your Favorite Sport Choosing the Best Team Fairly?

Editor's note: this post got pretty long, so I decided to throw baseball into it's own article...stay tuned.  People like sports. They are exciting to watch, fun to follow, and offer great small talk fodder with people whom you have little in common. For a graphical view of why people like sports, consult the image…

Does Brute Force Always Beat Precision?

The date was July 6, 2008. I sleepily crawled out of bed at 9 a.m. to watch the men's final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. If you are a tennis fan, then you probably remember this match. It is widely considered the greatest tennis match of all time. What made it great? Well, it pitted…