From an article with the same title in The Onion:
Representatives from the Clemens family met with the star pitcher over an informal dinner Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of keeping Roger Clemens home for one more season, sources close to the family reported.
Baseball analysts are calling the one-year, $10 million contract a last-ditch effort on the family's part to bring the seven-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time World's Greatest Dad back to his roots.
"It's hard to put a dollar amount on what Roger has historically meant to this family," said Clemens' wife Debbie, who has been handling most of the negotiations. "Many of the younger members of this organization really look up to Rogerâ€”growing up, he was their hero. Now Roger has the chance to be a kind of mentor to guys like Kacy and Kody. They have really been lacking the strong veteran presence that's so crucial at this point in their careers."
"We need you, Roger," Debbie added. "Please come home."
From a press release from Indiana Univ.:
Indiana University scientist Chuck Bower and two partners from the business world, Frank Frigo of Louisville, Ky., and Bo Durickovic of Austin, Texas, have created ZEUS, a computer model of football as it's played in the National Football League, based on years of NFL statistics. ZEUS runs on an off-the-shelf laptop, perfect for a football sideline or a coach's booth above the playing field.
ZEUS is designed to do what a coach needs to do during a game but can't -- calculate the consequences of a decision before he calls the next play. Accept the penalty or decline it? Challenge the official's call or not? Go for it on fourth down or punt? Go for one extra point or two after the touchdown?
These are the kinds of decisions that often determine the outcome of a game, especially a close one. In many situations the decision is obvious, but sometimes it's not clear which choice offers the best chance to win. That's where ZEUS comes in.
From YouTube, footage of the 2006 slam dunk contest (turn down your speaker volume if you want to avoid hearing the explicit rap lyrics):
It's 4th and goal in the first quarter of a football game. Should you go for it or kick a field goal? From a story by Robert Roy Britt on MSNBC:
...the decision is consistently botched, according to a new study by David Romer of the University of California at Berkeley.
In a series of case studies, Romer found coaches to be overly conservative, opting for field goals in situations where, on average, choosing to go for a first down or a touchdown would up the odds of winning by 3 percent.
In particular, Romer found that when faced with fourth-and-goal on the 2-yard line early in the game, going for a touchdown is the much wiser choice. While the field goal is a near certainty, getting a touchdown in that situation has about a 43 percent chance of success, he calculates. And failing to score a TD at least leaves the opponent deep in its own territory.
But in nine case studies of this situation, the teams booted against the odds.
After doing a whole bunch of complex math, and considering things like momentum and field position in more than 700 real NFL game situations, Romer concludes that whenever the chance of a touchdown is statistically 18 percent, that's the better choice.
This afternoon us boys watched Lipscomb play Belmont in basketball on ESPN2 for the Atlantic Sun tournament championship and a bid to the NCAA tournament. Lipscomb had a short shot at the end of regulation to win it, but missed. Belmont then won the game in overtime. Since they were the number 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun after the regular season, Lipscomb gets the consolation prize of making their first trip to the NIT. Too bad they won't be going to their first NCAA tournament instead.
By now you've probably heard about the autistic high school kid Jason McElwain who got a chance to play in a game and in three minutes sank six three-pointers and another shot, for a total of 20 points. You can read the stories and watch the videos at CBS News and ESPN. It's a feel-good tear-jerker.
The Wanous and Sitter families came over tonight to watch the Super Bowl. Lots of blunders by both teams, but the good guys won. They capitalized on most of their opportunities, and the Seahawks didn't.