Makes it seem like far less of a coincidence that it was Jose Molina catching when Brett Lawrie was twice denied a walk.
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I went surfing and it wasn’t great. It just required so much paddling compared to the thrill of riding waves (if caught, and even then, standing up is tough). So I started wondering about the fun of an activity vs the effort it requires. I wondered if there was a ratio above which the activity becomes “worth it”.
Volleyball and golf are low-effort and lots of fun. Squash, soccer, and ultimate are high-effort, but also fun. Baseball isn’t as fun, but definitely requires less effort.
The issue of going to the gym to work out – not fun by any means, but still something I enjoy, ruins this whole idea. There must be other factors. Feeling of reward from good exercise and possibly endorphins. And then level of competition, the company you’re around, etc.
It’s nice that things can’t be boiled down to just numbers. Some concepts are just too complicated. Life is complicated. If it was so simple, it wouldn’t be worth doing.
Does it make a difference to a hockey team if the player who takes a penalty is a defenceman rather than a forward? I’ve never played hockey, but it seems like it would be worse to have a defenceman in the box. Because a power-play unit is usually 2F, 2D, that might tire your 5 defencemen a little more. Or would it not really matter?
What a good night for Burrows. And Vancouver.
What games would people watch on TV? They probably all exist already in some fashion, but here are some thoughts:
Televised Poker (nobody would ever watch this, right?)
Televised Call of Duty
Televised Magic: The Gathering
Televised Beer Pong
When I thought about things like poker and darts, I wondered where the line is drawn between “game” and “sport”, and also “activity”. Is darts a sport? If a sport involves physical ability, including dexterity, then beer pong is just as much a sport as darts. And considering “activity”: I would think that snowboarding and biking are sports when you race or do tricks in competition, and activities otherwise. It follows then that individual things can be “activities” but team things can’t. No matter how little you care about winning, I would still call volleyball and rugby “sports”. Golf is some sort of exception, because playing a round alone, even if you don’t keep score, I believe would still qualify as a sport.
And now I can’t stop thinking about this.
When I noticed that Vancouver had handily won the Western Conference, but the other four teams in their division didn’t even make the playoffs, it begged the question, did Vancouver do well just by beating up on crappy teams in their division, or were they great, and teams like Calgary struggled because they had to play powerhouse Vancouver six times.
With a breakdown of record by division, it stands out that the western playoff-bound teams beat up on the Northwest division, but only Vancouver also beat up on the Pacific and Central. Only San Jose came close to Vancouver’s record, but they didn’t hold up against the East.
Vancouver is legit. Hopefully they can turn regular season success into a long playoff run. Anything less than taking the conference final to 7 games should be considered a failure. Go ‘Nucks!
I love Toronto. Only in a city this diverse would I find out that India won the world cricket championship, without the media. It was even my first guess when I stepped out of the subway and saw about 25 people cheering and waving Indian flags.
Last night I went to the Jays home opener. I’d never been to a sellout game (or anything even close) and the crowd fever was contagious. I was excited enough anyway. Congrats to Robbie Alomar and Pat Gillick for their inductions into the Hall of Fame. Now I wonder if they’ll retire Alomar’s #12. Toronto teams don’t seem to like retiring numbers, but I like the gesture to players who contribute so much to the local sports scene.
There’s a World Cup of Football going on right now, and despite the obvious popularity, somehow I’m hearing nearly as much about it from people expressing their dislike of the whole thing. Ok, free speech, no problem. But: Really? I can’t remember any good event for which more people have denounced it. And to clear any misunderstanding, by “good”, I mean positive and enjoyable, rather than things like the Gaza blockade, or Mike Harris’ honourary degree*.
I can’t wait for school to end so I can watch more matches. Here’s how excited I am to watch more soccer: I will get up in the morning.
I’m torn, too, about the vuvuzela, aka those annoying horns. They’re so bad that when I first turned on a game, I wondered if my TV was busted. Then again, they represent both national pride (imagine people wanting to ban our Olympic mittens!) and home field advantage.
I like this quotation: “A ban would rob the tournament of part of its cultural identity, leaving thousands of locals perplexed: could you imagine being told by an international body that you could no longer drink beer at American football games, or fall asleep during baseball?” Ryan Bailey, Yahoo Sports
I still wish I was going to South Africa, despite the $3000 plane tickets. I’ll make another try for Brazil in 2014. Cheers!