How To Measure An Athlete: Understanding Linmetrics

With eighteen seconds remaining in the 1982 NCAA Basketball Championship game, a scrawny freshman received the ball right of the free throw line and rose straight into the air.  The rest we know as remarkable history.  Michael Jordan would leave North Carolina his senior year (after playing on the 1984 Olympic Team) and become the best basketball player ever.  He won six NBA championships and made one of the most profound, seminal sports commercials of all time in which he recounted the number of last shots he had taken—26—and missed.  It was a quintessential statement not only about sports but … Continue reading How To Measure An Athlete: Understanding Linmetrics

Urging a New Revolution

You could not be faulted reaching the conclusion that William Broad is trying to sell books.  Just before publication of his The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards, Broad unleashed a controversial article on the injuries suffered by yoga students which he soon followed with a provocative expose on the long history of sexual improprieties involving those at the sacred summit of yogadom.  Published in the pages of Broad’s longtime employer, The New York Times, these articles have shaken yoga’s foundation.  Some 737 people left comments on his first article before the NYT closed the spigot.  They did not allow comments on the second. … Continue reading Urging a New Revolution

Everything Tiger

Tiger Woods, if anything, is quintessentially American, and like all elemental things, his experience tells us much more than we know, or may want to know, or concede about the whole. When he crashed and burned a couple of Novembers ago, the world seemed to crash with him. Certainly we learned more about the man than we knew (although some of us did suspect), but it told us much more about us. How do we create, think about and nurture our heroes and icons and greatness. “I am Tiger Woods” repeated person after person in a momentous commercial from a couple of years ago. We will never see that commercial again, however, we suspect that its claim still remains true. Continue reading Everything Tiger