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February 12, 2013

Things That Are Olympic ‘Sports’ instead of Wrestling #olympicwrestling

Filed under: Marketing & Advertising,Movies / TV / Media,Politics,Sports — Chris Chaten @ 9:58 PM

If you haven’t heard, the IOC, possibly the world’s leading corrupt sports organization*, has cut wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games.  Just for comparison, here’s a few that are sticking around:

Ribbon Twirling and Hula Hooping
Walking like you really have to go to the bathroom for 10 kilometers
Water Ballet
Ping Pong
Jumping on Trampolines
Horse dancing


*Just in front of FIFA and the NCAA

January 16, 2013

Does Tiger Woods Perform Better in Black Shoes? #sportsplusnumbers #golf @tigerwoods

Filed under: Business,Sports — Chris Chaten @ 9:34 AM

(Note: For more awesome sports-data analysis visit the Sports + Numbers blog.)

The 2013 golf season kicks off tonight for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi1. Coming off of a solid 2012, Tiger is looking to break a 5-year major slump. In order to close the deal on Sundays, I have one suggestion for Tiger: wear black shoes.


For every final round, Tiger sports a red shirt with black trousers. To begin 2012, he started wearing his new Free-inspired golf shoes. Some Sundays, he paired the black pants with white shoes, sometimes black.

In addition to looking foolish wearing white shoes with black pants, there is highly suggestive data that indicates performance is markedly improved with the black shoes2.

Over the course of 17 events in 2012, starting with Abu Dhabi in January and finishing with the Tour Championship in September, Tiger shot and average of 3.7 strokes better on Sunday wearing black shoes compared to white. But, perhaps, Tiger wore the black shoes on easier courses…

He did, but the effect is slight. Tiger still is 3.21 shots better compared to the average field performance in black over white. Take a look at the raw data:


Despite this overwhelming data regarding shoe color, the more telling behavior here is the performance in major championships3. Here, he averaged .43 shots above the field on Sunday, never beating the field.  Comparatively, for the three victories, Tiger’s Sundays bested the field by almost 5 shots.


1. 10:00 PM Eastern, Golf Channel
2. Data is clearly not significant. It only measures 17 events, of which, the back half are loaded with black shoes.  Tiger was 0.3 shots better in the second half of the year net to field.
3. The Masters, US Open, Open Championship, & PGA Championship.

September 6, 2012

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Swimfan! #stalkthis

Filed under: Movies / TV / Media,Sports — Chris Chaten @ 7:45 AM

On this date 10 years ago, the most accurate account of the plight of high school swimmers everywhere was released.  Swimfan, featuring Parenthood star Erika Christensen, showed the plight that I, and countless other guys, had to endure as an irresistibly fit promising varsity HS swimmer.

My favorite scene is the 200 free when Ben finishes at the opposite side of the pool from the starting blocks.  Yep.


September 4, 2012

NFL Sunday Ticket App Now Available on PS3 #gocolts

Filed under: Movies / TV / Media,Sports,Technology & Internet — Chris Chaten @ 7:45 AM

As they did last year, DirecTV is releasing an NFL Sunday Ticket app for the PS3 which provides live streaming of every out-of-market game and the Red Zone channel, which features scoring plays of all games.

It is available now, just in time for the start of the season.  The cost is $299, which is a $40 price cut from last year.


Go Colts!

August 16, 2012

The Olympics are Over, but You Have to Watch This….

Filed under: Sports — Chris Chaten @ 5:39 PM

Watch until the end. The best 3 1/2 minutes in sporting commentary ever.