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February 25, 2013

Manicured Lawns, Foreboding Buildings, Lots of Time to Write Poetry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Chaten @ 1:18 PM



*I realize this post makes no sense to most readers. Denison FTW!


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.

November 7, 2012

WSJ Follow-up to #Peterffy Ads #election2012

Filed under: Business,Economics,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 3:34 PM

I just wanted to post a quick update to the last post.  Liberals have been skewering Mr. Peterffy, though I think many in this country would be happy to see a candidate (or at least a party) that fits his vision.  Here’s a quote from an article in the WSJ following the election:

“…last night’s results made [Mr. Peterffy] more upset with the ‘extreme right’ for driving away centrist voters.

Mr. Peterffy said he now is considering…creating ‘a political force that is for economic freedom, freedom of choice and pro-environment,’ he said in an email. Issues such as abortion and sexual preference ‘should not be political considerations.'”

Congrats to the Obama campaign on their victory last night.   Ohio may have been ‘bought’ by an auto bail out, but states like Virginia and Florida also stayed blue. The American swing voters were not completely on-board with the bellicose stance taken by the GOP in congress, and the divide-and-conquer strategies of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist were defeated.

Much to learn from this cycle.



November 5, 2012

The Best Political Ad of this Cycle #peterffy

Filed under: Marketing & Advertising,Movies / TV / Media,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 7:04 PM

By now, you have likely seen your fill of political ad, especially those of you residing in swing states like Ohio and Wisconsin.  But I beg you to watch just this one more, because I think it is the model all privately-funded ads should take.  For the moment, please put partisanship aside, and focus on the end of the ad (the ‘this ad was paid for’ part):

Notice anything different about this ad?  Instead of rich guys like the Koch brothers and George Soros hiding behind a PAC, Mr. Peterffy states his position, why he believes it, and puts is name on the by-line.  He’s saying, “Here I am, here’s my thinking, and this is why I think this way.”

This is a lot more real than taking potshots from the cheap seats behind a SuperPac.  You may not agree with Mr. Peterffy, but you have to applaud him standing in front of his message.

Regardless of your position, please vote tomorrow.  It is what makes this country great.  Also, starting……..all orders get $20.12 off with the code ‘ivote’ .