Monday, January 26

American football secret

Ok, as I start this post I've got 9 windows open with 30 total tabs. Terrible habit.

+ There's an apocryphal version of Kurt and Brenda Warner's inspiring story going around via email again. Here's the real version (with sources).

+ Nice SI article: Cold Hard Football Facts: Why Warner is better QB than Manning

+ Interesting playoff criticism: Cold Hard Football Facts: Playoff system ruined by 2002 realignment

+ Via tdaxp:

+ There is a ton that could be said about this article. In fact, the author has since expanded it into a whole book: What it takes to be great:
Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work.

What I have thought about most frequently since I read this article is video games. To beat the level, you have to get better, period. Instant feedback, hard work, and a tangible reward. Pretty effective training system. Can we port it over to more important pursuits?

There, that's better 5 windows with 19 tabs.
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