Basketball is not one of my favorite sports. Generally speaking, the season is too long, teams don’t really play defense, scoring is too easy, and, when games are close at the end, the losing team constantly fouls the winning team to try and preserve clock time — what could be the most exciting part of the game is reduced to abject drudgery.
The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, also known as “March Madness”, can be very exciting due to it’s single-elimination format, however, the way they play the last few minutes of close games mars an otherwise enjoyable experience.
I know that strategy works once in a while, but that doesn’t make it fun to watch.
As the NCAA tournament got closer this year, I began to wonder just how long, on average, the last two minutes of a game actually takes to play, and if the closeness of the score matters. So, during the tournament, I got out my trusty stopwatch (last seen during Super Bowl XLIV) and timed the last two minutes of as many games as I could.
An astrophysicist and an economist get together and make a new calendar that will have dates fall on the same day year after year. They’re shooting for 2017 for worldwide adoption.
The calendar would accomplish this by means of a 364-day year — augmented every five or six years with an extra week tacked on at the end.
Yeah, that makes it so much cleaner. Good luck with that.
In mid-January, the Wall Street Journal analyzed the actual amount of play time of the average football game. They added up the amount of time the ball was actually alive and in play in four different games, and it averaged out to about 11 minutes. They concluded that the average game broadcast on TV shows 17 minutes of replays and 67 minutes of players standing around. With the biggest game of the year coming up, I decided to do my own analysis of the actual play time. Here are the results:
It’s taunting, and mocking, and generally just having a good time at my expense. Case in point:
Well, I fought through the laziness and went to change the clock on the coffee maker. It took about 10 minutes but I got it done. The only problem is that I’m not sure that I didn’t eff up some of the other settings while trying to figure out how to change it.
The hardest clock to change now is the automatic on/off timer for the fish tank light. It’s an analog circular device that is not very accurate. Usually the lights go on and off within 30 minutes of the preset time, so it always takes a few days of trial and error to get it right.
Whenever it’s time to change the clocks, I always have a hard time getting every clock. The alarm clock is usually taken care of automatically since it’s one of those that syncs with the atomic clock using radio signals. If that doesn’t work, I do it manually. The clock in the living room I also do manually right away since it is the clock I look at most. Watches are done the first time I wear them after the time change. The two that always present a problem are the coffee maker, and the microwave oven.
The coffee maker is just hard to change, so it always waits a day or two while I look for the manual. The dangerous thing about this is that the coffee is not ready when I wake up, which makes for a cranky Josh. The microwave is a problem because I only use the clock on it while I’m washing the dishes, but because my hands are all wet and soapy, I don’t change it when I look at it and see that it’s off, and by the time I am done washing the dishes, I have forgotten all about it.
I guess now would be a good time to change both, but I’m lazy and will probably just go to bed instead.