Daily Archives: May 5, 2009

Comments

Hey, just added a new thing on the right.  It just lists the last few comments, so you can see what people are saying.

I think this is handy, as with each day’s post previous discussions sort of get shoved aside.   This way perhaps they don’t so quickly, and perhaps discussions can keep a bit of momentum.

Whoosh

They used to say of Sandy Koufax that his fastball would ‘rise’ on batters.   Most fastballs naturally sink;  Koufax’s would soar, jumping over bats and smashing into the catcher’s mitt.   Frightening stuff.

In reality a fastball can’t really rise if it’s to be a strike, but an optical illusion makes it look like it does.   Our eyes see fast moving objects and compute trajectories for them; we see a fastball and it’s meant to sink, but if it’s that bit faster it doesn’t sink so much, so our eyes think it’s rising.

Cristiano Ronaldo just completely busted Manuel Almunia for pace.  Almunia thought that ball was dipping like any other fast moving football would.   Nope.   This one just kept on flying.  Awesome.

158th and rising

Ha.  Did you know that we are the 158th best team in the world?  Well we are.  It’s official.

Brian sent me this link today, and as best I can tell it’s the rankings FIFA uses for whatever it is FIFA does with these things.    Here is our peer group:

rankings

How good is that?  Are Dynamos Harara really at a similar level?  I might humbly suggest that their adjusting coefficients are off a smidge, but then I’ve never seen Dynamos Harara play.

Here is how they calculate it.   So by winning games you get points, and bigger leagues are weighted “4”, and medium “3” and small “2”.  So Uzbek legends FK Bunyodkor Tashkent (66) need to win twice as many games as a team in the English league to get the same points, and then presumably get more points still if they do well in any local Champions Leagues.

So there we are.  Bit of fun really.  Here’s hoping we can maintain the progress and catch Ireland’s St Patrick’s Athletic (144) soon.