Monday, March 13, 2006

Gear of The Week

Have you brushed up on Newton’s laws of motion lately? If not, here’s a book that can help. Football Physics: The Science of The Game is an engaging read that actually makes physics fun and relevant to the average dope like me.

Here’s how the author describes the Immaculate Reception: “Tatum’s hit on Fuqua demonstrated the concept of inelastic collisions and conservation of momentum. And Harris’s lucky reception and his open-field run to the goal line was a textbook example of the physics concepts of acceleration, velocity and two-dimensional motion.”

Forget “The Assassin.” How about: Jack “Inelastic Collider” Tatum? All I know is that anyone who calls Franco Harris lucky is a friend of mine.

The author does a good job of applying and explaining physics across the entire football experience, from crowd noise to playing surfaces, kicking to hitting. Those already inclined toward physics will gobble it up. Personally, it took some effort, but it was time well spent, and the author keeps it relatively basic (as basic as physics can be, anyway).

As we wait for the draft and some free agent action, what better time to investigate the rotational properties of the “prolate spheroid,” also known as the football?

4 Comments:

Blogger Calico Jack said...

RT - You intellectual capacity far exceeds mine. Fortunately, for dim wits like myself, the free agent hot stove is starting to heat up. DE Kalimba Edwards (Det) is scheduled for a visit to Alemeda and according to John Clayton, OG Toniu Fonoti (Minn) is close to signing a 1 year deal with the Raiders. Both of these potential free agents would be smart choices. Both fill a need and are young and relatively inexpensive. Both Edwards and Fonoti have 4 years of experience. Edwards (6'6", 265 lbs.) would provide a nice bookend for Burgess. Fonoti (6'4", 350 lbs.) would provide a run mauler and help with blitz pick up.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Thanks for the update, nice developments! The Raiders are going to RELOAD and serve notice in the AFC West.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous LK said...

Fonoti is a big wall of fat...but when he's healthy he can move. QB picture getting clearer--Brees to Saints, Pep to Miami, Kitna to Lions; all today.

12:06 PM  
Blogger frkyraider said...

picture my face paralized with fear (like KFC settling in under center)on the veteran qb market drying up.......what if...NO!!!... don't say it don't even THINK it. positive thoughts positive thoughts positive thoughts

4:44 PM  

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