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Leading off, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, so let’s look at some fun, potentially unknown to you facts about the Super Bowl Halftime Show, “Of course you read this on Shutdown Corner yesterday, but Beyonce won’t get paid for performing. Nobody else has gotten paid by the NFL for performing at halftime either. The artists get expenses paid for and that’s it. It makes sense, because even the biggest artists in the world aren’t going to have an audience of more than 110 million people ever again. The exposure is priceless, as long as you don’t screw it up (hello, Black Eyed Peas!). And if Michael Jackson didn’t get paid for his halftime show, you’ve got no shot.” [Shutdown Corner]
For those who are player efficiency rating (PER) fans in NBA stats circles, here’s someone who isn’t a fan and uses computer science sort algorithm analogies to make his point (ahh, the undergraduate days for yours truly), “There is really no reason to use PER.** At least, not if the advancement of useful stats in basketball is your goal. The truth is that PER is still heavily used. ESPN has a vested interest in using it. Many analysts on the web use it, because candidly, it’s hard to get stats. It’s a lot of work to break apart metrics and understand how they work (something we’re trying to do a better job of with Wins Produced). The simple fact is when people bring up PER or use sentences like “I know +/- is noisy, but…” well all I can say is that it’s a wrong way to go.” [Wages of Wins Journal]
In a story too funny not to share, Michigan’s athletic department “catfished” their own student-athletes to show the dangers of communicating via social media, “The department of athletics hired two outside consulting firms to monitor what athletes were posting on social networking sites. One of the firms used an attractive female to reach out to the athletes on Facebook. Several of them returned messages, with some of the content being inappropriate. When the athletic department was alerted about the nature of the content, they hosted a forum on social media awareness. During the meeting, the attractive female walked into the auditorium. It left the athletes involved speechless, according to Brandon. But it was a valuable lesson in the dangers of social media, he said.” [Kyle/Eleven Warriors]
For anyone who used to (or still does) collect baseball cards, this was an interesting take on Topps and why card collecting isn’t what it used to be, “Monopolies are bad things in most industries and the baseball-card industry is no exception. The sale of cards and other memorabilia has dwindled over the last several years. This isn’t surprising given the poor economy, but Topps’ sales are suffering for reasons that won’t be cured by an uptick in the GDP. Collectors aren’t buying new cards, unless it’s to grab a full set for the archives. Pricing is no longer kid-friendly: Kids used to rip packs for 55 cents — that’s not a throwback to your dad’s era; they were in that price range well into the 1990s — but now at $2.99 or even $3.50 for a pack, it’s an expensive hobby for the young (when the cost of ten packs roughly equals that of a new console video game, the price of entry seems severe).” [Cee Angi/SB Nation]
Finally, who didn’t love the big logo, bright colored NBA uniforms of the 1990s? Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie takes us down memory lane in anticipation of their upcoming use by several teams in the NBA season, “We’re instituting our own backlash, though. The new retro NBA jerseys that several teams will be outfitted in over the next few weeks are straight out of the 1997 fall catalog, and we hated that catalog. They feature pinstripes, garish cartoon mascots designed to be frightening, and all the hallmarks of something Sasha Danilović used to sport. They’re cool, but they’re ugly. Not unlike the 1990s.” [Ball Don’t Lie]