“BOWLED! Stephen Harmison with a slower ball, one of the great balls! Given the moment, given the batsman, and given the match that is a staggering gamble that has paid off for Harmison”
There is palpable excitement in cricket commentator Mark Nicholas’ voice as England’s Stephen Harmison’s unusual delivery cannons into the batsman’s stumps during the […]
Between 2008 and 2012 Barcelona and Spain’s possession-heavy playing style led to unparalleled domestic and international success. Tactically, the game across the continent shifted, led by an effort to mimic some of the best aspects of these teams.
What people also noticed was that Spain and Barcelona were winning trophies with players well under six foot […]
In turns out that weaving back and forth between freeway* lanes will invariably not get you to your destination faster.
The same is true in football, where we’re often too quick to make changes when things are seemingly not going our way. For example, in the Big 5 leagues, on average we change head coaches every […]
John Henry, slouched comfortably in his chair with the air of a man sure of his position, fixes a tired Billy Beane in the eye. The Oakland Athletic’s recent defeat in the play-offs hangs heavy around Beane’s neck, made heavier still by the steady stream of Baseball-voices queuing up to discredit his methods on the […]
- "Someone once bet me I couldn't clear a stuffed leather chair. Not only did I lose the bet, I also broke my hand in the crash landing." In attributing these words to anyone, I suspect few would turn to the list of past Olympic jumping champions for inspiration, yet these are the words of Dick Fosbury, 1968 Olympic High Jump Gold Medallist, recalling a college incident.
- Football is in an age of innovation. New thinking and new technology now runs through the sport, though many areas for development remain untapped.
- This past weekend, one of the top voted posts on the popular subreddit /r/soccer featured a single sentence headline that read, “Lyon, who have spent €19.8m on new players in last four years, go 1st and seven points clear of PSG, who've spent €453m.” (That lead has since shrunk back to four points after PSG beat Evian 4-2). Why was this post so popular?
- Imagine working for one of the largest companies in the world just over 100 years ago. Growth and continued market dominance would have seemed inevitable. However, over half of the world’s largest hundred firms in 1912 had disappeared by the end of the century; either through bankruptcy, acquisition or nationalisation. Few people working at those businesses would have predicted such a fall.