Posts Tagged ‘football’

Football and the ancient Roman gladiator games

January 30, 2019

Excerpt of an interview on the HBO show Real Sports, January 2019:

Interviewer: “You go to a Princeton college football game and everyone is cheering in the stands. But almost all the [affluent] people we spoke to aren’t going to let their kids play football [due to the risk of brain injury].”

Boston University doctor brain concussion/CTE expert: “That does become a gladiator type situation. Go hurt yourself for my entertainment.”

Get your reps in every day

January 18, 2015

I have noticed something interesting about the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. I have noticed that they continually practice throwing the football. Even after, for most of them, decades of throwing the football, they continue to get the reps in.

Just like the skiers who are constantly waxing their skis, these quarterbacks are greasing the groove so that, at a moment’s notice, they are ready to make a herculean effort and drill a long, laser throw.

A simmering pot of water can quickly roll into a boil.

I think the importance of getting the reps in cannot be overestimated. And I don’t just mean throwing footballs. I mean in any endeavor that you want to excel in.

My major as an undergrad was chemistry. I remember during the summers I would review over and over the material that I had learned that school year. And ya know what? I did really, really well. Now at work I teach several courses. Some of the courses I have taught many times. Is that a waste? No, I don’t think so. I am getting my reps in. At a moment’s notice I can solve any problem in my field of expertise.

Want to be a top-notch Olympic weightlifter? Then get your reps in. Lift every day.

Want to be a top-notch Web master? Then get your reps in. Review over and over the relevant technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.

Want to be a top-notch Fashion designer? Then get your reps in. Sew, sew, sew, design, design, design.

Get your reps in every day.

Cutoff age for football referee, FAA flight controller

September 14, 2014

This week I met someone who is a referee for high school and college football. He has aspirations to be a referee for professional football. He explained to me that 50 years of age is the cutoff age for becoming a referee for professional football. That is, if you’re over 50 and you’re not in, then you can never get in.

A few months ago I met someone who is an FAA flight controller. She explained to me that 30 years of age is the cutoff age for becoming a flight controller. That is, if you’re over 30 and you’re not in, then you can never get it.