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“In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.” This observation by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre has been cited in multiple contexts, ranging from tactical planning in team sports, to game-theoretic modelling of microeconomics, to full-blown robotic warfare.
The common thread in all these studies is conflict: adversarial interactions bring about a disorganisation that can disrupt the most prepared of schemes.
As Portugal and France snoozed their way through the final match yesterday at Euro 2016, thousands of Silver Y moths crashed the party — including one that fluttered onto Ronaldo's anguished face as he sat injured on the pitch. They're calling it the moth ball final. So what brought all these moths to the Stade de France?
If you're an aspiring NFL player who's determined to perfect their skills, finding someone to practice with for hours on end can be a challenge - especially in Australia. But with the PassBack training football, which features a flattened end on one side, all you need is a wall to play catch with yourself.
Briefly: Who cares about playing with a regulation or FIFA-approved ball when you can now play soccer with a tiny version of the Death Star? It can't destroy planets (a minor trade-off) but this Star Wars Celebration-exclusive collectible could be yours if you're heading to the festivities in California next week. Just remember that it's as vulnerable to proton torpedo attacks as the real Death Star was, and also oncoming traffic if you accidentally kick it into the street.
It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take centre stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs.
Video: Super Bowl Sunday is only a few days away, and all anyone really wants to talk about is deflated footballs. We don't care about any of that. We just like to see how things get made. Here's a New York Times video that shows you the inside of a Wilson Football Factory. They get sewed together, flipped inside out, stitched, shaped and pumped.
NFL teams across the U.S. have this weekend taken to the grid iron in an effort to scratch another W against their names. These players will play the same as any other Sunday, and like any other Sunday, the sport's biggest threat will remain unaddressed. Sixty-nine concussions have already been reported this year, and odds would suggest, more will be added in the next few hours.
Data Looks Dope's Max Einstein just made this visualisation that charts every touchdown pass that Peyton Manning, who is now the record holder for TD passes, has thrown in his career. Yep, all 510 of them (so far). It shows the distance of each pass along with the receiver who caught it from 1998 to October 19, 2014.
Earlier in September, the San Francisco 49ers' spanking new high-tech stadium opened with its 600 WiFi access points and green roof and hot dog-ordering app. But just 29 months ago, Levi's Stadium was an empty lot in the ground. The entire stadium takes shape in this two-minute timelapse video.
Maybe you're still mourning Brazil's catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on — to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it's going to be very, very expensive. Like $US11,500 per seat expensive.