Repost: The Optical Illusion of Curveballs
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Repost: The Optical Illusion of Curveballs

[Mike Maffie is on a “thesis-defense vacation” this week, so we’re re-running one of his most popular columns from last year. Note new research at conclusion.] I was reading an article about Rafa Nadal and the unbelievable topspin he generates on his forehand. Another player described the feeling of returning Rafa’s forehand as “like ripping your … Continue reading

You cannot be serious
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You cannot be serious

In sports, players and coaches grumble about imperfect calls. American tennis great John McEnroe used to shout “You cannot be serious!” at line judges and chair umpires to express his dissatisfaction with their calls. Lou Pinella would get in the face of umpires. Bobby Knight threw chairs. While watching at home, the center-field camera provides a perfect … Continue reading