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Grades Go Down, But OOH SHINY



A team of University of Oregon economists probes one of life’s age-old questions: Is there a relationship between academic gender gaps and a university’s football team’s performance?

The answer looks to be yes. In a National Bureau of Economic Research paper this month, economists Jason Lindo, Issac Swenson and Glen Waddell tracked how much female students at the University of Oregon were outperforming male students on grade point averages. They then mapped that against the number of wins the school’s football team had that season. And they found that, when the Oregon Ducks did better, the male students did worse.

Done? Then allow me to retort.

On broadly the same topic, here are the Bowl Mania standings to date:

1 Dyon1Go00ose 165 96.6
2 aintthatprettyracobeen 153 93.5
2 Drunken Warthogssde1015 153 93.5
4 ADDFTAVII 152 93.1
4 Memphis Jayjshinola 152 93.1
6 No, the other Spartansehlimbach 149 92.2
6 You Shumockcjcarr 149 92.2
6 UnleashtheFurycabotgk 149 92.2
9 Lexington Bearded Ducksfarls0 145 90.8
10 Lafayette’s FinestUKEvan 144 90.4
10 Fighting Red Frozensahsarmiento 144 90.4

This year the system allows you to adjust “confidence” rankings for unplayed games up and down until game time. Good to know if you suddenly get a strange feeling about the UCLA-Illinois game…

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    That right there in a nutshell is what is wrong with American football, college and pro.

    • JBerardi

      That right there in a nutshell is what is wrong with American football, college and pro.


    • UberMitch

      Carlin said it best:

      In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.

  • Anderson

    I can’t believe those spines on the uniform’s back are allowed in the rulebook.

    • JRoth

      Seriously. Al Davis is jealous from beyond the grave.

  • Davis

    It’s not a mere uniform, it’s an “Integrated Uniform System”! I once had a pair of K Swiss tennis shoes that did not have simple laces, it had a “lacing system”.

    • rea

      A friend of mine once suffered from athletic support system itch.

    • Anderson

      How can you have an integrated uniform system when the will to a system is a lack of integrity?

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