Who will defend Pythagoras from ranting ESPN blowhard?

It’s 2017 and old sportswriters and sports broadcasters are still railing against mathematics in sports.

ESPN New York’s Don La Greca, who did not major in math science in college, had just about enough this week when someone tried to analyze the New York Giants offensive line in a fashion that didn’t include the word “sucks” as a formula’s integer.

On the subject of football, nobody expects much from the analysis.

But when he strayed out of his league and into baseball analytics, geometry became the victim of a brutal drive-by.

His now viral rant won plenty of support.

Math is ruining sports, man.

Who will speak for the Pythagorean Theorem, which, for the record, has no application when evaluating football?

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

  • MikeB

    I appreciate his ability to get paid for this.

  • jon

    Maybe ESPN should go back to being too political.

    Though if you replace “pythagorean theorem” with “sport announcers” then the rant actually makes more sense.

  • jon

    Also anyone who doesn’t trust the pythagorean theorem should avoid buildings with pitched roofs…. never know when the math might stop working and the whole thing could collapse.

  • Jerry

    Meanwhile, the Pythagorean Theorem still stands, completely unfazed.

  • Jim in RF

    Been said before, but the worst sports media is the worst media of all. “I have no idea what this is, and I’ve spend no time researching it or even browsing Wikipedia, but I’ve got this reaction totally based on emotion and the threat that the idea poses to my job.”

    • wjc

      That’s what our current crop of politicians have wrought: if it feels right, then it is right, no matter what the facts say.

  • Rob

    Pythagoras sure did have the right angle on things…

  • Jerry

    I’m more disturbed by this guy’s views on rhetoric than geometry. He’s saying he doesn’t like arguments that get backed up with data. Who doesn’t like supporting evidence? This guy’s whole job is to talk about stuff! What does he do, if not back up his ideas with evidence? Just keep saying “the offensive line is garbage” over and over again? Then what? Say words the other announcer said back at him, but this time all mixed up and in a stupid voice? I guess that’s what passes for a counterargument.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    I will not defend Pythagoras or the Pythagoreans.(I will defend the theorem without question.) Pythagoras and his followers where very rigid in their thinking. Their world view was based on everything being “rational numbers”. There is a legend that one of the members of the group, Hippasus, came to the conclusion that the square root of 2 (the diagonal of a 1×1 square) was an irrational number. For his insight, which occurred on board a ship at sea, the legend says he was tossed overboard by his fellow Pythagoreans for suggesting such a thing.

    • Jerry

      That’s radicalism for you!