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.
No words. pic.twitter.com/btsaBZLrpf
— Alex Seixeiro (@alexfan590) September 21, 2017
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?
if you throw out "pythagorean theorem" like it's some high-minded concept, I know exactly when you stopped paying attention in school.
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) September 21, 2017
Pythagorean Theorem right now. pic.twitter.com/VvcoT0R7NA
— spidr2ybanana (@spidr2ybanana) September 21, 2017
Have you ever seen anyone so mad at a geometric function outside of a test? I'm pretty sure he doesn't know what the Pythagorean Theorem is
— Jeb Benson (@JebBenson) September 21, 2017
The Pythagorean theorem got that dude feeling some type of way, man. pic.twitter.com/35LbrCQtOX
— Weather Moose (@WXMoose) September 21, 2017
"So I don't know the Pythagorean theorem, OK?" pic.twitter.com/ZCOen1UaxU
— Kevin Vellturo (@kjvellturo) September 21, 2017
you're either with us, or you're for the Pythagorean theorem
— mickloud (@mickloud) September 21, 2017
Also its good 2 note the Pythagorean Theorem was created around 500BC
BUT he has been watching football for 40yrs so wht the hell do I know
— chris smith (@chrismith6944) September 21, 2017
(h/t: Paul Tosto)