Math on Monday Night Football
Tonight’s Eagles-Panthers game had several mathematical incidents.
A Counting Problem
During pre-game warm-ups, a voice-over quoted one of the player’s thusly:
You want me to describe playing on Monday night in one word? Prime time.
Computer scientists start counting at 0. Apparently pro football players start counting at 2.
Speaking of counting… did you notice that the sentence above had three hyphenated words? That’s just crazy.
During the opening kick-off, Mike Tirico mentioned that the Carolina Panthers lost the coin toss. That alone is not exceptional, but it was the eleventh straight game that they had lost the flip. The odds of a team being that unlucky? How about 2,047 to 1?
Perhaps they can blame bad luck for their eight losses this season, too.
Numerically Interesting Milestone
Wide receiver Steve Smith of the Panthers caught a pass in the first half that took him to 745 career receptions for a total of 11,011 yards. What a cool number! First, it’s a palindrome. Second, 110112 = 2710, and he currently ranks 27th among wide receivers in career receiving yards. That’s a pretty fun coincidence.