The Sporting Iconoclast
Challenging the conventional wisdom, sowing new ideas, sending some old ones to the compost heap

Archive for March 2009

Becoming all too predictable, NCAA basketball tournament should go seedless

March 23, 2009

I wouldn’t say the NCAA tournament is getting boring, just predictable. I’m sorry, Cinderellas, but fairy godmothers apparently no longer exist. Or if they do, they must have lost most of their powers. The fairies might get you into the dance, Robert Morris, but only your wicked stepsisters, the high seeds, are going to be […]

Way better ways to break ties in soccer, hockey and college football

March 8, 2009

Imagine if a baseball game were tied after nine innings and instead of playing extra innings the contest was decided by … a home run derby. Each team would send its five strongest sluggers up to the plate. Each hitter would get three swings at balls lobbed in by his own team’s pitching coach. Whichever […]

Newspapers, wise up. Stop giving free advertising to companies that buy sports-venue naming rights

March 1, 2009

We’ve all grown accustomed the intrusion of corporate sponsor names into sporting events: the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the Toyota Halftime Report, the Chevrolet Players of the game. Companies pay good money to have their brands mentioned during broadcasts that reach millions of people.The typical NFL telecast starts like this: “Welcome to Qualcomm Stadium for today’s […]