Sports and STEM Help Us Fully Appreciate, Entertain and Educate Young People

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIFebruary 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 11:  Pro Football Hall of Fame executive director, Pete Elliott, (C) poses for a photo with Raiders Hall of Fame players from left to right, Art Shell, Jim Otto, Ted Hendricks, Gene Upshaw, George Blanda and Fred Biletnikoff prior to a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.  The Packers won 29-16.  (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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One way an Oakland Raider can educate himself and learn the game better is to look at film. It's a part of preparation and doing the homework that is necessary to know the game and to improve.

Recently, mathematicians and others celebrated "sports and mathematics." I am providing a link to a book on the subject.

A number of professors and teachers sometimes use information from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Bleacher Report to inspire and educate people about the power, beauty, spirit and rich content of football and other sports.

The potential of Bleacher Report for education, entertainment and enrichment is vast.

My presence on the webpage is a way of demonstrating the power of research and preparation, coupled with the  courage to exercise free expression in a public forum.

More professors are invited to join this mission.

One result from this effort could be a better informed public regarding the application and depth of content in football and other sports.

It is with this awareness that I constantly research and write diverse articles, appealing, I hope, to a diverse readership.


The Article - Revisited

It may surprise you to learn that the Oakland Raiders may need a lesson in football physics. There are examples of lessons that may enhance the players understanding of the object that spins, rotates, and glides through a substance called air.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a football, you are thinking.

Looking high and low for solutions to improve the Raiders' performance is a serious matter for some of us fans and researchers.

Here are a few lessons. Thanks to physicist Dr. Tim Gay, there is a lot to be learned about the physics of a moving object called a prolate spheroid which many folks handle and cherish, yet do not fully understand the dynamics of it.

Many of the Oakland Raiders are studying videos to improve their game. Do you wonder if they really see and understand everything embedded in the dynamics of their beloved sport?

Do you understand the dynamics of a fumble? Is there a method to minimize the occurrence of a fumble? Yes, according to Dr. Gay.

He even says that the shape of the football makes it less likely for a player to fumble the ball. Readers need to check out his book on Football Physics.

Now that we are becoming aware of the physics of the football, it may even make sense to calculate the MACH number for the football as determined by quarterbacks, like Daryle Lamonica, who was called "The Mad Bomber."

Of course, the number would be less than one, and it would be subsonic. Right?

Also, Al Davis would probably enjoy knowing the MACH numbers for his quarterbacks since we all know he loves speed.

Lamonica's torque and speed apparently was just right for the wide receivers who were able to catch the ball and make those touchdowns back in the day.

A list of concepts that apply to the football are pasted below. It just goes to show you that NFL football is more than meets the eye. Some powerful stuff undergirds the dynamics of the game.

Go Raiders! Study the dynamics of the game!




Lesson: Inertia


2.6 MB

Special Guests: Dave Volk, Jammal Lord, and a physics class



Lesson: Vectors


2.7 MB

Special Guest: Eric Crouch



Lesson: Newton's Third Law


2.7 MB

Special Guests: Toniu Fonoti and Cory Ross



Lesson: Impulse


2.8 MB

Featuring the melon/helmet experiment



Lesson: Atoms and Photons


2.3 MB

Special Guests: DeAntae Grixby, Kellie Bowman, and Bert



Lesson: Quickness, Speed, Power and Strength



Special Location: Husker Power weight training center



Lesson: Quickness and Ankle Injuries



Special Guest: Eric Crouch