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The Physics of Football 163

Ponca City, We Love You writes "There will be a program on applied physics and real time strategy that you might want to watch on television today. Conservation of momentum during elastic and inelastic collisions is one aspect on which to focus as players tackle their opponents. It is of critical importance that the Patriots bring down New York's huge and powerful running back, 6-foot-4, 265-pound Brandon Jacobs. An average-size NFL defensive back's mass combined with his speed — on average, 4.56 seconds for the 40-yard dash — can produce up to 1600 pounds of tackling force. A tackle with half a ton of force may sound like a crippling blow, but the body can handle twice that amount because the player's equipment spreads out the incoming energy, lessening its severity." Nanotech specialists from Cornell have developed their own take on the "physics" of the Super Bowl by creating the world's smallest trophy, which will be awarded today to a contestant who best explains an aspect of football physics. Just some food for thought while you watch the game on your brand new HD television, though you'd better not be watching it in a church.
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The Physics of Football

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  • Watch Sport Science (Score:3, Interesting)

    by sponga ( 739683 ) on Sunday February 03, 2008 @12:42PM (#22282732)
    There is a show called 'Sport Science' on Fox Sports where they take all these extreme athletes of all types of sports in America like NBA, NFL, NHL, I.R.L., softball, soccer, billards and it goes on. The text article is nice but they provide so much more info on the show and visual demonstrations with great players like Jerry Rice, Ben Roathlisberger

    The MMA one is a really interesting one when you have Bas Rutten making the scientest jaws drop with the amount of pressure they hit a target. One hit I remember broke the 1000lbs of force and they were telling these guys that they are throwing concussion hits.

    Good episodes like...
    Human Flight: Who Are The Highest Flyers in Sports?
    Sudden Impact: Who Hits the Hardest in Sports?
    Reaction Time: Who Reacts the Fastest in Sports?
    Cheap Shots: What does a Cheap Shot feel like in Sports?
    Out of Control: Elements of the Game you can't Control
  • Re:Wrong title (Score:2, Interesting)

    by drewmoney ( 1133487 ) on Sunday February 03, 2008 @01:09PM (#22282910)
    20 out of the top 21 leading point makers of the regular 2007 season are kickers. Guess how they put points on the board.....yeah, they kick the ball. NFL Scoring Stats []
  • Re:Wrong title (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Blitz22 ( 1122015 ) on Sunday February 03, 2008 @01:21PM (#22283002)
    The term "football" probably comes from the fact that the sport is played "on foot" as opposed to on horseback. [] So yeah, it IS about football.
  • Without the pads? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 03, 2008 @02:01PM (#22283302)
    And this [] is what half a tonne of force looks like without the protective gear.
  • by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Sunday February 03, 2008 @02:38PM (#22283606) Homepage
    I personally worked for a paint factory that manufactured the paint that goes on the helmets(Yes,the NFLs helmets made by RYDELL).The problem we were overcoming was the old paint weakened the strength of the helmets causing splits and cracks.Our method of test consisted of 10 ft. of 4inch PVC duct taped to a pillar.At the bottom of the pillar,a box,little bigger than the helmet w/4 inches of foam rubber.The helmet sat in the box and two 10 lb.sledgehammer heads duct taped together were dropped to dent the helmet upon which it was inspected for cracks or splits radiating from the dent.The old paint wouldn't withstand a single hammer head.Ours withstood both in the end.
              Cost of research,less than $50 U.S. Scienterrific,huh?

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