Class 24 THU APR 13
Riddle: The Soccer Penalty Kick
What’s the smartest kick?
To the shooter’s strong side, which the goalie is more likely to guard?
Or to the shooter’s weak side, which the goalie is more likely to block if he guesses right?
The authors of Think Like a Freak give us some details to help us decide.
- The goal is 12 yards away.
- It’s 8 yards wide and 8 feet tall.
- You will kick the ball at 80 miles per hour.
- The kick will arrive at the net in 0.306818 seconds
- I know that because: https://www.calculatorsoup.com/calculators/math/speed-distance-time-calculator.php/
- The goalie can’t wait for you to kick. He has to guess and fling his body toward his choice before you make contact with the ball.
- Overall, at the elite level, 75% of penalty kicks are successful.
- If he chooses wrong, your odds of success are about 90%.
- You want him to choose wrong.
- Whether you’re left- or right-footed, 57% of goalies will guard your strong side. 41% of the time, they’ll guard your weak side.
Answer in the Reply field below and Post Comment:
- What’s the best way to improve your odds of kicking the ball where the goalie isn’t?
- Why do so few kickers make the most logical choice?
The paragraph is an introduction to the Rebuttal argument. The author argues that fighting in hockey, when it’s retaliatory and conducted by “enforcers” whose job is to dole out justice to bullies who pick fights with star players, actually REDUCES violence and injuries, putting a quick end to the feud by sending the clear message that it will not be tolerated.
The full paragraph is shown below, divided into sentences. Recommended alternatives will be revealed. The replacement sentences, if they’re successful, will:
- Express the author’s convictions in bold, clear language.
- Provide evidence instead of hinting at it.
- Call out the opposition’s flawed conclusions, whatever they are.
No idea comes without a counterargument and this theory remains true in regard to fighting in hockey.
Even the best and truest thesis can be argued, so there are critics of fighting in hockey.
Critics take a surface level look at the violent aspect of the game but fail to appreciate the positivity and safe environment it creates.
They see a drop of blood on the ice, but can’t calculate the carnage that drop of blood prevents.
Without a true deep dive into the understanding of the players’ minds on the ice, the opposition would draw an incorrect impression.
They think the fighter loves the violence, when in fact his role is to prevent it.
Additionally, failing to acknowledge the empirical evidence surrounding fighting is another key flaw in the counterargument.
If they bothered to run the numbers, they’d find that teams with feared enforcers suffer far fewer injuries and lost ice-time than teams that let their players get bullied and pushed around.
While fighting in hockey has advantages both seen and unseen on the ice, critics cite injury, and that hockey glorifies violence leaving a bad example for children and viewers.
They let the hard hits blind them to the benefits of hitting back and retreat to platitudes about teaching kids to misbehave by example.
- THU DEC 01
- The first draft of your 3000-word Research Position Paper will be due.
- This is the compilation of your three short 1000-word arguments carefully combined into a single well-reasoned research paper that is the culmination of your semester’s work on a single hypothesis.)
- TUE DEC 06
- Your Annotated Bibliography is due.
- We will have reviewed its format and requirements on THU DEC 01.
- THU DEC 08
- Reflective Statements will be due, completing your Portfolio.
- This will be our last “content class.”
- We’ll address your questions and review end-of-semester procedures.
- Finals Week TUE DEC 13
- Mandatory Attendance for anyone who wishes to pass the course.
- We will gather one time during our regular class hour to Verify Portfolios.
- Grade Conferences by Appointment, on Zoom
- Conferences will be held on MON DEC 19, TUE DEC 20, WED DEC 21
- Only 4 classes remain.
- Counting today.
- Your Drop Dead Portfolio Deadline is just two weeks away.
- If you’ve been keeping up.
- By now you have posted your 3 short arguments (Definition, Causal, and Rebuttal)
- You have a robust White Paper with purposeful summaries of 10-15 mostly academic sources ready to export to your Annotated Bibliography.
- You’ll have no trouble posting the first draft of your Research Position Paper by THU DEC 01.
- Well, maybe a little trouble, but you’ll manage a decent first draft.
- There are no deadlines for your Short Paper Rewrites.
- But when your Portfolio is complete and Verified, on TUE DEC 13, it will have to include TWO of your THREE short arguments and their Rewrites (Definition/Causal/Rebuttal). You choose which two.