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Has any NHL team ever won a game after being down 0-5?
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Wayne Gretzky probably doesn't want to remember this one, but the Oilers lost to the Kings 6-5 in 1982 in the playoffs (Game 3 of the Smythe division semi-finals that year) after leading 5-0 after 2 ...

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Why are there different strokes in swimming?
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As with most sports, undoubtedly much of the reason is historical. It wasn't to suppress innovation, but actually as a result of it; for most of swimming history, "freestyle" was always ...

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What is a balk?
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The ELI5 version of this: A pitcher is required to do certain things in a certain way when they are in the process of releasing a pitch. If they do not do them in the right order, or if they start ...

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Sac fly and sac bunt
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The important detail here is likely that this is a detail only of scoring - it does not have any meaning on the field itself. When the bunt or fly occurs, it is just like any other fly ball or bunt; ...

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Do NBA players make a higher percentage of 3-pointers from the side?
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Corner threes are much more efficient than wing or straight-up threes. 82 Games' stats showed corner threes as being about 118.8 points per 100 possessions, while the other two are much lower. (...

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Soccer shoe modifications?
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I think you have a minor issue with physics here. It's not 100% clear to me what you're describing, but there are two ways you could 'harden' the shoe: A solid mass between the upper and the foot (...

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NFL football goal to go situation
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In general, the answer is simply that they keep getting halfway. The NFL Rulebook states (14.2.1): If the enforcement of a distance penalty would move the ball more than half the distance from the ...

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Why do football teams like running up the middle?
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Football teams do run outside. Certainly if they run up the middle every single time it will be difficult! But the problem with running outside is twofold: The back must run much further (...

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Did Novak Djokovic just enter the Vienna Open (Erste Bank Open) to pass the time?
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Novak reached the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open, meaning he will receive 90 points, giving him 11,830 for the year - Nadal's 9850 in second place being 1,980 points behind. Reaching the ...

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What happens when the QB throws the ball and it lands behind the line of scrimmage without being caught by either team?
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The ball landing beyond the line of scrimmage is irrelevant, for the most part, in this question. The thing that is relevant is whether the pass went forwards from the quarterback's location, or ...

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If a batter is injured, while hitting a home run out of a park, and cannot physically run the bases, can a pinch runner be used?
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If a batter-runner is incapacitated during a home run (or any other play where he is entitled to a particular base, such as a walk, a ground rule double, or a ball thrown into the dugout), then his ...

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What does F/10 and F/11 in MLB stats mean?
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F means Final, indicating the game is complete. Prior to completion, it will show an innings count ("Top 5" meaning the game is currently in the 5th inning, and the Away team is at bat, so ...

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F1 Styrian GP 2020 first lap incident
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Leclerc not only was blamed, but accepted blame, for the incident, due to the fact that he acted aggressively and dangerously. To set up, Leclerc was starting out behind after a penalty, and so he was ...

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Why is MLS having 9AM matches?
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From this ESPN article, the reason for the weird times (9am, 8pm, 10:30pm) is to avoid the heat: The kickoff times are weird. Why is that? At first glance, the schedule certainly seems bizarre. The ...

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How to give 100% effort in sports
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Playing at 100% effort all the time is not something anyone does, ever. Watch soccer (non-US: football) players. Are they going at 100%? Only if they have a scoring chance, or are defending a ...

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Does a spike count as an incompletion
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A spike is indeed typically assigned to the "team". For example, you can review the play by play of the 9/23/17 game between Kentucky and Florida, and you'll see at 0:21 left in the 4th ...

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Is the receiving team more likely to win a overtime?
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This is generally answerable considering the probability of winning given the coin toss; I haven't seen anyone modelling specifically the chance of taking the opening kick for a TD. That's because ...

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How are wOBA constants chosen?
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From the Fangraphs wOBA explanatory page: Exactly how much to weigh each of the components of wOBA was determined using linear weights. Linear weights are calculated using the average Run ...

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What makes Stealing Signs wrong?
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Stealing signs is "wrong" because Baseball's history goes back to the 1800s, when it was more of a "gentleman's game" (as compared to, say, American Football) and things like stealing signs would have ...

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Do NBA players earn from their jersey sales?
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The NBA licenses its jersey sales through NBA Properties, inc., the licensing and marketing branch of the NBA. This private company negotiates deals with the various sportswear companies (such as ...

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Does a run count on a passed ball on a third strike?
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The run does not count if the batter does not safely reach first. It does count if the batter does safely reach first. From the 2016 MLB Rulebook: 5.08 (4.09) How a Team Scores (a) One ...

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Why don't left handed power hitters bunt against the shift?
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First off, left handed power hitters do, sometimes, bunt against the shift. Not frequently, but they do; I saw Jim Thome lay down a neat bunt several years back. However, the reason you don't see it ...

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Umpire induces appeal play?
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The umpires don't just go take a nap after the game - there's plenty of time between the run actually scoring and them leaving for the opposing manager to let them know they'd like to appeal the play. ...

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Why is the QB passing yards count for the distance the receiver runs after completing the pass?
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Largely, because of how sports statistics were created. For a long time, statistics tended to be results oriented. Football statistics came from play by play, which went something like (below is my ...

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How does a ice-hockey team's strategy differ playing 3-on-3 rather than 5-on-5?
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3 on 3 is still fairly new to the NHL, so I would imagine strategy is still well in development - teams have played tens of minutes at most of 3 on 3 outside of practice. However, from the rest of ...

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Is there a penalty for kicking a PAT from the 2 yard line in the NFL?
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There is no explicit penalty or foul in the books for this; that would be listed in Rule 9, section 1, in the 2015 Rulebook. Rule 11, section 3, states simply that: The Try begins when the Referee ...

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Scorekeeping a fielder on a Sacrifice Fly
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Yes, the fielder gets credited with a putout. Per the MLB rulebook, 9.09(a): (a) The official scorer shall credit a putout to each fielder who (1) catches a ball that is in flight, ...

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When football players played offense and defense, what were the substitution rules?
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Wikipedia covers this reasonably well. In the first era (what you're talking about, basically) of the one platoon system, there weren't really rules about substitutions, but there was a major ...

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Can an eligible receiver play at an ineligible position?
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Yes, an eligible receiver-by-number may play in an ineligible position, similarly to how an ineligible player-by-number may line up in an eligible position. In both cases, they must report to the ...

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Can an offensive lineman catch a lateral in high school football?
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As far as I understand, from reading the most recent NHFS rulebook I can find online, there is no specific difference here between high school and any other level of play. As such, any player may ...

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