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What happens if an NFL kicker totally misses the ball on a kickoff?
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This isn't clearly stated in the rulebook. This differs from some high school rulesets, from my understanding (though I'm not a high school expert); some of those do have explicit rules for this ...

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Player out of bounds during fumble?
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Some rule notes that may help clear this up, from the NFL Rulebook 2015 edition. However, it's likely that this is a highly technical issue that is hard to give a good answer to without game film. ...

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Why do the Yankees and Mets usually have opposite home/away schedules?
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I can find little official as to why they play opposite. Many possible reasons exist; the most logical seems simply to make it so the maximum total games can be attended by those who are fans of both ...

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What is the logic behind pitting AL vs NL in the All-Star game for ws home-field advantage?
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The All-Star game has only very recently determined World Series home field advantage. This began after the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which ended in a 7-7 tie after both teams had ...

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Why are the teams in NBA's Western Conference outperforming those in the Eastern Conference?
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I think that Michael mostly nailed this, but there are a few things at hand that make basketball particularly different from other sports in this regard. All sports have periods of dominance of one ...

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Who was the youngest player to win an ATP World Tour tournament
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If you mean any ATP tournament (and not the overall Finals), Aaron Krickstein won an ATP World Tour tournament in Tel Aviv in 1983 at the age of 16 years 2 months, the youngest to do so according to ...

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The receiver moved his foot as I was serving in badminton. Is it legal?
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According to the Laws of Badminton, 9.1.3: Some part of both feet of the server and the receiver must remain in contact with the surface of the court in a stationary position from the start of the ...

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Are penalty shots counted in goalie's saves percentage and goal against average?
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Penalty shots during regulation count toward the save percentage of the goalie (and toward the shooting percentage of the shooter). See for example: http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/...

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Transition from NCAA to NFL
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Some universities certainly do have a reputation for developing NFL players. In some cases, this is simply due to quality of the program - Alabama for example is a very good program and as such ...

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Why does the NFL enforce injury report rules?
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The injury report dates back to 1947, after a player unexpectedly did not play in a game, which ended up having significant impacts to wagering over the game. As such, the injury report serves the ...

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Consequences if linesman interferes with play?
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The only rule in the NHL Rulebook that I could find addressing this situation is that a goal is disallowed if it goes in directly off of an official. 78.5 Disallowed Goals – Apparent goals shall be ...

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Has an NCAA conference ever dissolved?
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This has happened fairly often, actually; Sports-Reference.com lists twenty-one defunct conferences versus thirty-three active conferences. I don't know much about the specific histories of the ...

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What does it mean to rebuild a team?
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At its core, what a 'rebuilding' team means is that it's going through a losing stretch that's expected, because it doesn't have the tools needed to be competitive. As such: Expensive free agents ...

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What is the purpose for the formation rules?
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In addition to the historical reasons, the reason that not only do you have to have 7 men on the line, but you have to have a particular seven men, is to avoid confusion about who is eligible to catch ...

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Percentage of possible yards traveled?
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You need to find a useful source of data for your statistics. Pro-football-reference.com is a good one to start with. They have a lot of different statistics available. In your case, you could look ...

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How does arbitration work in baseball?
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On your first point: Fangraphs certainly agrees with you that old metrics seem to dominate. There are no hard and fast rules about which stats are presentable, though; it's solely due to who is ...

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Origin of the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB)
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The oldest reference to wSB that I'm familiar with is this Fangraphs article, which is from 2013, and I think in 2012 perhaps is when they actually introduced the stat. It's possible it originated ...

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What is the worst recorded record for a team that was, the previous year, a Stanley cup finalist?
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In the NHL's "modern era", The 2006-7 Hurricanes (40-35-7 OTLs, or 40-42) had the worst record by a defending champion if you count the OTLs as losses (which the NHL doesn't exactly). If ...

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What constitutes a "game-winning drive" statistically?
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So - one bit you're missing, is that it was Tom Brady's 50th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. That's frequently, but not always, said with that sentence, but it's always a ...

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What's the precise definition of the individual "left on base" statistic?
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Partial Frame Challenge Individual left on base is a meaningless statistic that is reported virtually nowhere that has a meaningful statistical background. MLB.com does report it in their box scores, ...

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Why did NFL Europe fail?
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It's not really possible to know exactly why they closed NFL Europe. It was losing money, but it was always losing money - a few tens of millions of (US) Dollars per season ($30MM by the end). Why ...

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Is there a strategic reason why the wildcat play type isn't used in the NFL?
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The wildcat formation is effective only in limited situations, and in particular relies on: Surprise Skilled players Good O-line play In 2008, the Dolphins famously ran the wildcat against the ...

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NHL forfeit shutouts
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No shutout would be awarded, because none had been earned. Per NHL rules, 66, Foreit of Game: If the game is declared forfeited prior to its having commenced, the score shall be recorded as 1-0 and ...

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What is the purpose of running shoe lacing from bottom to top?
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That is a variety of speed lace, which is popular among runners because it makes the shoe unlikely to become untied (as there is no proper tie). Speed laces have a lot of varieties, but the common ...

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In basketball, why can a team calling a timeout inbound the ball at midcourt after the timeout (effectively gaining ground for free)?
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According to Chuck Klosterman, it just always was a part of the NBA. (I don't believe it's a rule in most rule systems.) Feel free to peruse this fantastic piece of journalism on the sadly defunct ...

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How is mlb.com's ">.500" record calculated?
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Current record, not at the time of the game. For example, the White Sox are "6-9" against .500 teams; that includes 4-4 against CLE, 2-2 against BOS, and 0-3 against NYY. However, the KC ...

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What is the ruling on a dropped third strike and first base being unoccupied because a runner is stealing?
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According to the MLB rules 5.06(a), a runner occupies a base when: Occupying the Base (1) A runner acquires the right to an unoccupied base when he touches it before he is out. He is then entitled ...

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Hockey Player physically in opponents net
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Basically, the answer is "maybe", but by-the-books and if you assume the referee agrees with you exactly, then the goal is allowed. Strictly speaking, the presence of an attacking player in ...

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Tossing the ball after tagging out an attempted steal at second
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They’re tossing it to a teammate. It’s a common thing to do after completing a play; it’s sort of the baseball version of spiking the ball after a touchdown - but more respectful, not with the ...

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Why are farm teams often so far from where the main team is based in hockey?
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First off, your premise is not necessarily correct; for example, the Chicago Blackhawks' top minor-league affiliate is the Rockford Icehogs, located a short distance away in Rockford, IL, well under ...

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