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Will Truman (trumwill) is a southern transplant in the mountain east with an IT background who bides his time taking care of their daughter while his wife brings home the bacon. You will probably be relieved to know that he does not generally refer to himself in the third-person except when he's writing short bios on his web page.

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  1. rob says:

    Congrats on wider publication. You are a rarity in that you have nerd temperment and football fan temperment, so maybe you can answer this. What is the appeal of football? Is it a if you have to ask, you’ll never know kind of thing?

  2. trumwill says:

    Of the Big Three (football, baseball, and basketball), football is the most strategic with the most moving parts. Every down is strategy-vs-counterstrategy. It’s not as focused on individual achievement as baseball (in baseball, a player can have a great year even if his team is terrible – much harder in football because how well you do depends much more on how well your teammates do). Basketball is less individualistic than baseball, but you still run into people showboating at the expense of the team and because there’s so much scoring, each individual score in basketball doesn’t amount to much. Further, there are so few games in a football season that each one is much more important (12 in college football, 16 in NFL, 82 in NBA, and 162 in MLB).

    But mostly it comes down to the degree of strategy involved and, of course, the physicality. Football has three important coaches instead of one. Good coaches can win games with vastly inferior talent moreso than in the others and bad coaches can lose them. These things can happen in basketball and baseball, too, but overall it’s less important.

  3. rob says:

    Thanks man, I’ve always wondered. I’ve never had the attention to watch more than a minute or so of football. It looks like a moderately organized brawl.
    I didn’t know that football strategy was more reality based than the running strategies people follow. I got a racing strategy for ’em: get to finish line before everyone else.

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