A Scientific Look into Football
Purpose: The Purpose of this eperiment is to
figure out actual playing time. playing time being the time in which players are
actually doing something.
Hypothesis: With the knowledge that a
football game is cut into quarters of 15 minutes, thus equalling 60 minutes of
possible playing time, and taking into account that not all the time is used,
most of the time, the clock is wasted away, it is hypothosized that actual
playing time is 30 minutes.
Equipment: The equipment for this experiment
involve a stop watch, a pen and paper, a t.v. or perhaps tickets to a game.
Procedure: The scientist in this experiment
must adhere to several rules in the use of the stop watch. The first rule is
that the watch is started when the ball is kicked, and when the person is
tackled. The second rule is the watch is started when the ball is snapped, and
when the play ends. Finally the third rule is the watch is started when the
ball is snapped and the ball passes or falls short of the uprights (field goal
posts). The scientist will then record the total time of the game on a piece of
||Total Time of Physical Activity|
|San Francisco vs. Green Bay
||15 minutes 20 seconds|
|Cincinatti vs. San Francisco
||14 minutes 20 seconds|
Conclusion: The data has shown the
hypothesis to be false. In fact, the observations show that roughly 15 minutes
of each game is actually used for physical activity. Furthermore, it is evident
that since that is the total for both teams, then only 7-8 minutes is used by
each team in physical activity. Which implies that those football players are
not even getting a complete physical workout.
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