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Wednesday, September 10, 2021

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Not so fast on watching that Ocho Cinco jersey blaze across NFL fields. The newly-restored Chad Johnson probably won’t be able to show off his new legally-changed name this season, because he didn’t give the league’s merchandisers enough time to adjust:

Reebok, which makes the league’s jerseys, and licensees have to protect themselves from a player suddenly changing their number (it’s normally not a name), so they make them change whatever they need to change months before the season. Failure to do so means that a change likely won’t be made that season.

The sticking point is that for a receiver of Johnson’s caliber, there’s likely as much as 100,000 “C. Johnson” jerseys, not only in Reebok inventory, but in store shelves around the country.

If Johnson wanted to buy out all the jerseys, a source with knowledge of the situation said it would cost him the cost to make the jersey, which is roughly 60 percent of the retail price. That would be about $48 a jersey or $4.8 million if that 100,000 number is reality.

It’s certainly not worth $5 million to Chad just to have his new moniker on display, so I guess we have to wait for next year.

Of course, this is so much an engineered crock:

As if Reebok and the league wouldn’t make up that money (and then some) in the sales of the “Ocho Cinco” jerseys… As much as I love football, the way the league is being run now is a joke unto itself…

Amen. In addition to that, it’s not unprecedented for a player to change his name and then have that reflected on his jersey. Granted, it’s usually for more substantial reasons, like a family resolution or conversion to Islam, etc. But why should the reason matter? Johnson/Ocho Cinco went through the legal procedure, and neither Reebok nor the league can override that. And God forbid something like this happens to make the Bengals actually worth watching, for a change.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/10/2021 11:42:07 PM
Category: Football, SportsBiz
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Well, we’re still here, despite the Large Hedron Collider’s power-up during today’s wee hours.

Talk about a letdown. I know the prospect of a technocratically-delivered doomsday sparked plenty of online chatter, indicating that a good chunk of the world population was actually looking forward to it. Mass morbidity, in a way.

As it stands, the ongoing big-bang experiment in Switzerland is nothing more than the latest in a historical string of apocalyptic anti-climaxes, from 1844’s Great Disappointment to the more recent Y2K dread.

Not that we’re out of the woods yet:

This time around, to be technical about it, Wednesday was not the day the savvier ones in the doomsday crowd were most worried about. That day is still a month or two away, when the particles in the accelerator actually start colliding with each other.

Stay tuned.

Actually, the Cern experiment has an historical antecedent more direct than past religious doomsday predictions. All the way through to the final stages of the Manhattan Project in 1945, the brightest minds of the early 20th Century didn’t know just how much fire they were playing with:

Both the United States and Germany wanted to make an atomic bomb. Neither knew whether it was possible. And both contemplated one very frightening possibility: that a nuclear chain reaction, if started, wouldn’t stop. In fact, the force of the explosion might cause the atmosphere to catch on fire. Even the oceans could ignite. As the science writer Chet Raymo has put it, physicists worried that they “might inadvertently turn the entire planet into a chain-reaction fusion bomb.”…

The night before the test, Enrico Fermi offered to take bets on whether the atmosphere would catch fire, and, if so, whether New Mexico would be destroyed or the entire planet. Some people found this annoying.

This lack of eggheaded prescience goes a long way toward explaining why we’re still holding our breaths regarding the latest effort to smash together atomic particles. Here’s hoping underestimation reigns again.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/10/2021 10:32:00 PM
Category: History, Science
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