Bud Goode, a Los Angeles sports analyst, has been feeding masses of football statistics to a Univac computer and has come up with some fresh ideas about the game. For one thing, Goode says that according to computer analysis the pass interception is football's most important play and the thing that causes most upsets. A team that makes one interception more than the other team will win 80% of the time. "Each interception can make a difference of 14 points," Goode says.
Other computer-derived observations include:
•Running is more important than passing in college football but—during the 1969 season, anyway—is relatively unimportant in the professional game. Standings this year had little to do with a team's average yards per rush; some of the weakest teams had strong running games.
•The single most significant statistic in pro football is the number of points scored by an opponent per pass attempt. "Lack of pass defense was the reason why Baltimore fell from the top in 1969," Goode claims.
•Although the balance between offensive and defensive effectiveness is obviously the real measure of a team, in the 1969 professional season offense proved to be about 5% more important than defense.
•The most important statistic to check when you set out to evaluate a quarterback's ability is the average yards gained per pass thrown.
Reports have come in from India about a special problem confronting golfers in Bombay. The Chembur golf course there is of reasonable length, lush and green and not too severely trapped, and if it, weren't for the crows a man golfing on it would find little to complain about.
The crows hang around the residential areas that border the course and pick up a good living from the residue that human beings inevitably leave about. When the sharp-eyed birds see a group of their, benefactors swinging sticks on the green fairways of Chembur, their ears perk up and their tails wag because, to a crow, human beings on golf courses mean eggs. Round eggs, with sort of dimpled shells, possibly bearing the inscription Dunlop or Dot. The crows spot the eggs in the green grass far ahead (maybe 240 yards, with roll) of the human beings, and they swoop down, grab the white objects in their bills and fly off.
What they actually do with the things is a matter of speculation, although it is moot whether the golfers care much one way or the other. They are concerned about loss of ball and lack of tangible evidence of their fine, ringing shots.