If the United States and Germany tie on Thursday, they both advance to the Round of 16. This is 100% guaranteed, as they would both have 5 points, which is more than the possible 4 points that Ghana or Portugal could have at the end of the day. In a world where advancing is the … More Desire to Conspire: Should the U.S. Partner with Germany to Cheat the Group Stage?
There is something beautiful about the start of the tournament, with your bracket made and still having the possibility of achieving a perfect score. You get to see all the possible points on the board, no red lines, no disappointment. Last year, however, I didn’t have that luxury, as I had made my bracket with … More A Guide to Making an Unwinnable Bracket
Penalty kick shootouts are one of the most exciting parts of sports, and with the World Cup coming up soon there very well may be some high profile shootout matchups that draw worldwide attention. However, a shootout is brutal for goalies; the shot comes from so close that a goalie has almost no time to … More The Best Soccer Shootout Strategy: Flip a Coin?
Picture a quick game theory scenario. You are to play a game, but before you play the game, you have the choice of two scenarios with different utility outcomes based on the results of the game. In the first scenario, you will receive two utility points if you win and zero utility points if you … More The Bettman Point and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
A deficit of 14 points in the NFL often acts as a critical breaking point. Trailing by further would be a very clear indication of a blowout whilst scoring a touchdown would make the game close and competitive. Fans hope that their team will score the touchdown, cutting the deficit to 7 points, just one … More Down Late in the Game? Go for Two