# Category: Sports

## Thanksgiving, football, shopping and giving

Thirteen provocative activities for this holiday season of Thanksgiving, football, and shopping.

## 2023 World Cup Cricket

In this activity students learn about the game; calculate the number of matches that must be played; and try to reason how to count the matches in a more abstract manner.

## U. S. Open Tennis Tournament prizes have been awarded

Students ponder the amounts for various wins, they will work with patterns, use number sense, reasoning, and have the opportunity to model real-life situations with algebra.

## Justin Verlander’s lunch bill

In the 2017 World Series, the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to play (and lose to) the Boston Red Sox in the finals.  Evidently the population of Los Angeles held a grudge with the Astro’s…

## Jock tax 2023

In this activity students consider the remarkable differences in state taxes that high paid pro athletes have to pay. Students determine how much more money an athlete should be paid in a high tax state in order to offset the taxes.

## Women’s World Cup – How many matches are left?

The first round of Group play has finished and now the remaining teams start the second round of play. The teams have already played a lot of matches.  How many? And, how many matches are left?

## Lionel Messi, soccer star and influencer

Lionel Messi is possibly the best soccer player in the world. How much influence does he have? Messi just shared an Apple TV link on his Instagram account.  The link takes you to Apple TV where you can subscribe and,…

## How many baseballs are in this truck?

To see this poster larger in a new window, click on the image. In 2017, Old Dominion Freight Line offered 2 free tickets to the next 3 World Series to the person who guesses closest to “How many baseballs are…

## Can Joey and Miki do it again?

Updated !             The MLE – Major League Eating is a World organization that oversees speed eating contests. Entrants to the various competitions must be members of the MLE in order to compete. One of…

## Souvenirs and concessions

This activity is an introduction to systems of equations with easy, motivating problems that deal with the cost of stadium purchases for food and souvenirs. These can be done by any puzzle solving students.

## Triple Crown hopefuls at the Preakness

Saturday, May 20th, will be the running of the Preakness Stakes thoroughbred horse race in Baltimore, Maryland. The Preakness is the second major race for 3-year old thoroughbreds to run in their effort to claim the Triple Crown of horse…

## Effects of new MLB rules

Students use our recent data to graph, analyze and hypothesize about the affect of the new MLB rule changes.

## Tax time, Patriots Day, Boston Marathon

The middle of April is a busy and interesting time. We have 6 timely activities to try in your classes.

## How hard it is to pick the perfect bracket?

If you try to predict how the games will play out by filling out a bracket, what are your chances of picking every game? How does the change from 64 to 65 to now, 68 teams in the field complicate things?  How many brackets would you need to fill out to pick every possibility?

## March Madness – Does seeding really matter?

Engage your students in percents as they get excited about March Madness. Is getting a higher seed really an advantage?  Use 30 years of data to help determine for which seeds it makes sense to pick an upset.