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 paper.


Game Observed 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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