What Do We Really Know about Anything?
The college football bowl season is reaching its climax, and the professional football playoffs are about to begin. By all accounts, football is indisputably the most popular sport in America.
Indeed, according to an article published in Business Insider early in 2014, football is essentially keeping network television culturally relevant and financially solvent. Consider this chart of the top-rated programming of 2013:
Football—or so the commonplace argument goes—has supplanted baseball as the national pastime because it is almost the opposite of baseball in many ways but, most notably, in the pace of the games and in the amount of action that each sport involves. In short, baseball puts us to sleep while football keeps us at the edges of our seats.
So, imagine my surprise when I came across this chart, compiled for Business Insider from data collected by the Wall Street Journal:
Yes, just 8.3% of the average…
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