Arbitrary Randomness
Thursday, January 02, 2003
 
While watching the end of the Penn State/Auburn game yesterday, I couldn't believe one of the announcers. I'm not sure who was doing the game, but when Auburn scored with 2:19 left in the game to take the lead 13-9, Auburn went for the 2-point conversion. One of the announcers said, "I can't believe they are going for two, I would just kick it and take the point."

First of all, common logic tells you that a 4 point or a 5 point lead are the same. There is basically no difference. Going for two would give a 6 point lead, and force Penn State to make the extra point to win.... if they scored.

After the other announcer tried to explain this to him, he went on some explanation about if Penn State scores, and then Auburn comes back and scores, they will miss not having that point. But the point is, there is only 2:19 left in the game!!!

A few minutes later, he backed down a little by saying, "I know some coaches that would go 50-50 on going for two."
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