That's Some Serious Precision, or Watch Out, She's Gonna Go All Decimal!
So last night the family and I sat down and watched a little TV together for the first time in ages. We happened to settle on the X-Games on ESPN, purely because they were showing a sport that I can only describe as Artistic Snowmobile Jumping. Basically, these guys get on snowmobiles, jump them in the air flip around and stuff, and then a panel of judges score their efforts. I suppose the criteria is like ice skating or gymnastics where they score creativity and technique and so forth… If you haven’t seen this sport, here’s a little youtube video of what it’s like:
So we’re watching this sport on ESPN, and after a while I’m noticing a couple of things about the scores. First, they’re using a 100 point scale, and all the scores are coming in between 85 and 92. Fine, I suppose they’re summing up a number of elements.
Then this one rider scores an 88.3. Point Three. Seriously, what judge decides to go decimal? You know, a 100 point scale isn’t good enough, I really need the precision of that tenth of a point to determine if the member of “Team Slednecks” is that much better than the “Red Bull Rockstars” or whatever.