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Math, Sports And 'Bracketology'

Apr 1, 2014

Math is a subject that- many of us could agree - is anything but fascinating, or “cool” or easy to understand. But one Davidson College professor is working to turn around all those math haters. Tim Chartier made national news early this month for his work in “bracketology,” as in NCAA basketball championship brackets. His formula has had a high rate of success in picking winners and losers in the tournament. Now that we’re almost to the championship round of the NCAA tournament, we’ll join this real life Math Ambassador (yes, it’s a real thing) to talk about bracketology, about his new book Math Bytes, and his wide ranging work in trying to make math accessible, understandable, and even fun for everyone.


Joe Delamielleure is a tough guy. Delamielleure spent years in the trenches of the National Football League as an offensive lineman butting heads with some of the fiercest players. Those battles earned him a place in the Hall of Fame but he also earned a lifetime of aches and pains and, most recently, a diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease called CTE. We’ll talk with Joe Delamielleure about his career, his condition and his battle to get help from the league he helped make so popular. But we’ll also talk about the rising occurrence of concussions among athletes of all ages, the research, the impact and the future of football and other sports for school age athletes.

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Michael Tomsic

A new phrase is popping up on T-shirts, Twitter and even at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And you will absolutely hear it yelled at the Carolina Panthers' home playoff game this Sunday. WFAE's Michael Tomsic explains what it is and how it's taking off. 


Carolina Panthers

It’s been five years since the Carolina Panthers have been in the position they are this week – hosting a playoff game. Veteran offensive linemen Ryan Kalil said even though the team hasn't been great the past few years, the fans have. 

“When we've been able to sell out games and have as bad of seasons as we've had the past few years, I mean, that's pretty supportive, in my opinion,” Kalil said after practice Wednesday.

Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their first playoff game in five years. WFAE's Michael Tomsic spoke to Coach Ron Rivera and players after Monday's practice and has this report.


Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Playing for a winning high school team can sometimes be irresistible.  In 2007, a Charlotte Observer investigation found several Charlotte Mecklenburg School students lied about their addresses to get on top teams. 

The district declared more than 20 students ineligible to play.  Five high schools had to forfeit their seasons and a handful of coaches resigned or were fired.  CMS tightened its policies around athletic eligibility and tracking it.  Five years later, many of those same procedures are in place and violations are in the single digits.  CMS officials say they’re successful at keeping lying to play sports in check. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us now in the studio:

Kevin Kniestedt: Good morning, Lisa.


Charlotte Knights

Minor League Baseball’s big game is coming to Charlotte. The league announced Tuesday that BB&T Ballpark will host the 2014 Triple-A National Championship Game. 


Flickr/Suzie T

The Carolina Panthers just got their first win of the season, rousing the fans of our biggest franchise. Across town the newly minted UNC Charlotte 49ers started their inaugural football season with two wins, delighting boosters and fans and, next spring, baseball comes to uptown Charlotte. These ball clubs bring excitement, hope and exposure to the region but at what cost? The Panthers asked for millions in public funds to finance stadium renovations and the Knights got public financing for the new uptown ball park. What is the relationship between sports teams and the cities they play in? A major conference is taking place in town to ask that question, but first they tackle it with us.

Coming up at the end of the month, an event will take place At UNC Charlotte that has never happened before- the University will host its very first college football game. The 49ers previously have not had a football program, but an effort years in the making has culminated in the development of a new team over the past couple of years, and on August 31, they play their very first home game. We'll talk about what it means to the University, its students, alumni and supporters, and what effect a collegiate football team could mean for Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

  There are 22 Olympic medal winners diving into the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center this weekend – and that's only counting the Americans. 

Some of the fastest swimmers in the world begin competing in Charlotte Thursday. Hundreds of swimmers are coming to town for the Charlotte UltraSwim, including dozens of Olympians from the U.S. and abroad. The competition has taken place here since 1986.

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