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Football teams shouldn’t punt on the fourth down, according to statistics.

Grantland has a video on the football coach who never punts. Why doesn’t he? Because statistically, it doesn’t make sense.

Cal professor David Romer concluded that teams should not punt when facing fourth-and-4 or less; NFL stats analyst Brian Burke has detailed the need to rethink fourth-down decision-making; Football Outsiders has conflated punts with turnovers. You’ve even read about it on this site.

Via Kottke.

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White people think most Hispanics are illegal immigrants

Ryan Enos examines a 2008 survey on illegal immigration:

Among all white respondents, the average answer to the question about illegal immigrants was almost 2/3rds the size of their answer to the question about Hispanics – meaning, if they thought about it – they are likely indicating that they think that 2/3rds of all Hispanics in their state are illegal immigrants. Among “very conservative” whites the answer to the Hispanic question was, astoundingly, almost 3/4ths the size of the answer about illegal immigrants – implying that 3/4ths of Hispanics are illegal immigrants.

Via Andrew Sullivan.

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