Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Clock Mistake That's Been Going On For Decades That No One Has Caught


I have yet to find someone who has spotted this.  I hope I haven’t completely missed the boat.

The National Basketball Association was the first league in America to count down the final minute of periods in tenth-of-a-second increments way back in 1989.  I swear they started doing that a lot later.  No matter; basketball and sometimes even hockey games now use that timing protocol, and beginning last year the NBA started to wind down the last five seconds of the shot clock to tenth-seconds.

Anyway, ever notice the game clock in a basketball game counting down, and just before it reaches a minute you see 1:01, then a second later 1:00, then a second after that :59.9, and then it goes down every tenth-second?

Think about that the next time you see the clock ticking down: It takes the same amount of time for it to go from 1:00 to :59.9 – which is .1 seconds – as it does to go from 1:01 to 1:00.  It takes a full second to mark off a tenth of a second.  And that’s wrong.  Right?

Just take a look at the clock the next time you see a game and tell me it’s not true, or give me a good explanation.  Because if I’m correct, every single game that has used a decimal point for their game clocks has wrongly added an extra .9 seconds to every period, or 3.6 seconds every game.

Buzzer-beating shots are made and controversial fouls are called within that extra egregious amount of time.  The results of games have probably changed because of this incorrect timing.  And it’s been driving me crazy for years now because no one in authority has noticed.

Do you know what I mean?  Does anybody see what I see?  Am I paranoid?  Maybe I should write to someone in the NBA about this.

Posted by WilliamSou at 2:56 AM

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