I saw an interesting bit on the Discovery Channel last night. It was a show called Sports Science, which was 12 minutes of interesting stuff, 28 minutes of rehashing and slow motion replays, and 20 minutes of commercials. A bit painful to watch but the topics were interesting.
One of them pitted Drew Brees against an Olympic archer in an accuracy contest from 20 yards. The target was your typical archery board with the yellow bullseye as pasted above. The bullseye is 4 1/2 inches across with th inner bullseye about 1/2 of that.
The challenge the most bullsyes with ten arrows and ten footballs. Before the results, take a moment to take a guess at the results….
I was thinking about 7 bullsyes for the archer and 3-4 for Brees. Archers have those scopes which I thought would make it pretty easy for them. 20 yards seemed shorter than I remember seeing on tv. For the NFL QB, we have all seen those tv competitions where they try to hit a moving target. They do pretty well on the short ones but it is pretty hit and miss on the medium to long-range throws.
And now the results. The archer got 5 of 10 in the bullseye with 1 arrow in the inner bullseye. Not too shabby. Brees takes his turn and bam, bullseye. Then bam, another bullseye. Them bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. That’s right, Brees went 10 for 10 with 4 in the inner bullseye! Unbelievable.
So when you watch the games this weekend and they talk about threading the needle or you see a QB squeeze a ball into really tight space, you can know that there is very little luck involved. These guys are good.