Math nerds (like myself) celebrate Pi Day every March 14th to commemorate the awesomeness that is the ratio of a circile's circumference to its diameter. Pi has seen something of a renaissance with the cultural rise and popularity of Pi Day over the last several years. Coincidentally (or maybe it's not coincidence), the rise of Pi Day has coincided with the continued push into the mainstream of advanced stats and sabermetrics and a whole reality show dedicated to Nerdvana. (And yes, I actually watched King of the Nerds, which was strangely addicting reality television and it only made me wish there was a sports version with fantasy experts, sabermetricians, and people who blog about announcers.)
But this day long celebration of Pi Day got me thinking... how would ESPN cover Pi Day? With the Blackhawks no longer on a winning streak, the Miami Heat are going unchallenged with nothing relevant to compare their streak to. Is Pi's never repeating decimals more or less impressive than the Heat's win streak? Is Pi really the most awesome of all the irrational numbers, or is it just easier to celebrate because we can't mark a day in the calendar for the square root of 2? Is Pi truly NOW??? As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People...
@awfulannouncing Is the 22/7 still the best fractional representation of pi?or are there any new contenders— Paul Kalinauskas (@pkalinauskas) March 14, 2013
@awfulannouncing and why hasnt Pi ever won anything?— Jeremy Avery (@therealjavery) March 14, 2013
@awfulannouncing where does pi's legacy stand, given he has no rings?— Kevin O'Grady (@ogrady62) March 14, 2013
@awfulannouncing Which #3 seed is most likely to be upset by #14 in the tournament?— Kevin (@kederart) March 14, 2013
@awfulannouncing What's the best irrational number? Pi or square root of 2?— Josh Wood (@joshwood) March 14, 2013
.@awfulannouncing "I like Pi. I'm a fan of Pi. Pi and I have shared meals together That being said, Pi is the worst numerical constant EVER"— Dave Kelly (@davekellywny) March 14, 2013
@awfulannouncing Pi vs. the Fibonacci sequence: Which is more NOW?— Matthew Torino (@mtorino75) March 14, 2013
@awfulannouncing which streak is better: the Heat or the numbers behind the decimal in pi— Kevin O'Grady (@ogrady62) March 14, 2013
breaking news as reported by our own Adam Schefter, Chad Johnson (formerly known as Chad Ochocinco) has changed his name to π
@revafriedel Much as I love math, I hate pi day and think it is really stupid.