in Minnesota on the 16th anniversary of 9/11.
So what is in a big play? A big play has, obviously, the practical effect of making you more likely to win a game. But big plays are also generally believed to create the psychological effect known as “momentum.” Your numbers minded analysts scoff at momentum believers as the sports equivalent of evolution deniers. Study after study shows that NBA players who’ve sunk five straight shots are no more likely to hit the sixth; that MLB players with a long hitting streak going are no more likely to get a hit the next game; that the team that came back to send the game into overtime is no more likely to win it.