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Ed Driscoll

Fox Butterfield, Off the Bench!

February 25th, 2013 - 9:03 am

As Joel Engel writes at  William Jacobson’s Legal Insurrection blog, “It’s impossible to guess where The New York Times now finds racism, quoting a passage from the Gray Lady’s article on pro football and the draft, one that should have been called back long before the referee called a 15 year penalty for illegal use of the race card:

For decades, hundreds of college players have gathered each year at the N.F.L.’s scouting combine, where their strength is tested, their speed is timed and, in a test to measure their intelligence, they are asked questions like “When a rope is selling 20 cents per 2 feet, how many feet can you buy for 30 dollars?”

That query is part of the Wonderlic Personnel Test, a 12-minute, 50-item quiz that has been used by N.F.L. teams since the 1970s. It is, however, infamously unreliable in predicting football success — forgettable players have scored high, stars low — and there have been quiet concerns that its reliance on knowledge taught in school might result in a racial bias.

The Butterfield Effect — it can hit a leftwing journalist harder than Night Train Lane on a cornerback blitz. As Engel adds, “I’m utterly speechless. I didn’t know that only white people learned stuff in school. Did you?”

On the other hand, hey, if the New York Times truly believes that academia is a seething cesspool of racism, have fun storming the castle, fellas.

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The Wonderlic test is just a small part of the overall testing that goes into becoming an NFL player. There are many sites that will allow you to take this test on-line: the questions are actually pretty straightforward. Having some real ability to run and hit other large men will get you farther along in the NFL hiring process than any score on the Wonderlic.
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" its reliance on knowledge taught in school might result in a racial bias."

So football players of a certain race are too stupid to learn in school? Who's being the racist here?
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