# Mathematical football.

They pass the balls in a triangular pattern, I am not sure they know this, nor do they do it consciously. Sometimes it’s an isosceles triangle, other times it’s an equilateral one. But they tend to succeed or score a goal as they call when they form a scalene triangle.

I have thought about why that is, I mean why the scalene triangle works better and I have decided it’s because no one really knows who will be part of the triangle until the last minute. Sometimes it does backfire, an opponent intersects the ball before it gets to the third angle. Just like intersecting lines in my textbook. I do enjoy watching them, and plotting triangles as they play, well they call it play, I call it unnecessary physical contact and misappropriation of mathematical skills.

Mum says I should join them.

But I can’t, their uniform is all wrong. White reflects all the colours like a rainbow, which is intolerable and blue has too short a wavelength. Perhaps if it was yellow or orange I might have tried, if only to wear my favourite colours while forming triangles.

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## 52 thoughts on “Mathematical football.”

1. iainthekid says:

Great story. True to how football is played, passing in triangles, although breaking it down to mathematics might take some of the fun out of it, for those of us who struggled with maths at school! Iain

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1. Lol!
Sorry, I would never want to take the fun out of football or would I?
Just kidding. Thanks for commenting.
🙂
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1. Lovely piece, Now that Joy pointed out the autistic bit I get it, I was sure there was something hidden that I wasn’t getting. Great job

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2. Totally agree with you here. Although it is interesting and now I’ll be noticing while I play!

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2. This is wonderful! I’m assuming the child is autistic and it comes across beautifully! Great story!

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1. Yippee!
I was hoping someone would spot it. I wanted to show the world through their eyes.
Thanks Joy!
🙂

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3. This is a really great story that shows that there are ordered thoughts behind what some people would disobedience.

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4. I love the insight in this piece! We learn so much about the narrator’s thinking process in just this handful of words.

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5. This is very good. Love the window into your narrator’s mind, the seemingly odd decisions they make all have a logical basis as far as they’re concerned. A good voice and a really strong story 🙂

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6. michael1148humphris says:

Great story, I like the manner in which you told it. Mike

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7. Great job …it is an eye opener as to how a autistic child looks at things differently than others.

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8. Great story, Chioma. 🙂 I love the character voice. A wonderful portrayal of an autistic child’s thought processes. Well done.

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1. Not bad, thanks, Chioma. I’m making slow but steady progress. Unfortunately, with the kids being on their summer holiday at the moment, I’m having to work more than I do during term time – which has been eating into my writing time quite a lot. Summer is not a quiet time for a kids entertainer! Are you and your family enjoying the summer?

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2. Awwww, hopefully it balances out soon when they go back to school. We’re good trying to make the most of the summer.

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9. Beautiful insight! As an amateur footballer myself, there is a lot of science, physics and math involved in the beautiful game. I mean, from the curling of the ball to how the players swerve the ball in, to formations and what not.

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11. Scalene triangle is too random. As a result, goal scoring chances are more….. Awesome post though.

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12. Scalene triangles are to random. As a result, goal scoring chances are more….. Awesome post though. Now I’ll be forced to observe triangles while playing football.😂

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13. Scalene triangles are too random. As a result, goal scoring chances are more….. Awesome post though. Now I’ll be forced to observe triangles while playing football.😂

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1. Sorry….. I am new to WordPress and didn’t want to spam your comment section. I’m having this problem where my comments don’t show immediately, but they pop-up after a few hours as is the case above. I intended to comment only once, but upon not seeing my comment, I gave it three tries. You can delete the early, irrelevant comments.
PS- I might be wrong, but I guess comments require your moderation first before showing up on your comments thread. If that is the case, then no problemo!

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