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.


In response to the writing challenge flash fiction for aspiring writers hosted by Priceless Joy click on the link to visit the blog. The photograph is from the lovely Yinglan (interesting photo can’t wait to see all the stories it inspires) and the challenge is to write a 100 – 150 words (+/- 25 words) story inspired by it. Do click on the link for other stories. 

52 thoughts on “Mathematical football.

  1. 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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  2. 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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      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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  3. 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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      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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