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Brain dumps from the original Bonehead.

Vince Young versus the Wonderlic.

Not a big football fan?  Don’t sweat it – this one should still make sense.  Ok, check this out… this guy Vince Young is the one of the next upcoming superstar quarterbacks.  He was the MVP of this years college football national championship, yadda yadda yadda.  The guy can run, he can throw, he can improvise and, bottom line, he can flat out play football. 

Next comes the NFL Combine; it’s the “interview process” that college football players have to go through before they can get signed to their multi-million dollar pro contracts; they’re measured and tested in every imaginable way, strength, speed, a variety of agility drills and even a modified SAT/IQ test called The Wonderlic.  It’s a 50-question, multiple choice test WITH difficulty levels varying from very simple to very complex.  There is the now-infamous:

The ninth month of the year is: 1) October  2) January  3) June  4) September  5) May

But others are much more difficult such as:

In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?

Fantastically complicated?  No, not hardly.  But how many intelligent adults do each of us know that would have difficulty solving an algebraic equation with two variables?  Ok, so the Wonderlic is no pushover but let’s not oversimplify either… a score of 6 would make him just barely smarter than your shoes. 

Ouch.  ‘Cause, you know… that’s like… damn.

Now here’s the kicker – unlike a player’s 40-yard-dash time or how many times they can bench press 225lbs under John Lott’s expert motivation; a player’s Wonderlic score is supposed to be private.  How did it leak out that our boy Vince scored a six in the first place?  And just in case you’re thinking it, put the Race Card back in your pocket: all it takes is a quick Google search to find a website where you can look up over a hundred different quarterback’s Wonderlic scores!

There’s three young quarterbacks I’d like to draw your attention to – J.T. O’Sullivan, Wes Pate, and Zak Kustok that each scored a 35 (means they’re probably pretty damn smart) on this test.  Ever hear of any of these guys?  How about Steve McNair, Dan Marino and Terry Bradshaw?  Probably heard of them because they’re arguably some of the best to play that position.  Each of them scored a 15 (means they’re… well… y’know) on the test!  So, this Wonderlic is clearly no indicator of success in the professional ranks.  If it’s not a clear indicator of success or failure, and it’s supposed to be confidential anyway, then why did the information come out at all and why the hell does anybody care??

Anyone?

-E

March 10, 2006 - Posted by | Observations, Sports

1 Comment »

  1. Ok….This has to be one of the stupidest (is that a word?) things that I have ever heard….A standardized test for football players???? I am not a proponent of standardized test anyway; the tests (IMO) do not truly gauge anything. AT ALL….

    Poca

    Comment by Poca | March 13, 2006 | Reply


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