Chance Of Becoming The Super Bowl Football As A Cow = Chance Of Catching Plague As A Person

The sublimely dorky Freakonomics blog breaks down, in must-read fashion, the odds of becoming the one cow lucky enough to be skinned and turned into the Super Bowl football:

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To be on the safe side, the NFL orders 76 balls specifically for the big game. In total, then, we’re looking at 12,046 game balls used per year. That seems about right; in a phone interview, a Wilson representative told us that the company distributes about 12,800 footballs to the NFL every year, leaving around 750 extras for various uses.
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Whatever on earth they mean by "various uses" aside ... those odds? One in over seventeen million. Dream big, bovines.

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