Latest Project: Sports Clock

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Years ago, I made a sports calendar chart and hinted that baseball season was boring.

The people did not like that. And the tennis people didn't appreciate that the tennis season was just the four major titles with no tournaments in the middle, so I remade the chart.

This chart is wrong and inaccurate. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

This chart is wrong and inaccurate. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

This chart is not well designed. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

This chart is not well designed. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

Did the people like this one more? I suppose so. Friend of the blog, I Love Charts, asked if I'd like to include my the sports chart in their upcoming book.

If you don't want to download the JPG of the poster here, you may buy the book there.

If you don't want to download the JPG of the poster here, you may buy the book there.

Since then, I decided to make this into a real calendar. My old watch had a dial that took a year to make a full revolution and I wanted this sports chart to have the same mechanic.

Surely that thing had to exist on Amazon? No.

Ok, but surely it wouldn't be too hard to make? I seeked help on Craigslist and it was definitely hard to make.

After a little more searching, I found a Kickstarter where a guy did just that and called it "The Present". I waited patiently to buy his clock because it was out of my price range for $200, so in the meantime, I printed out the chart and attached it to the box it'd be glued to with rubber bands. Here are some things that happened in those three years:

  • Updated the chart and cleaned it up (2013)
  • Went to Boston to see the Houston Texans play the New England Patriots play in the Divisional Playoffs (2013)
  • Dwight Howard became a Houston Rocket (2013)
  • Visited all 50 states (2013)
  • Started a job at Grey (2014)
  • Got dunked on in Tompkins Square Park (2014)
  • Helped lead the Grey volleyball team to a 2-8 losing record (2014)
  • Warmed the Grey basketball team's bench (2015)
  • Tore my ACL and meniscus while playing basketball elsewhere (2015)
  • Watched the Houston Astros beat the Yankees in a Wild Card game and got food, insults and slurs thrown at me (2015)
  • Houston Rockets went to Western Conference Finals while I was in Thailand (2015)
  • Houston Cougars became AAC Champs and beat FSU in the Peach Bowl (2015)

Finally, a tweet promoting a Black Friday sale gave me the opportunity to buy The Present. When it came, I admired the artistry of the thing then gutted it for its parts and repurposed it for my thing. Everything is a remix.

Now as the days, months and sports season go by, I can know not only which hat to wear before leaving the apartment, but when to expect extremely boring ESPN Top 10 highlights. (It's July. Baseball highlights are boring, guys.)

Ego models my assortment of lucky hats.