Finally the real thing approaches and the NFL artificial universe resumes. Pause now to contemplate this: you will behold your favorite team snap the ball 1,000 times this season. Some laws of nature seem plucked from a hat, such as Planck's constant, which is 6.626 times 10-34th joule-seconds. Others seem hauntingly round numbers; during a normal lifespan, the human heart beats two billion times. Another hauntingly round-number constant is Easterbrook's Law of 1,000 Plays.