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Good piece on integrating analytics for the fan. Look for more later from Craig on the Sloan Sports Analytics Convention- “Step 1: Educate the broadcasters. There is no more direct link between teams and fans than their local telecasts and it’s not as if hometown announcers need much prodding to rally the fanbase to the cause. If they can convince the fans that the refs have it in for them, they can just as easily explain why the mid-range game is deader than the ’90s and the corner three is king.
Let’s start small. Per-game numbers are more informed when adjusted for pace. Rebounding percentage is more telling than raw totals. If the broadcasters narrated the game with a few of these basic concepts in mind, fans would get a more complete picture of what’s actually happening on the court and it wouldn’t seem so mysterious.” [Flannery/SB Nation]
“Every game my dad took me to was treasured quality time. He would show me how to keep score in the program with a stubby little pencil. We would chat about my love of Joe Charboneau and how I wanted to be the first tom-tom girl. Keep in mind kids, this was before everyone was on the web. There were no cell phones, instagram, facebook, twitter or text messages. That in mind, I thought John Adams worked for the Indians and he had the best job on the planet. I had no idea he was a super fan. Usually after the first hot dog I would deluge my dad with questions on how the drummer guy got such an awesome gig. I would then ask if my dad thought I could do it…being the first girl at it and all.
He always told me yes. I could do anything I wanted he would tell me. Then, I would run off and take a nap on top of the dugout. Yes, I actually did that. It was against the Blue Jays.” [Happiness is a hot pierogi]
“Looking at the most used 3-man lineup combination of at least two non-starters since the trade, we see that Shaun Livingston – Wayne Ellington – Marreese Speights have shared the court for 173 minutes in those 16 games. In their time on the court together, they produced an offensive rating of 112.5 and a defensive rating of 104.2. The bench unit outscored opponents by 8.3 points per 100 possessions. The rest of the bench unit have also been quite good, but a couple of high usage units stand out. The 3-man lineup combination of Ellington – Miles – Walton has played 127 minutes together. And they produced an offensive rating of 121.9 and a defensive rating of 108.6. That’s a net rating of +13.3 points per 100 possessions. If you replace Miles with Livingston, they outscore opponents by a staggering 18.1 points per 100 possessions. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James – Dwyane Wade – Chris Bosh have posted a net rating of +18.4 in that same time frame.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]
This is why the internet exists isn’t it? “TOP FIVE COACHES WHO WOULD MAKE GOOD WWE WRESTLERS. NO. 1: WOODY HAYES, OHIO STATE
The other coaches in the top five could talk a great game and be some of the best entertainers around. And Hayes could kick all their behinds. We posthumously give this “honor” to the toughest SOB to coach college football. There would be no schtick, no theme music, no outlandish outfit other than an Ohio State ballcap and a whistle. Probably just a lot of submissions.” [Schwab/Dr. Saturday]
ICYMI, excellent work on the Cavaliers’ potential draft picks from this weekend. [Rosen/WFNY]