Monthly Archives: January 2011

R Squared is the Important Part

I’ve emphasized using R squared a fair amount on the blog, and I didn’t think it would be a big deal.  But apparently it’s more controversial than I thought.  So this post is about why you should always check your … Continue reading

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Sweetness

If you don’t read Henry Abbot’s TrueHoop blog on ESPN.com, you should.  I don’t always agree with him, but it’s almost always interesting and he’s much more measured than many sports writers and talking heads out there, which I appreciate.  … Continue reading

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Conference Championship Round-Up

The Steelers beat the Jets 24-19 and the Packers beat the Bears 21-14 this past weekend, fulfilling the ‘best team should win’ course that I hoped would turned out.  Pittsburgh and Green Bay are the best of the four teams … Continue reading

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Smackdown Check-up

I believe that as of this weekend every NBA team has played at least 41 games, meaning we’ve hit the middle of the season.  As such, I thought I should take a look at my predictions for Dre’s NBA Stat … Continue reading

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NFL Conference Round Picks

And then there were four.  The Bears host the Packers and the Steelers host the Jets today to determine which two teams will be overanalyzed to death in the next two weeks before the Super Bowl.  I personally dread the … Continue reading

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The Visual NFL Season

I don’t particularly believe in momentum in sports, but I did want to take a look at how teams in the NFL changed this year.  I decided to take a first crack by plotting each team’s power ranking (explained here) … Continue reading

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NFL Divisional Round-Up

I think the typical NFL fan had two surprises this weekend; people who have read my blog or Brian Burke’s only had one, which just happened.  The expectation in the divisional round is that all the home teams will win; … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Story

Phil has a couple of new posts on rebounding.  In his initial post (the first link), he ran a regression using the number of rebounds a team’s centers get per game to predict how many rebounds the rest of the … Continue reading

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NFL Divisional Round Predictions

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is a very different beast from the wild card round.  The wild card is a match-up of the two worse division winners and the next two best teams; e.g. teams 3 through 6 … Continue reading

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The Challenge

Guy offered a challenge to me recently which I accepted.  It probably wasn’t on par with The Contest or the Battle of Wits (have you heard of Hollinger? Berri? Ilardi?  Morons!), but it was fun nonetheless.  The challenge was this: … Continue reading

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