With the major league baseball season about a quarter over as we head towards the Memorial Day Weekend, we came up with some interesting facts and stats that you may (or may not) be aware of. They are random and shouldn't have too much bearing on your rosters as they're just here to hopefully make you say, "Wow, I didn't know that!" We featured this last season and it was a huge success so back by popular demand, here are some of this season's most interesting facts & stats...
NEW YORK -- Not long after Frank Vogel made his questionable decisions to call timeout and replace Roy Hibbert with Jeff Pendergraph in Game 2 of the conference semifinals on Tuesday, Mike Woodson made a critical call of his own.
In the final minute of the third quarter, with the Knicks still up just three, Woodson put Pablo Prigioni back on the floor.
Nice read from John Schulmann, an advanced stats write for NBA.comCheck out this old video I stumbled upon a while back. http://youtu.be/ZZleDUucaJw
Topics that always comes up during March Madness are how each team was seeded and where was that team placed in the bracket. Entering this year’s tournament the most criticized decision by the committee was the treatment of the PAC-12 teams and the 12-seeds in general. The 12-seeds this year included Akron, Ole Miss, California and Oregon. That group had two members of the PAC-12 and two conference tournament champions in Ole Miss and Oregon.
Looking at the distance from campus, for all of the schools in the tournament field, the 12-seeds actually had the closest proximity of all the seed groups outside of the 1-seeds, which historically are seed protected and kept close to home. Did the committee actually do a favor by seeding the 12s a little high but kept them close to home? Continue reading
Well now that the field is set, agonizing who will make the tourney has shifted to who actually did. Already, there has been uproar on how many non-power 6 conference teams made it. In my last blog, I stated this was going to be a huge year for the mid-majors to gain more respect and keep the momentum rolling from the regular season. They have their opportunity and now it is about performance. The formulas and rankings put in place for team comparisons were on showcase throughout the year. With non-power 6 conferences and teams representing strong numbers, the trendy topic was to shift away from rankings like the RPI and put more faith in the eye test. This tournament I wanted to see just how useful these numbers can be in head-to-head team comparisons.
This blog will concentrate on five of the most popular metrics used today. Even though the push back on these has been strong this year, they are still used by mainstream media for talking points and comparisons, so let’s see how well they do this March Madness. I will track the results of the games and compare the two teams involved based on their SOS, BPI , KenPom, Sagarin, and RPI. All of these numbers are current, documented after Selection Sunday, before the tournament starts and will not be updated throughout the tourney. They will remain the same for consistency purposes and tracking of results based on pre-tournament rankings. After every round I will document what each one produced, both against the spread and straight up. Continue reading
As sports fans prepare for arguably the most exciting time in sports, the NCAA committee will prepare to be the most criticized group over their decisions in setting the field. Every year there are fans and analysts giving their opinions on which teams deserve to make the tournament and what their seed should have been. With the so-called “Mid-Major” conferences improving their level of talent and competition over the years, it will draw even more attention to the committee and the teams themselves. A Mid-Major is the number one team in the country for only the third time in the last ten seasons and it was Gonzaga’s first number one ranking in school history. In addition to individual team success, the Mountain West conference has battled the mighty Big 10 for top spot in conference RPI all season.
So the real question is, just how important are all of these rankings and formulas when comparing the strength of teams? Continue reading
The correct title of this blog should have read, “From Social to Reality” but that didn’t have the same ring as the overused and slightly more catchy, Fantasy to Reality. During this past summer, MGM International released a social game on Facebook that has sent me down a path of obsession. For the first time in my brief social game playing career you could play a game for free and win real-life prizes. Since MGM owns approximately 80 percent of the resorts on the Strip, including Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, and Luxor; they have the ability to offer attractive rewards. Continue reading
One thing that I love to pay attention to during the NFL season is the role perception plays. We are forced to listen to the same information spewed at us from the worldwide leader in sports, but in the betting world, is it a bad thing? Continue reading
As I was putting together some sheets for my upcoming Fantasy Football drafts I noticed quarterbacks, followed by running backs, are dominating the projected stats from ESPN and CBS. Focusing on the offensive players within the top 100 ADP (89 total, I omitted the IDPs) at MyFantasyLeague.com, below is a short summary and all the charts by position and average projections within those positions. I thought this information in one place could be helpful for my readers and especially for those of you who use Value Based Dafting and Player Consistency come draft night.
- Quarterbacks have the top 11 rankings and 13 of 14 with only Foster coming in at 12.
- The #13 QB has the same projection as the #2 RB
- Running Backs have the next 10 out of 11 spots, giving up only spot 18 to Calvin Johnson.
- The #14 RB has a higher projection than #3 WR
- QBs and RBs account for 24 of the top 25 projected ranks accoring to ESPN and CBS.
- Wide Receivers only have 2 (CJ and Fitz) inside the top 31 projected spots.
- The #26 WR has the same projection as the #3 TE.
- Tight Ends have 2 in the top 30 (Gronk and Graham), but then dont show up again until #68 (Gates). Continue reading
In the first part of this running back series, we discussed when to expect a RB dropoff to occur, and we highlighted the dropoff numbers for fantasy RBs from the ’90s. The results showed players from that decade were workhorses and by the time they reached 30 years of age, they averaged 300 carries per season and 2,700 total careers before their statistical dropoff.
For this post, the second part of the series, I researched running backs from the 2000s on the same statistical categories and compared the two groups’ dropoff period. Continue reading
Every NFL season fans and analysts breakdown the preseason strength of schedule. We dissect it trying to figure out the games our favorite teams will win and predict the likelihood of a successful season. Do teams who play a weak schedule according to the previous year’s results have a higher success rate than teams who don’t? Teams change from year to year and we have seen bottom dwellers flip in one season and Super Bowl participants not even make the playoffs. Would you rather see a schedule full of teams who missed out on the playoffs and not named New England or Green Bay? Does avoiding the top teams from a season before guarantee success during the current season? Continue reading