30 Mar 2010
So I was debating with a friend at work today comparative performances of athletes in different eras... and I insisted that the guys with highest career punting averages were from past eras and not so much current punters (I had remembered thinking that to myself when looking at those numbers a few years ago).
Anyway we ended up referencing the career punting average page at:
To my surprise there were a significant number of recent players on the list.
As I looked at the top-25 something stood out immediately... all the players were either current (played in 2009, with one exception who last played in 2007) or finished up their career in the early 70s (1973).
Nobody who played the bulk of their career in the 70s, 80s or 90s.
It seemed strange that such a large sample size would be absent from the data.
Then it occured to me to look at the when the K-ball starting being used... BINGO. 1999.
Every one of the players in the top-25 of averages either fisnished their career prior to the 1974 season *OR* played most of their career with a k-ball.
Just thought someone else might find that odd.
3 replies , Last at 06 Apr 2010, 11:23am by Spielman