14 Oct 2005
By now you know the name Ben Alamar: he helped with some of the statistical formulas in PFP 2005 and is involved in PROTRADE. He's also the editor of a new scholarly journal from Berkeley Electronic Press, the Journal of Quantatative Analysis in Sports. I'm on the editorial board along with some other names you might recognize, and I have a piece in the first edition called Football's Hilbert Problems. It's a quick look at some of the many issues that the nascent science of football research eventually needs to study, inspired by a similar baseball-related article that Keith Woolner wrote in Baseball Prospectus 2000. Also in the first edition: a review of K.C. Joyner's book by San Francisco 49ers Director of Football Operations Paraag Marathe, and an article on ranking college football teams.
15 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2005, 2:48pm by Zac
NFL ties are usually on the kicker anyway, but the Cardinals and Seahawks took things to a new level. Also: more late-game magic for Colts and Lions, and Mike Tomlin's questionable decision-making.