Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Dec 2010

Bud Goode Passes Away

Sad news to report. Bud Goode, the godfather of NFL statistical analysis, passed away last month. Goode started analyzing sports statistics back in 1959. He was a consultant to Dick Vermeil with the Eagles, then again with the Rams team that won the Super Bowl. Goode was the man who realized that net yards per pass was the best (conventional) stat to use to measure teams and quarterbacks.

It took me a month to find out this news because, to be frank, not many people read Goode's site at this point. His work has been passed by what we're doing, what Brian Burke is doing, and what Roland Beech was doing before he started doing the NBA. But he is the godfather. I wouldn't be doing this without Hidden Game of Football, and I don't know if anybody would have thought to write a Hidden Game book about football without Bud Goode doing his thing first.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 15 Dec 2010

4 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2011, 9:26pm by Gary Kilbride


by jmaron :: Wed, 12/15/2010 - 3:03pm

In 1987 I read an article in which Vermeil suggested the Vikings were likely the best team in the NFL because they had the best yards per pass play differential. That led me to lay a bunch of money on the Vikings as 12.5 pt underdogs to SF.

I later figured out that it was Bud Goode's "killer stat" that Vermeil was talking about.

I still read the site from time to time. FO and others have gone way beyond but he was clearly a pioneer.

by KingTrips29 (not verified) :: Wed, 12/15/2010 - 3:06pm

It took me by surprise as well, because I still look at his site regularly and I'm sure the notice was only posted last week.

RIP Bud.

by Spielman :: Thu, 12/16/2010 - 2:17pm

Was always interesting to hear Vermeil talk about his usage of statistics. It was clear he based a lot of what he thought on Bud Goode's work, and clear that he respected the utility of that type of analysis. I'm quite certain that Bud Goode helped make Dick Vermeil a better and smarter coach. For that, and for his work in general, I'm very grateful.

by Gary Kilbride (not verified) :: Sat, 01/08/2011 - 9:26pm

It's incomparable low class and arrogance to announce someone's death and within a handful of sentences dismiss his site as low attended and his work as exponentially bypassed.

You seem to have no idea the latter is opinion and not fact. This site is marvelous for fantasy goofs. Congratulations.

For meat and potatoes evaluation of variables and outcomes, Goode's basic categories trump anything you've done or will ever do. Every successful football bettor I know embraces Goode's YPPA Differential and similar big picture categories, and doesn't know or care that your site exists. I can't imagine using anything from this site in one of my Excel spreadsheets, particularly after this site laughably denounced rushing attempts as significant several years ago. A few friends and I have a belly laugh at your expense every time one of our prized halftime betting systems succeeds, the ones that focus on first half rushing attempts not expressed on the scoreboard or weighed by the halftime spread.

In contrast, I'll never forget reading the Inside Sports article in late summer 1987, when Dick Vermeil revealed the statistical fundamentals of the NFL, compliments of Bud Goode.