Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Feb 2010

Some Stats Don't Lie

No! Don't do it, tbo.com's Ira Kauffman!

Some stats don't lie. Since 2005, the Bucs are 2-15 when attempting 20 or fewer rushes and 22-2 with at least 31 rushing attempts.

Brain asplode.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 15 Feb 2010

27 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2010, 2:33am by tuluse


by dbostedo :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 6:38pm

Correlation =/= Causation, Correlation =/= Causation, Correlation =/= Causation, Correlation =/= Causation, Correlation =/= Causation, Correlation =/= Causation, Correlation =/= Causation

And along those same lines :


by Arson55 :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 10:48pm

What a wonderful world the internet is. I love it when football and nerd collide. Seeing a link to xkcd at a football site is a beautiful thing.

by dedkrikit (not verified) :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 12:15am

Make sure to mouseover for more comedy. :)

by commissionerleaf :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 3:54pm


by Danish Denver-Fan :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 6:41pm

These always make my day. In a tragic sort of way...

by DrewTS (not verified) :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 6:43pm

This line of thinking will never, ever, EVER go away. Kneel to win, baby!

by JIPanick :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 6:44pm

But the stats don't lie... When the Bucs are ahead, they run more. Mr. Kauffman has discovered a vast conspiracy to lose games and keep Cadillac's carry count down, thus preserving him for future use!

by Sander :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 8:22pm

You wouldn't believe the Bucs fans outrage at not giving equal time to a terrible running game. Every time someone says 'We don't run enough' I go 'maybe that has something to do with the running being ass this year' and then the response is 'if we ran more, we'd be better at it!'

by Theo :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 7:33pm

Since the 1800s the number of pirates has declined. But global warming went up and so did natural disasters.
People dress up like pirates during halloween, what happens next? Colder weather.
Somalia and Indonesia have the lowest CO2 production. Where are the most pirates? Right, in the waters near Somalia and Indonesia.

Obviously: pirates = good for nature.

by Snowglare :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 8:48pm

I support this theory. Up with pirates! Down with temperatures!

by jebmak :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 10:15pm

Hear Hear! Well said.

by Independent George :: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 10:57pm


by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 12:17am

That may be my favorite non-Raiderjoe comment ever on FO.

by tally :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 1:12am

I didn't know Theo was a follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


by Still Alive (not verified) :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 1:24am

LMAO, xkcd and his noodliness.


by Ghost In The Shell (not verified) :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 1:29am

so much win

by DeltaWhiskey :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 11:33am

Global warming = run to win

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 10:37am

"Obviously: pirates = good for nature."

so Pittsburgh should be the healthiest place on the planet

by Independent George :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 11:17am

Then why are the Japanese so healthy? No pirates anywhere on account of all the ninjas.

by DrewTS (not verified) :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 12:25pm

Highest per capita rate of drunken karaoke = health

by Theo :: Tue, 02/16/2010 - 3:56pm

I bet you're one of those sceptic people who still think monkey's are our ancestors because we share 95% DNA?
Well guess what, we share 99.9% DNA with pirates.

by tuluse :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 1:50am

Well only with pirates of the same gender.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 12:43pm

Pirates are actually hermaphroditic, a little-known fact. You just read it on the internet, so it must be true.

by DrewTS (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 12:47pm

That would explain how the pirate species always seems to carry on, even though you very rarely see a lady pirate.

by BigCheese :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:07pm

I think you mean septic people, since only someone with the altered mental state brought on by sepsis, would think monkeys are our ancestors.

Now, those of us with a grade-school education and even a cursory understanding of evolution (instead of creationists' talking points) understand that monkeys clearly can't be our ancestors, since they're sitll around. We also understand we share a fairly recent common ancestor and they're probably our closest evolutionary cousins.

But by all means, don't let facts get in the way of doctrine...

- Alvaro

by tuluse :: Sat, 02/20/2010 - 2:33am

Way to kill a joke.

by DivisionNick (not verified) :: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 12:37am

I really hoped I was done with Ira Kauffman. As an out of town fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning, I was forced to read his column, which was routinely terrible and a mockery in hockey circles. This type of statement does not surprise me.

Speaking of Tampa reporters, I really miss Chris Thomas, who passed away in 2004. He was generally good, but get him talking horse racing and he just hit a completely different gear.