Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2013

What Does the Department of Analytics Mean?

The guys at BuffaloBillsDraft.com had myself and Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus in for a little interview to shed some light on "the department of analytics."

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 10 Jan 2013

14 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2013, 4:45pm by Richie


by merlinofchaos :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 5:47pm

Hey Rivers, you're a creative writer -- but isn't that a misuse of the word 'myself'?

(Sorry, I can't help busting a few chops on that one :)

by RickD :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 7:50pm

How so? Other than not observing the convention of listing the other person before "myself"? Did you miss Rivers's byline halfway down the page?

edit: or should he just use 'me'? That seems to be what Grammar Girl says.

by Anonymouse (not verified) :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 8:09pm

'Myself' is a reflexive pronoun, meaning that it should refer back to a pronoun mentioned earlier in the sentence (e.g., 'I').

So yes... 'me' would be correct here.

by Insancipitory :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 9:51pm

You ever wonder if there's a site out there dedicated to writing about the NFL dramatic narratives, with discussion threads full of formuli via some TeX to HTML or javascript markup?

by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 11:18pm

Hmmm . Swmtenxs has I in it and then have myself in it. Hadr to think of wxamplem .

I went to the store to het milk but wjiel walking there noticed had bottlte of milk attached to myself so went back home.

Guess something liek that could be a sentnsnc.s

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 9:30am

Some examples:
I went to the movies by myself.
I painted myself into a corner.
I had to kick myself for spending so much time thinking about this.

by In_Belichick_We... :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 9:37am

This make me think they are about 4 inches.

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 9:18am

This is a peeve of mine as well. It has become very common, especially among younger people, to use "myself" when "me" is correct. It's hard to understand why, because there isn't any benefit to it. It's not shorter, and it has one more syllable.

by dryheat :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:18am

Probably the same reason I hear "just between you and I" so often. They think that it's correct, and want to convey the message that they are sophisticated enough to use proper grammar when appropriate.

by DEW (not verified) :: Sat, 01/12/2013 - 9:23am

I think that's right. There's a lot of vitriol in the teaching of not to use "me" as a subject ("It's not 'me and him went to the store,' it's 'he and I went to the store.'") that it carries over, so that the use of the word "me" becomes like "ain't" and people try to avoid it whenever possible while writing formally, which in turn results in a lot of misused "myselfs."

by Anonymouse (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 3:23pm

Irregardless, you know what they mean.

by LionInAZ :: Sun, 01/13/2013 - 4:23pm

The whole point of grammar is to ensure that you know what they mean, without regard to context.

by Richie :: Tue, 01/15/2013 - 4:45pm

What's the price of bad grammar? In October 2006, a contract dispute between Canadian cable company Rogers Communications and telephone company Bell Aliant revealed that a misplaced comma can be worth $2 million.

The contract said:

"This agreement shall be effective from the date it is made and shall continue in force for a period of five (5) years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five (5) year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party."

Rogers Communications believed the placement of the second comma stated the contract was good for at least five years, while Bell Aliant said the comma indicated the deal could be terminated before if one year's notice was given.

In the end, Canada's telecommunications commission sided with Bell Aliant. They stated the comma should have been omitted if the contract was intended to last five years in its shortest possible term. As a result, Bell Alliant was able to save over $2 million by ending the deal early.


by JetFanMike :: Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:36pm