As you know, Bob, Bill James
revolutionised baseball with sabermetrics
, statistical analyisis of how the game is actually played. In football (soccer that is) this revolution is long overdue, as it has largely lagged behind American sports in its use of data analysis. Now however there's a chance for somebody clever to become football's Bill James, as Manchester City is going to release all player data and analysises from the 2011-12 season
Bye bye Big Mal. Malcolm Allison
, one of the most flamboyant characters in English football, has gone to the players' lounge in the sky. He certainly knew what sold, with his signature cigar, fedora and sheepskin coat, and also laid on a pretty good bath
. But all that stuff aside, he was a well-respected
manager, and will be fondly remembered by Manchester City fans (you can read the fans' tributes here, and leave your own if you are so inclined
) for leading them to glory in the late 60s and early 70s. The world is a lesser place without him.