The Football Prospectus is up and running.
August 16, 2002 11:28 AM   Subscribe

The Football Prospectus is up and running. The good folks who work on the Baseball Prospectus have turned their attention to NFL. This is their inaugural effort. Their contrarian thinking and in-depth statistical analysis has (slowly) started to creep its way into MLB coverage. Can their unique take and historical perspective change football's conventional wisdom as well?
posted by herc (9 comments total)

(I've taken the liberty of posting a "yawn" to save Meta's non-sports fans the trouble of having to do it.)
posted by herc at 11:30 AM on August 16, 2002

Perhaps more effective on Sportsfilter, where they're also discussing the baseball strike.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:34 AM on August 16, 2002

Here's the direct link to the related SportsFilter thread.
posted by kirkaracha at 12:23 PM on August 16, 2002

this'll be a good read. the rigorous, statistical research into baseball over at baseball prospectus is very refreshing, although occasionally nagging. you learn some things that you never knew (for example, that most running backs decline after a season in which they carry the ball more than 375 times.
posted by moz at 12:28 PM on August 16, 2002

What a jerkface.

(I've taken the liberty of posting of "What a jerkface." to save the MeFi users who don't offhandedly insult the hobbies of other users the trouble.)

(And I'm not even a sports fan!)
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:28 PM on August 16, 2002

A followup -- as someone who doesn't follow sports, can someone explain this project to me? The Sportsfilter link had a short explanation, but not enough to really stir my comprehension.
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:29 PM on August 16, 2002

Woo hoo! Thanks for the link, Hercster!
posted by Holden at 12:46 PM on August 16, 2002


pro football prospectus is a publication dedicated to statistical analysis of the game of professional football. many football analyses are anecdotal ("he throws like john elway, so i think he's gonna be good") or otherwise vague. these people want to dispel the mystery and try to explain why teams and players succeed by their statistics.
posted by moz at 5:20 PM on August 16, 2002

Ok, got it. You know, the first time I ever felt like I might enjoy watching baseball was when hearing about how Steven Jay Gould liked it because it was statistical...
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:40 PM on August 16, 2002

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