Here's A Thingy Tracking NBA Teams' Nerd Ratings Through History

FiveThirtyEight has a cool interactive up today by Nate Silver and frenemy of the program Reuben Fischer-Baum, calculating the Elo ratings throughout history for every team in the NBA. I’m a sucker for Elo ratings, so I love this. I’m also a sucker for the shitbag Knicks, so I pulled up their chart ready to cringe.… » 5/21/15 5:00pm Thursday 5:00pm

How Title IX Actually Makes Money For Some Schools 

It’s pretty common to hear that Title IX creates a huge financial burden on colleges such that even if a school is lucky enough to be making millions on football or basketball, federal law mandates that a certain amount be spent on women’s sports. Leaving aside how this story implies schools are being forced to… » 5/14/15 3:00pm 5/14/15 3:00pm

Reminder: Those Stats About Patriots Fumbles Are A Mess

After yesterday’s release of the 243-page Wells Report regarding Tom Brady’s balls, Twitter’s begun passing around the tinfoil-hat statistical analysis that was circulated earlier this year “proving” that the Patriots have turned delated balls into impossible luck with regard to fumbles. This isn’t exactly the case. » 5/07/15 5:42pm 5/07/15 5:42pm

The best example I found of this was them stating “these equations predict that the Patriots balls should have measured between 11.52 and 11.32 psig at the end of the first half, just before they were brought back into the Officials Locker Room. Most of the individual Patriots measurements recorded at halftime,… » 5/06/15 7:17pm 5/06/15 7:17pm

Wells Report Has Nine Page Statistical Analysis Of Ballghazi: LOL

Ballghazi is a perfect, perfectly hilarious scandal, and it just keeps getting better. To wit: The NFL, having ducked and dodged the many, varied complaints about the criminal behavior of its players, its own far-reaching municipal extortion schemes, and the long-term health effects of the game it promotes, has now… » 5/06/15 4:10pm 5/06/15 4:10pm

How Many Pizzas Should You Order? The Pizza Equation Will Tell You

At some point in your life you will be asked to order pizza for a group. When that time comes, don’t be afraid. All the information you need to determine how many pies to order can be found in the pizza itself. Because what is a pizza if not a tool for learning fractions? » 4/27/15 3:13pm 4/27/15 3:13pm

Teams Fouling DeAndre Jordan Lose Because They're Already Losing

During last night’s Spurs-Clippers game, TNT threw up a graphic showing the Clippers’ record when DeAndre Jordan shoots at least 12, 14, and 15 free throws in a game, implying that the donkey show you were watching at the time—a professional athlete performing his sport’s most boring component badly—is not only a… » 4/20/15 3:10am 4/20/15 3:10am

Steph Curry Looks Fast Even On A Chart

There’s no one quite like Steph Curry in the NBA, and it follows, we’ve argued, that when you look closely at the thing, there’s nothing quite like Steph Curry’s stat line, either. If you needed another example, reddit turned one up. » 4/17/15 1:58pm 4/17/15 1:58pm

Basketball's Most Influential Pick-and-Roll Turnover Ball Handlers

Today, Politico shared a list of bloggers ranked by influence by a proprietary survey conducted by an analytics firm called StatSocial. This seems useful, in its way. Similarly, Deadspin would like to share some data from Synergy Sports, a sports analytics firm. Here is a list of NBA players, ranked by… » 4/14/15 5:58pm 4/14/15 5:58pm

Darren Sharper's "Penis Monitoring" Is Evil, Retrograde Bullshit

A casual observer might take note of Darren Sharper's pending plea agreement in rape charges spread across at least four years and four different states for any number of the obvious reasons—this is, after all, a case involving a former NFL All-Pro being revealed as a serial rapist. One of those reasons, though, would… » 4/13/15 3:43pm 4/13/15 3:43pm

Bats Out of Hell: The Dumbest "Improvements" Made To Baseball Bat Design

Much like its cousin, the baseball cap, the baseball bat seems pretty simple, at first glance. Take a reasonably cylindrical piece of wood, taper it as necessary, put a little nub on the end so your hands don't slip off, and swing. Hit the ball too low, and you'll pop it up. » 4/06/15 5:15pm 4/06/15 5:15pm

How John Calipari's Juggled Kentucky's Lineups To A Near-Perfect Season

In late October, Kentucky coach John Calipari announced a unique substitution pattern, one specifically designed to take advantage of the squad's nine McDonald's All-Americans. He would platoon his Wildcats, splitting the team into White and Blue units that would alternate for several minutes spurts. The strategy's… » 4/03/15 4:00pm 4/03/15 4:00pm

Colin Cowherd Has Some Thoughts On Concussions And Knee Injuries

Diarrhea man Colin Cowherd, prompted by Rob Gronkowski saying he would take a concussion over a shredded knee, talked about the two types of injuries on his show today. Cowherd claimed he would prefer “about two to three” severe concussions over something happening to his knee.
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How Has The NCAA's New 30-Sec Shot Clock Worked This Postseason?

As a college hoops superfan, I'll watch the NIT, and even the CIT and CBI given the chance. I've even attended two CIT title games. But the reality is that there's little at stake in these events other than the chance for participating teams to play more basketball and for me to watch more basketball. However, I was… » 4/02/15 1:50pm 4/02/15 1:50pm