Archive for March, 2017

NASCAR races are some of the most exciting events of the year — watching the cars blur as they tear around the track and hearing the roar of the crowd as their favorite driver takes the lead is an experience that almost defies description. Most of us probably enjoy the races from the comfort of […]

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This week-by-week MLS Best XI aims to take out some of the reputation and biases that exist in creating a Best XI at the end of the season. Using Bayes’ Theorem based logic (not any Bayesian statistics) I am creating my overall Best XI for the 2017 season from the first week through the last. […]

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1. Snow Soccer! Switch to the UEFA club schedule, you say? I love snow soccer and the orange ball … as a change of pace. Like so many of the world’s best things, snow soccer is best enjoyed in moderation. No need for heatmaps in snow soccer. Minnesota featuring several Northern European players has a […]

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This week-by-week MLS Best XI aims to take out some of the reputation and biases that exist in creating a Best XI at the end of the season. Using Bayes’ Theorem based logic (not any Bayesian statistics) I am creating my overall Best XI for the 2017 season from the first week through the last. […]

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League-Wide Advertising and the D-League The NBA D-League’s partnership with Gatorade is unprecedented for sports in the United States. No other minor league, let alone any sports league in the US features a league wide sponsorship. With this move, the NBA will also receive “performance and recovery analysis” from Gatorade. But aside from the branding […]

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The NFL is home to some of the world’s most amazing athletes. The demands of various football positions make year-round training absolutely essential, whether it’s a lineman trying to hold back more than 300 pounds or one of many wide receivers that eclipse the 20 mph mark. Professional football players constantly have to face one […]

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Ever since the 2012 LA Kings made a Cup-winning run in the NHL playoffs as an eighth seed, there has been a sense that even those squads that barely squeak into the playoffs have a chance at making a serious run. Sure enough, this season has brought fans more than a couple teams whose place in […]

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MLS commentators and fans alike are viewing 2017 as the year of the young player. Young, quality, MLS players come in the form of young Designated Players (and Young Designated Players1), Homegrown players, TAM-level young players, or MLS SuperDraft picks. The SuperDraft, TAM signings, and Designated Players aren’t usually what people mean by “play your […]

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[[“Team“,” Avg Age“,” 11 Age“,” 11 Age – Avg Age“],[“ATL”,” 27.8“,” 26.3“,” -1.4“],[“CHI”,” 27.3“,” 29.3“,” 2.0“],[“CLB”,” 25.8“,” 26.9“,” 1.1“],[“COL”,” 26.9“,” 27.2“,” 0.2“],[“DCU”,” 28.1“,” 28.4“,” 0.3“],[“FCD”,” 26.6“,” 27.0“,” 0.3“],[“HOU”,” 28.4“,” 28.7“,” 0.2“],[“LA”,” 26.0“,” 27.4“,” 1.4“],[“MNU”,” 27.9“,” 28.3“,” 0.4“],[“MTL”,” 28.0“,” 31.3“,” 3.3“],[“NE”,” 27.8“,” 27.0“,” -0.9“],[“NYC”,” 26.8“,” 27.9“,” 1.1“],[“NYRB”,” 26.8“,” 27.9“,” 1.1“],[“ORL”,” 27.6“,” 27.6“,” 0.1“],[“PHI”,” 27.1“,” 27.7“,” 0.6“],[“POR”,” […]

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This type of article isn’t novel or new. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. My favorite sports writer, Zach Lowe, has one of my favorite takes on this and I’m emulating that here. It felt like a short off-season but an important one in MLS. The first week of 2017 is in the books […]

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The NBA D-League is rapidly changing. Since the league’s founding in 2001 as the National Basketball Development League, the NBA’s official minor league, has gone through several makeovers. Teams have come and gone, and the relationship between D-League teams and NBA clubs continues to be fluid. The league has seen NBA players like Hassan Whiteside, […]

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I’m going to do a little experiment with the 2017 MLS season. Bayes’ Theorem is both a statistical and logical technique for finding the most correct – or least wrong – answer based on probabilities. The prior position or probability, known as a Bayesian Prior if I recall correctly, is constantly updated with new information. […]

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