Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Trivia vs. Statistics

From Advanced NFL Stats:
Who has the longest interception return ever? Which running back ran for
the most yards in a single game? What team scored the most fourth
quarter touchdowns in a season?

Answer: I don't care.

That's trivia, not statistics. What I'm interested in is analysis. What
makes a winning team? Is it better to go for it or punt on 4th and short
at the 50 yard line? Which teams are most likely to make the playoffs?
How much does luck play a part in any game?


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