Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Swing Game

By David Roher Update: An astute commenter below pointed out a key mathematical error that I made. The corrected values on the table are in italics. It seems that every game in a short series gets classified as either a … Continue reading

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NFL Running Back Strategies

By Jake Fisher Last NFL season, I looked at how single-back rushing systems (one primary running back) compared to multi-back rushing attacks. It turned out that multi-back teams ran the ball slightly better. 

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NFL Competitive Parity

By Jake Fisher People love to talk about competitive parity in sports, most of the time to say that it doesn’t exist. The Wall Street Journal article, linked above, takes a stand that the salary cap/floor structure of the … Continue reading

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Meeting Notes – October 28

By Jonathan Adler The leadoff question asked HSAC members to proclaim their favorite sports video game. Answers included: Backyard Baseball, Madden 08, Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey, Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball, FIFA Road to the World Cup (which, it was argued, … Continue reading

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Discussing the Kovash-Levitt Minimax Paper

In addition to our own research, a major part of HSAC is the discussion of other projects in the sports world.  Steven Levitt (of Freakonomics fame) and Kenneth Kovash recently released a working paper on game theory in the NFL … Continue reading

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Carl Morris’ look at the US Open

During the time we were transferring to this new blog, our faculty advisor, Carl Morris, analyzed Serena Williams’ outburst at last month’s US Open.  Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about Prof. Morris’ calculations.  Better late … Continue reading

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A Clever Rule

By David Roher If you’re like me, you might have spent some time thinking about a peculiar rule in the seedings for the MLB Playoffs: if the #1 seed in a league (the best record among the 3 division winners) … Continue reading

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