Monthly Archives: March 2011

Two Upcoming Sports Conferences (And a Call for Abstracts)

Co-President Emeritus Jason Rosenfeld is helping to organize (and co-chairing one) a couple of great upcoming conferences at Harvard. Here are the announcements for both: Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball “I am pleased to announce that a weekend … Continue reading

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Scott Howard vs. Teen Wolf or Steve Nash vs. ‘Nique Wilkins

by Alex Koenig The debate over Teen Wolf is at bottom a debate over the soul of basketball, and that’s one reason even people who are not Bill Simmons talk about the movie today. Let’s just state the question plainly. Who, … Continue reading

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Calculating The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’s Usage Rate, And What It Can Tell Us About Ball Hogs

Before Will Smith got his big break as the title character in Hitch, he was a little-known television actor on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a gritty early-’90s drama about class and race in America, starring Alfonso Ribeiro of Extreme … Continue reading

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It’d Take Trey Parker A Million Years To Lose, And Other Statistical Oddities Of BASEketball

BASEketball was released in 1998, and while the film did manage to catch director David Zucker before his career free fall had taken him from the heights of Naked Gun to the depths of Scary Movie 4, it was in … Continue reading

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Compiling The Absurd Box Score For Space Jam

This is Part 2 of our movie series. Part 1: Hoosiers By Andrew Mooney By now, we’re all familiar with the story: In 1994, an alien spacecraft lands in a minor league ballpark in rural Alabama, delivering Birmingham Barons outfielder … Continue reading

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An Advanced Statistical Analysis of Jimmy Chitwood’s Basketball Performance in Hoosiers

By David Roher If I asked you who the best athlete in history was, none of you would hesitate before saying “John Daly.” But the best fictional athlete? That’s a bit tougher. Rocky? Roy Hobbs? Lou Gehrig? While this question … Continue reading

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The NCAA Tournament Network

By John Ezekowitz and Ben Blatt Now that the bracket is out and fans everywhere are busy trying to find that perfect upset, a lot of attention will be paid rightly to projecting ahead. We thought, however, that it might … Continue reading

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The Yahoo! Sports $60.85 Perfect Bracket Challenge

By Ben Blatt and Bobby Samuels Every year, when March Madness comes around, numerous sites offer huge jackpots to anyone who can perform the most hallowed feat in sports betting: filling out a perfect bracket. The prizes can be staggeringly … Continue reading

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Predicting First Round NCAA Tournament Upsets: New and Improved

By John Ezekowitz (Ed Note: Please use our updated model and predictions for 2012, found here) This time last year, I attempted to create a logistic model that would predict those first round NCAA Tournaments that everyone loves so much. … Continue reading

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Who’s Better: A Power Conference Team Like 19-14 USC or a Mid-Major Team Like 23-6 Harvard?

By Andrew Cohen As a devoted Harvard basketball fan, I was disappointed on Selection Sunday.  By now, you have probably already seen the shot.  Harvard had an NCAA tournament berth in its hands, and had it stripped by Princeton.  My … Continue reading

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