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We Went There: The 1997 NBA Finals, Live From Pyongyang

By Cameron Dowd, Andrew Mooney, and Kevin Meers This post can also be seen at grantland.com here. North Korean basketball enthusiasts have long remained anonymous, as their sport flew as far under the radar as most other objects in North Korea. But their … Continue reading

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The Celtics Without Rondo

By Ryan Fortin On January 27th this year, Celtics fans across the country watched their favorite team beat the rival Miami Heat in an overtime thriller. Not many people celebrated, however, as the team’s star point guard, the future of … Continue reading

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Links We Like: SSAC Edition

In honor of the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference taking place in Boston this weekend, here are our favorites from among the research papers presented: Live by the Three, Die by the Three: A game theoretic look at how NBA teams … Continue reading

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A Quantitative Forecast of the Oscars

By Ben Zauzmer The Oscars are dramatic, exhilarating, entertaining, and…mathematical? In an awards show famous for upsets, plot twists, politics, and preference, I set out to determine if numbers alone can accurately model the Academy’s voting patterns. Last year, in … Continue reading

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Links We Like: Good Reads From the Week of Feb. 4

What was the best Super Bowl ever?: Deadspin’s Reuben Fischer-Baum comes up with a definition for “watchability” and applies it to past Super Bowls. Denver is the NBA’s most well-rounded team: Over at NumberFire, Zach Warren looks at lineup balance … Continue reading

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One Less Show in Town: the NHL Lockout and NBA Attendance

By Andrew Mooney It wouldn’t have been much of a surprise to see the Grousbeck family sharing one or two celebratory fist bumps on September 16, the day the NHL officially locked out its players. With one less horse in … Continue reading

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Links We Like: Good Reads From the Week of Jan. 21

Player TOI Usage Charts: Over at Hockey Analytics, David Johnson unveils a new way to visualize Time on Ice in the NHL. The Economics of Sports Insurance: The Economist examines the professional athlete insurance market and the various complications it presents. … Continue reading

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Follow-up: There Is No Red Zone

By Kevin Meers Last week, Kirk Goldsberry and I published an article on Grantland that effectively visualized how a team’s Expected Points change with the line of scrimmage, down, and distance. We wanted to highlight and analyze exactly how down … Continue reading

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Links We Like: Good Reads From the Week in Sports Analysis

We’re unveiling a weekly feature in which we compile our favorite pieces of sports analysis from the week that was. Here goes nothing: Nate Silver’s Analysis of the Baseball Hall of Fame Snubs: Nate takes a closer look at some of … Continue reading

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Embrace the Chaos: the NFL Playoffs and Variance

By Andrew Mooney For interested fan or gambler, the NFL playoffs can be infinitely maddening to comprehend. Those Cincinnati Bengals that had won seven of their last eight? Well, they’re out, held to just -6 passing yards in the first … Continue reading

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