Holy ShiftChart - an awesome hockey data visualization

I love discovering stuff like ShiftChart. Hockey, being a dynamic and constantly changing game, can be hard to follow – even for the most experienced and well-versed fan. Tools like ShiftChart make the game more accessible. A perfect rationale for a…

It’s going to take at least three years to undo the damage done by the two-year Pat Shurmur era. After building a bad team to play outdated football, the new Browns regime is left with a bad roster to play…

Aston Villa may just be charting a new path to success in the English Premier League. Lost in the noise of the frustrating seasons under Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish has been the way in which Villa have changed its…

Most of us fall into the trap of having unhelpful standards. Whenever we try to prove something, we end up doing the opposite. Once we know something important is at stake, the cognitive load can be overbearing and we crumble…

Blue Jackets playing some outstanding hockey

On March 1 the Columbus Blue Jackets were languishing in last place in the Western Conference with 13 points from 20 games. From that date through April 16, the Blue Jackets have earned the most points in the Western Conference,…

It seems like just yesterday sports resisted every attempt to introduce technology into their games. Traditionalists decry the removal of the human element. Modernists present technology as a matter of fairness – in that we could finally correct unjust wrong…

The timing of Bob Ryan’s recent rant against WAR in Sunday’s Boston Globe seemed a bit suspicious. While thousands of quants from the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference climbed out of bed and fire up their tablets and computers,…

Rating Club Offense Defense 1.14   Manchester Utd 0.91 -0.23 0.95   Manchester City 0.43 -0.52 0.85   Chelsea 0.59 -0.25 0.80   Arsenal 0.51 -0.29 0.61   Liverpool 0.44 -0.17 0.44   Tottenham 0.22 -0.23 0.20   Everton 0.04…

I’m pleased the Browns failed in Arizona. Not in a I hope Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner fail in their efforts to steer the Browns onto a winning path, but in a “there is more than one way to skin…

Cleveland’s front office talks quite a bit about contention. Ask most Indians fans what contention means to them and they’ll likely talk about playing baseball into October. Ask the Indians front office and you’ll likely get a discussion of the…