“Useless Stats”

Though I’m not the most math-savvy sports blogger—I went to Sarah Lawrence—I’m a big fan of well-written statistical analysis. My life as an active and conscious sports fan—as opposed to a guy who just cheers when the team wins—began when I read Moneyball,and since then the most interesting sports writing I’ve read, whether in print or online, has almost all started from the premise that statistics, and the hunt for better and better statistics, are a vital part of how we tell stories about sports. It’s because I’m such a fan of statistical analysis that I want to point out when it could be doing better at telling those stories.

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