With the rise of advanced analytics there have been a vast increase in ways to look at the game.  Smart teams are taking these into account, and you can see the most successful teams are increasingly looking for things that matter.

The whole Billy Beane Moneyball philosophy was to look at the data, and not just for players that “look the part”.  However, we are still stuck in the mindset that there are only two things that matter when determining who the best players in basketball are:

  1. How good is the player at ISO scoring
  2. How many raw box score counting stats can they acquire each game


Welcome to the neighbourhood …

Me: “Hello … welcome to the neighbourhood!”

New neighbour: “Hi … thanks.  Hey, can I ask you a question?”

Me: “Sure.”

New neighbour: “Is there anything we can do about that graveyard?  It can’t be good for our property values here.  Band together as a community and do something about it?”

Me: “?!??!?!?  Um, I guess you can bring it up at the next meeting with the board of directors for the complex.”

The church was there before our townhouse complex.  The cemetery as well.  Wondering why you bought this place if you didn’t like the cemetery.  I mean, it’s not going anywhere.  I, for one, love running by it.  Very serene and peaceful.

R.I.P. Grantland

It was a sad day when Grantland closed its doors to the internet.  It was the best site for long form magazine length articles on topics ranging from sports to politics to pop culture.  It was a place where you could get lengthy well written and well researched articles instead of what is usually available on the internet like articles spread across 30 pages with little content on each so you have to click to see more ads every paragraph.  Grantland was also the birthplace of Zach Lowe’s detailed NBA analysis.

When Bill Simmons left ESPN and went to HBO to start the Ringer, he stated that it wouldn’t be the same as Grantland.  The long form articles are mostly gone, replaced by much shorter articles with estimated read times in the header.  I guess he is giving the people what they want (because no one likes to read??!?!?!?!?) … and we went from 5000 word Zach Lowe masterpieces on how to guard the pick and roll to trash-tier Gawker style articles like this:

Learn to park …

The parking spots at Emma’s daycare are enormous.  There is a good 2 feet on both sides of my rather large Infiniti QX60 when I park there.  Still, people find a way to still mess up and not park within the painted lines.  So you force everybody else to shift over until the spots in the corner no longer are full parking spaces.  C’mon man … it’s not hard to get your car into these gargantuan parking spots.  Don’t f it up for everybody else.