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Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    Totally unexpected completely enjoyable read!

    As both an engineer geek and a football fanatic, this book immediately appealed to me. It aims to tackle several sports myths using statistical analysis pulled from years of professional sports data, and while that sounds boring, it is truly anything but.

    The authors do an excellent job of using statistics to break down all types of sports myths. "Defense wins championships?" Maybe, maybe not. Punt on fourth and a mile? Not always. The Chicago Cubs are cursed? Troubled maybe, but probably not cursed. Each myth is discussed in detail, and set up using anecdotal evidence from across the major sports world. Then the analysis is described in layman's terms, and the results range from entertaining (yes, there is a home field advantage, but not for the reasons you think) to almost shocking (what do you mean don't EVER punt?).

    As an engineer, I am a numbers guy, but the book is written in such a way that any sports enthusiast will appreciate it, even if he or she never got past algebra. It's easy to understand and easy to retain, and I have already used the book to spark debates at work, in my carpool, and with my father (a fellow sports guy) over the phone. You might not agree with all the conclusions, but this book will certainly make an impression.

    Great gift for sports nuts, especially from football, basketball, soccer, and hockey. I am already looking forward to the sequel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Stats and Numbers

    If a fan of stats, you will love it... if not a number fan, then its not for you. Very interesting read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Statistica you've never thought of, an sports. Very interesting book

    Enjoyed this book a lot.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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