Stats and Sensibility: Decrying a Dearth of Soccer Statistics

Soccer season is starting all across Europe, while here in the United States we’re in the MLS stretch run before the playoff field crystallizes. As you could probably deduce for yourself by the column’s title, I’m a big fan of statistics. Give me something to break down and I’ll be able to manipulate the data in different ways, enough iterations and trial-and-error to amuse myself for hours. So after getting to watch the opening... Read More

NTSF 110: New challenges on the horizon, the reality of health and sports and more…

The sports world is in another one of those moments in the year where everything begins to crunch together at once for fans in the United States. The NBA joined the NHL this week in starting its regular season. College football enters its stretch drive, while the NFL prepares for its second half of the season. Oh, and there’s that matter of a few more baseball games to be played in San Francisco and Arlington… But that is just the tip... Read More

NTSF 102: Final majors of 2010 in cycling and tennis, soccer’s tournament cycle begins anew and more…

Wow… seems that the beer my wife bought me last night really did a number on me. As I sat in front of the computer on Wednesday, digesting the 22 ounces of Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Brewery (13.0% alcohol by volume) and trying to finish up stage recaps from the Vuelta and musings from the U.S. Open and yes, this column as well, I instead felt my eyelids falling, falling, falling… Read More  Read More

NTSF 095: Spanish World Cup champs, F1 fireworks, Lance’s Tour and more…

It has been a long, strange trip writing this column over the past two years. What began as a humble request to write a weekly post in a now-defunct group of the SI-affiliated fan site FanNation found itself moving along with me when I became the managing editor of Informative Sports. We had a great 20-month run at ISC, but now — just as my wife and I seem to be fond of finding a new residence once a year or so — the column moves yet... Read More