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Too busy, too valuable?
  • 1/31/2013 7:08:35 PM
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"their analytics person is too busy over the next few weeks to talk."


It not a surprise that analytics persons are busy nowadays as they have become the cream of the crop in the job market.

Re: Pass the beignets and pour me another Hurricane!
  • 1/31/2013 12:31:47 PM
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@Broadway - I've been to the Big Easy 8-10 times but for some reason all my strolls down Bourbon Street blend into one meandering memory.

Re: Pass the beignets and pour me another Hurricane!
  • 1/30/2013 9:36:29 PM
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@Callmebob, I am impressed you can remember your strolls down Bourbon St!

Re: Pass the beignets and pour me another Hurricane!
  • 1/29/2013 6:28:56 PM
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@Broadway - Actually no, not in NOLA for the game so I can't provide any live reports from down in the French Quarter. Alternatively, I can provide a few reports in the Fear and Loathing vein a la Hunter Thompson from previous memorable strolls down Bourbon St. I don't think anyone would notice the difference.

Laissez les bon temps rouler 49ers!

Re: The game in analytics terms
  • 1/29/2013 1:43:11 PM
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Broadway interesting now how accurate have they been in the past? Shall we be Monday morning ...well you know on Monday!

Re: Just saying -- ND
  • 1/29/2013 1:21:11 PM
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@SaneIT, Andy Reid was head coach for 14 years at the Eagles and had never been a head coach before that. But during those 14 years, that chart was always big. The question became, though, how much he had to do with play-by-play calling. Some theories in the press suggested he had ultimate veto on every play call made by his offensive coordinator, which adds another level of complexitiy and confusion.

Re: Just saying -- ND
  • 1/29/2013 7:45:46 AM
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So he had the data but couldn't manage it?  I know this will probably never happen but I'd like to see a mock up of that chart to see how it was used.  Every conceivable situation in a game is a big list, I can imagine how confusing that could get when the pressure is on.  My next question is has he always used that big chart?  Is this an attempt to have the information available and it's causing paralysis by analysis?

Re: Just saying -- ND
  • 1/28/2013 9:57:34 PM
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@SaneIT, I live in Philadelphia and have first-hand experience with a coaching staff that got frequently paralyzed by data in big-game, in-game situations. The coaching staff of Andy Reid. Who are nearly all FIRED now. He was notorious for taking 10 minutes to call each play in the 2-minute drill at the end of the game. If you ever watched him in a game, he had a laminated sheet of paper like 3 feet x 4 feet in hand always. That sheet contained plays for him to call in every conceivable down and distance situation. The writing on the sheet was so small, perhaps that is what took him so long to call plays in key situations.

Re: Pass the beignets and pour me another Hurricane!
  • 1/28/2013 9:53:59 PM
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@Callmebob, are you actually in NOLA in preparation for the big game? If so, please provide some play by play action of what's going down on Bourbon St. I'll check back in at, say, midnight for your first report.

Re: The game in analytics terms
  • 1/28/2013 9:52:50 PM
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@Maryam, they actually do virtually model pro sports games ahead of time to predict the result. Here is one done on the upcoming Super Bowl, forecasting a 49er win. Boo!

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