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10Feb/130

Advanced stats in basketball and the new direction of sports writing

Another great article that isn't directly correlating with hockey, but still really interested me.

This feature on Grantland's Zach Lowe:

I work a lot as anyone in the NBA does, as anyone in sports does. I always tell people I have one of those jobs that sounds amazing when you go to parties, and you do, but anyone that covers sports knows there's sort of a de facto "it happens at night and on the weekends when other people are resting" deal. Though I guess every industry is a 24/7 industry.

That article led me to this article about John Hollinger's predictions on the Raptors' season. Hollinger predicted that the Raptors would finish 12th overall with a .402 winning percentage (33-49). Right now at the 50 game mark, the Raptors are 11th overall with a .360 winning percentage (18-32).

Interesting stuff.

9Feb/130

Match-Fixing in Soccer

You can still have sports if players are cheating. You can still have sports if fans are fighting in the parking lot. Those are problems, big problems, but they can be addressed without threatening the basic concept of the game. When the outcomes of matches are being dictated from the outside, though? You no longer have a game at that point. You have something else, a weird simulacrum, pro wrestling without the feather boas. (And, almost as crucially, without the fun.) The essential idea of athletic competition — let's both show up and try to win — is no longer operating. This is why the Black Sox scandal is still the biggest in the history of American sports, and it's also why the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL, and the NCAA are all currently suing to stop New Jersey from legalizing sports betting.

Match-Fixing in Soccer by Brian Phillips, Grantland.com

Great article. I really love the point about how we turn to sports to combat the unfairness in life, because sport is fair and the rules are defined.