Monday, May 11, 2020

Quote of the Day (Joe Queenan, on the Mischief of Sports Stat-Heads in Lockdown Mode)

“The one group that we don't want using this vacation time too creatively is the statisticians. Stats guys have single-handedly wrecked baseball with their ‘launch angles’ and ‘exit velocity’ and gobbledygook like ‘Wins Above Replacement.’ My great fear is that while football, basketball and hockey are in lockdown, statisticians will spend their days developing statistical categories rivaling baseball's maddening facts and figures. Things like ‘puck vortex’ and ‘carom variance.’”Joe Queenan, “Can the Lockdown Improve Our Sports?”, The Wall Street Journal, May 9-10, 2020

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