This week's U.S. election had former baseball analyst Nate Silver and his stunningly-good election predictions at the centre, suggesting that we may be on the verge of a new era of advanced statistics in politics. Silver correctly predicted the outcome in what looks to be a perfect 50 for 50 states on Election Day in 2012 after going 49 for 50 in 2008.
It's not just the analysts using them, either, as Dan Levy makes a solid case that acquiring and using advanced statistical information on how to reach voters in specific areas and demographics was crucial to Barack Obama's re-election. What's remarkable, though, is that while the anti-stats backlash in politics proved reminiscent of the wars from years ago in baseball, Silver and the others using advanced statistical models for politics have already made more progress on one key front than the sports statistics community.no comments
College basketball is here... with a bunch of games taking place on ships. That seems to be the en vogue thing to do these days after all. Below is your composite schedule for all the college basketball on offer to open this 2012-2013 season on the way to March. The fun starts today with Michigan State-Connecticut and Kentucky-Maryland on ESPN and Ohio State-Marquette on NBCSN...no comments
The NHL Lockout is still dragging on and if there's one tragic element for us, it's the league taking away the best play by play man in sports from hockey fans - Doc Emrick. We've been keeping an eye out for Emrick's name in the news to see what kind of work he would pick up, if any, during the NHL Lockout. Last month, he called figure skating for NBC. Now, he'll go back to the minors tonight and work an ECHL game for the Fort Wayne Komets with Bob Chase, who Emrick grew up listening to...no comments
I don't think Dirk Nowitzki will be quitting his day job any time soon.
The video is obviously meant to be funny, and I guess the fact that he doesn't appear to know what he's even singing does strengthen that assertion. Adding to that, he's German after all and not even "born in the USA." And as far as I can tell, he's not even drunk in this video, so at least he's not too self-concious, which is a good thing.
Maybe the fact that he wasn't born in the USA helps make sense of what we are seeing above? I'm not entirely sure, but he at least gets an "A" for the passionate effort. Hopefully with that same strong effort rehabilitating his recent off-season knee surgery, he'll be back on the court before we know it.
[H/T: Ball Don't Lie]no comments
One of the most intriguing questions in televised sports on the horizon is which network will broadcast the inaugural college football playoff in 2014. With sports rights fees increasing exponentially across sports, the popularity of college football, and the groundbreaking nature of a playoff, it's sure to fetch an enormous amount of money for everyone involved in college football. Well, except the student-athletes of course. But hey, everyone else will get even more insanely rich! Hooray!
A CBSSports.com report from Dennis Dodd has the first real hard news from potential playoff negotiations. An offer is already on the table for the four team playoff and it's a mega offer from ESPN approaching $500 million per year...no comments
Both the Thursday and Monday night games this week lack a certain amount of appeal with 1-7 Jacksonville hosting Indianapolis and the Chiefs, yes the 1-7 Chiefs that have failed to lead for an in-game second, travelling to Pittsburgh for Monday night. Fox has the doubleheader with a matchup of disappointing NFC East teams, Cowboys-Eagles, as the nationally televised game. One national window that should deliver though is SNF's matchup: 7-1 Houston at 7-1 Chicago.
Broadcast Maps via the506
Thursday, November 8
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars [NFLN 8:20PM] Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock & Alex Flanagan
Sunday, November 11
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints [FOX 1PM] Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals [FOX 1PM] Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings [FOX 1PM] Dick Stockton, John Lynch & Jennifer Hale
Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers [CBS 1PM] Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins [CBS 1PM] Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots [CBS 1PM] Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
San Diego Chargers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers [CBS 1PM] Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks [CBS 4:05PM] Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles [FOX 4:25PM] Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers [FOX 4:25PM] Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jaime Maggio
Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears [NBC 8:20PM] Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle Tafoya
Monday, November 12
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers [ESPN 8:30PM] Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters
Byes: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins
Skip Bayless will soon appear on Awful Announcing's Mount Rushmore to commemorate his "visceral unctuousness" as Erik Malinowski so expertly put it in this guest column. For Bayless to gain almost 50% of Tuesday's vote against the likes of Chris Berman, Craig James (yes, that Craig James), and Matt Millen is a testament to his unique brand of corrupted punditry over the last year.
Now, there are many who will say this is exactly what Bayless wants. By criticizing Bayless, one promotes his work and gives him some sick twisted sense of satisfaction. There's a burgeoning cry to "don't feed the troll" and pretend that Bayless doesn't exist and isn't being promoted by ESPN at every turn.
This is as much fantasy as Bayless' punditry.
Skip Bayless is a real force in the sports world... for all the wrong reasons. He brings ratings, he brings buzz, he has a committed following, and ESPN has made the decision that any publicity is good publicity and Skip's embracing of debate brings them any publicity first and foremost.
I fundamentally disagree with this notion.
We need Skip Bayless on our Mount Rushmore and we need to continue to call out his antics to hold First Take and ESPN accountable for dumbing down our sports culture and bringing out the worst in sports. I'd much rather call a spade a spade and exert energy exposing Skip Bayless' most recent dumpster fire of a mega-column on LeBron James than be a complicit bystander and allow it to fester unfiltered. Why? Because we should demand better.
Let me clear one thing up before we take a dive into the dark abyss that is the written word of Skip Bayless. I root against LeBron James. I abhor The Decision and what he did to the Cavaliers. But, he doesn't deserve 4,247 words of self-gratifying, non-sensical, baseless information to be written about him by a company that calls themselves the worldwide leader in sports.
Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride.no comments
Charles Barkley's SI interview with Richard Deitsch continues to make headlines. Earlier this week, Deitsch led his media column a note that Barkley was considering leaving TNT before the end of his current contract to move on to a new challenge. In a full interview published Wednesday, the always outspoken Barkley had a very brunt critique of the business and sideline reporting in particular.
Notably, Barkley speaks of discriminataion in sideline reporting and says "If you are an ugly woman, you have no chance of getting a TV job." Here's the full exchange...no comments
Looks like the afternoon window may be stronger than primetime this week with A&M/Alabama and Oregon State/Stanford both happening early in the day. As always, the full announcing schedule is after the jump and particulars are subject to change...no comments