The Road Least Traveled

Just how hard is it to make the NBA (National Basketball Association)? Further, how hard is it to make a career out of the NBA? It's much, much more difficult than you might think.

I examine rookie Jarnell Stokes' rise through high school, college and finally the NBA. Does he have what it takes to stay in the NBA or will he wash out like so many others?

Click here to read the article on Statistics Views.


The Rise of the Samurai Pitcher

Since the early 90s, Japanese pitchers have been infiltrating Major League Baseball. Starting with Hideo Nomo through Masahiro Tanaka (NY Yankees), they've made their mark. For better or worse, they are here to stay.

What's behind this trend? How did it get started?

And just who *are* these guys anyway?

Read all about it here.


Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup

England - the country that invented association football (soccer). Steeped in pride and history, the English national team has struggled at the World Cup.

Some blame the Premier League.

Some blame the players.

Some blame English culture.

The topic is hot and the 2014 World cup is upon us. Sports fans in England are frustrated and anxious. Is England up for the challenge this year?


Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: How the NFL evolved from run, run, run to pass, pass, pass.

It's Super Bowl Sunday and I can't think of a better date to share my published on January 31, 2014 on Statistics Views titled "Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: The Evolution of Passing in the NFL". Did you know that passing wasn't even legal in football until 1906? Did you further know that it was first put in as a way to reduce the number of deaths occurring in the game?

Once passing was introduced, it was only a matter of time before coaches created new ways to utilize this powerful attack. Over the years, it has transformed the offensive game from a running attack to a passing attack, elevating the quarterback as master and commander of the football field. Check out the story here.


The British are Coming!

Last month I wrote an article for Statistics Views about Triple Crown horse racing - specifically, English Triple Crown racing. Did you know there was such a thing? As it turns out, it's quite popular and has been around for a LOT longer than American horse racing. It dates back to the 1700s whereas American horse racing, at least in Triple Crown format, didn't exist until the 20th century.

That being said, check out the link above - it reveals a possible explanation why the British winners are increasing in speed while the reverse is true for the American winners. Hint: synthetic surfaces. There is even some discussion about doping in there and how that's handled in each country (it's vastly different).


David vs Goliath in a game of tennis.

Does David stand a chance? Tennis players are getting taller - much taller. How do the shorter players measure up? Click here to find out.


Statistics Views

I've been hired to write some sports/science articles for a magazine based out of England entitled Statistics Views. Look for the first one (about Tennis) in June!



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