Longtime readers of this site know my love-hate relationship with football fans who reach for "innovated statistics" when arguing a point about something that happened on the football field. More often than not, this exchange will manifest itself with a devotee of the (admittaedly fantastic) site Football Outsiders.
I won't rehash my inherent mistrust of those that instantly reach for numbers when talking football (You can get my thoughts here if you'd like to get up to speed) But earlier this week I had the misfortune of getting caught up in a spirited argument about the Packers offense and I found myself thinking about this moment from Ghostbusters. It perfectly captures the frustration of talking football with people who insist on seeing every argument through the prism of DVOA or DYAR:
Now, lets be clear. "Innovative statistics" have their place and can be an invaluable tool, when used correctly. But they are not the be-all-and-end-all of football analysis. And I don't think Aaron Schatz and company think that they are - but boy, some of their readers sure do...
- Like Like
- 0 points