One of the high points for me as a SABR Analytics Correspondent this year was attending the conference with my friend, Max Melamed. He’s the person I went to my first baseball game with (Yankees Old Timers Day 2009), and he founded the Sabermetrics Club at our school. It’s the first-ever high school SABR Club, and last season we worked together on the Sabermetrics Fantasy League. Here is our recap of the Analytics Conference.
The 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket was unveiled on Sunday night. So you're probably furiously filling it out, hoping you're picking the best favorites and selecting the right Cinderellas. (What's that? You don't have a bracket yet? Well, don't waste another minute — download one now!)
If you're looking for a method to March Madness, we have some strategies for becoming an ace bracketologist. Apply them at your own risk.
Before we get to some of our more, um, interesting methods for making picks, let's take a look at some cold, hard numbers. Each team in the four regions is seeded from 1 to 16. That's a good guide for telling which team is better. But that doesn't mean you should assume that a higher-seeded squad is going to win. Consider these facts about how certain seeds have performed.
Before we get to the second day of the SABR Analytics Conference, there was a cool panel to end day one. It focused on analytics in the broadcaster’s booth. One interesting point that was emphasized was that broadcasters actually don't try to discuss sabermetrics during broadcasts. Why? Because the stats are complex and they might confuse the viewer. After the panel, I caught up with the moderator, Joe Block, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, to find out more:
Many NBA teams have talented players, but talent alone doesn’t win championships. It takes a unique combination of elements to lead to victory. You can see this in action with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are having their best start ever thanks to the killer combination of amazing talent and incredible chemistry.
There is no denying the Warriors have many talented players. The Warriors have an amazing backcourt aka splash brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They both went to the All Star Game and Curry got the most All Star votes of any NBA player. The Warriors also have a really deep bench and a host of veterans and younger players who can contribute. Different players shine on different nights. You never know who the breakout star of the game will be, and that keeps things exciting. The Warriors love to see their teammates succeed. In fact, everyone went crazy when Klay Thompson broke a longstanding record by scoring 37 points in a single quarter. Their coach, Steve Kerr, is a former player and is helping improve the team by teaching everyone what he learned as a player.
Last week, Miami Heat forward James Ennis was named Blast Motion’s first basketball ambassador. Blast Motion is a company that produces “wearable motion capture technologies” — which means sensors to help track your skills in different sports. The Blast Basketball clips on your waistband and the sensor records jump height, acceleration, rotation, and hang time.
That makes Ennis the perfect spokesman for the product. The Heat chose him in the second round 2013 NBA Draft, and the following season he played for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. Down under, Ennis helped the Wildcats win the Australian Basketball League championship and finished third in MVP voting. He returned to the States this season, and he has had a big impact on the Heat. Ennis returned to the States after the season, joined the Heat for the 2014 NBA Summer League, and finally signed with the club last July. Since joining the Heat.
SI Kids caught up with Ennis talk about the Blast Motion technology, how he uses it, and what his first season with the Heat has been like.
The 2015 SABR Analytics Conference started off with a bang. If you have kept track of baseball this winter, one question you have probably heard asked many times is: Will Philadelphia Phillies ace pitcher Cole Hamels get traded? SABR President Vince Gennaro decided to take this question a step further by posing it at this years' Diamond Dollar$ Case Competition.
Undergraduate and graduate teams from colleges such as NYU, Tufts University, Pepperdine University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, and Arizona State University were among 21 groups that competed in this year's competition. They were asked to come up with two ideal trade scenarios involving Hamels. The deals chosen had to benefit both teams.
We hear way too many stories about kids being bullied. So it’s nice to see a story where young people — and in this case athletes — stand up to it.
Earlier this week, TMJ4 in Wisconsin reported that during a middle school basketball game in Kenosha, Lincoln Middle School cheerleader Desiree Andrews (who has Down Syndrome) was being bullied from the stands. What the bullies didn’t know, though, was that she had backup.