on July 16, 2008
Football Outsiders/Pro Football Prospectus is the best thing going as far as public football analysis.
This edition needed a more thorough editing job. It abounds with typos, transposed numbers and missing negative signs.
Additionally, the authors make a fair ammount of errors. Correlation and causation are confused, conclusions are drawn from questionable sample sizes, context and interrelatedness of statistics aren't considered strongly enough. In the text-heavy portions, it seems that the FO team tries to "force" analysis and discussion instead of approaching their subject with the detachment of scientists.
That said, at times the analysis is superlative and there is great data in here from the charting of NFL games from the last few seasons.
on January 19, 2009
This was the second of a two part order for my brothers birthday. He spent the day going through the prospectus, challenging the guide's projections, and often commenting "HAH! I knew that!" Even those projections that he disagreed with, he enjoyed the challenge of the season's end results. Thank-you for the immediate delivery and better-than-expected results.
on October 28, 2008
This is the third year in a row I have bought the Football Prospectus book, and still delivers. This is a must for any fan, and gives so much in depth information. I have watched and played football all my life, and this book still gives insight to many different things.
Not only for regular fans, this is also great for people who play fantasy football, and gamble on football as well.
I highly recommend this, and any future versions that the Football Outsiders guys put out.
on August 1, 2008
This is the second straight year I've purchased Pro Football Prospectus, and it does not disappoint. There's the usual in-depth analysis of each team as well as a fantasy breakdown of just about every player you can reasonably expect to get playing time. The various essays that look further into certain players, teams, and trends are superb as well. This year, Football Outsiders added a "year in quotes" feature that had me laughing out loud.
on September 2, 2008
Not quite as staggeringly awesome as the baseball version of the Prospectus, but a great, great reference for the upcoming NFL season. It is interesting to see that there are metrics that can be applied to football just like the ones used in baseball, and the Football Outsiders do it better than anyone. If you're looking for predictions on the whole season, your team, or just some prep for your fantasy league, this book is for you.