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Scientific Football 2008 Paperback – August 11, 2008
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Unfortunately, this book appears to be almost unedited. There are typos on every page, many of them are very confusing. Also, the term "#DIV/0!" appears over a hundred times in the many tables in this book. Most people reading this book will probably realize what this means (Divide 0 error in the spreadsheet program), but it's ugly and distracting nonetheless.
I found the author's analysis unsatisfying. While he notes the limitations of the sample sizes he's dealing with at times, he too often makes definitive statements that the data doesn't support--often in regards to WRs/CBs that were unsuccessful against top competition.
The greater limitation of his analysis is that he doesn't reference past years of data and perform studies to confirm his arguments. For example, he repeatedly says that players who got several garbage/coverage/etc sacks(like Osi Umenyiora) are overrated, but then he doesn't back this up with data. His argument is reasonable, but he needs to demonstrate this by showing that these types of players tend to suffer performance declines in future years if he wants to claim the title "Football Scientist".
Betting influenced by these "statistics" would be dangerous. For instance, Patton Manning is rated, as I recall, a mid-pack QB. So, who would YOU rather have orchestrating a finishing drive, Mr. Lackluster Mid-pack, or Kerry Collins? I am always bemused how authors like this obtain the credence and influence they enjoy. On the other hand, as a bettor, I'm very glad they do.
Buy this book, believe it, bet on your conclusions. Please. Remember, it's very scientific.
In fact, there's an extra copy out there, since I sent my back. Quick as you can, get it, and start betting, hopefully today.