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Scientific Football 2008 Paperback – August 11, 2008

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K.C. Joyner writes a weekly column for ESPN.com's NFL Insider section and pens multiple columns per year for ESPN The Magazine. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Slate.com and Playboy. His Scientific Football books have been touted by numerous NFL experts ranging from Dr. Z to Steve Sabol.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: KC's Football Services Inc (August 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976976056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976976059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,430,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Willis on August 31, 2008
This book has a lot of useful advanced data for the 2007 NFL passing game. The author categorizes sacks by type (Coverage, Unblocked, 1-on-1, etc), passing efficiency by pass length, etc, etc. A mountain of useful data for anyone who wants to get into the nuts and bolts of NFL passing.

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".
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KC Joyner has developed one of the true systems for grading players and winning at Fantasy Football. I have not finished below second in any league where I use KC's system. The info is presented in an easy to read, easy to understand format. His "system" is based on watching hundreds of hours of game fllm. If you are serious about fantasy football, you need this book. Once you understand the content, you'll never look at any wide receiver the same, again. A must read.
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I bet football.

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.

:-\
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