My Lions’ XV for the First Test in New Zealand

by Owen Tedford

 

With the announcement of the British and Irish Lions’ touring squad on Wednesday, the speculation over who will be on the plane can end. Now it’s time to turn our attention to who will start the first test match against New Zealand on June 24th. Obviously, there is still a lot of rugby to be played before then, but barring any major surprises or injuries, I believe the following set of players should be the starters for the first test match. Continue reading “My Lions’ XV for the First Test in New Zealand”

To Defer or Not to Defer?

by Owen Tedford

 

In 2008, the NFL added a rule that allowed teams that won the coin toss to defer their choice of receiving or kicking to the second half. When this rule was first introduced, it was used only 7.8% of the time. But, it has become an increasingly used option in today’s NFL with the toss getting deferred over 78% of the time now. Why are teams doing this? Well, coaches, like Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, claim that by deferring you have the chance to get an extra possession. Now, if true, this would provide teams a clear advantage by giving them an extra chance to score. Continue reading “To Defer or Not to Defer?”

NFL Playoff Picture and Predictions

by Owen Tedford

 

We’ve reached the end of another NFL season and that means that it’s time for the playoffs. The 12 teams have been decided with the Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers, Texans, Raiders, and Dolphins representing the AFC and the Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Packers, Giants, and Lions representing the NFC. Every team has had their share of ups and downs but they’ve all made it to the final stage where records mean nothing and all that matters is what they do going forward, as this is what will make them remembered. Continue reading “NFL Playoff Picture and Predictions”

Theory of the Big 3: Predicting NBA Team Win % from Individual Performance (Full Paper)

by Gene Li Nowhere is the concept of the “Big 3” more relevant than basketball. As a relatively star-dominated game compared to football, soccer, etc., NBA games are determined by the performance of a few players who can deliver offensive firepower. NBA fans often view their team’s success as driven by the top three players on each team. Just last season, we saw the trio … Continue reading Theory of the Big 3: Predicting NBA Team Win % from Individual Performance (Full Paper)

A New Metric to Analyze Viewer Experience in Pro Tennis (Full Paper)

by Rohan Rao   Recently, organizations such as the NCAA have been attempting to increase viewership of tennis by implementing rule changes to reduce the length of the individual matches. The logic behind these changes is to increase the relative importance of each point making the overall experience more exciting. I think this is a particularly interesting problem for the sport of tennis, which is currently … Continue reading A New Metric to Analyze Viewer Experience in Pro Tennis (Full Paper)

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Why 3 Big Ten Teams Should Be in the Playoff

by Chris Murphy

 

With the season coming down its final weeks, it is crunch time for any and all College Football Playoff hopefuls. It is also crunch time for College Football Playoff predictions. Perhaps the question you will hear most over the next two weeks is “who’s in?”, and everyone has an answer along with an explanation.

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Great Expectations: the Roberto Aguayo story

by Jack Graham

 

Among other things, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been plagued by the kicking struggles of rookie Roberto Aguayo throughout the 2016 season. Through 9 games, Aguayo has made only 9 of 14 Field Goals, a rate of 64% that qualifies him as the least accurate kicker in the league. Of course, these lackluster numbers would not typically be grounds for an interesting story, except for the fact that Aguayo also happened to be the Buccaneers second round draft pick. Continue reading “Great Expectations: the Roberto Aguayo story”