Friday, March 2, 2012

The 2012 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Hello, Sloan Sports Analytics attendees!

This is the second year I'll be attending Sloan, and the first year my co-author will be there. We're looking forward to the talks, the hallway chatter, and watching Mark Cuban debate how much he wants to say versus how much he doesn't want to make yet another donation to David Stern.

For those of you who have never visited the blog before: welcome. We're a pair of Silicon Valley software engineers who moonlight as college football stats analysts, and occasionally we're not completely wrong. I'm Justin, the founder of the blog and curator of the Tempo-Free Gridiron (TFG) ranking and prediction system. A year into the blog, I managed to rope Eddie, a co-worker and Arkansas Razorback fanatic, into creating his own competing system; the result was the Regression-Based Analysis (RBA) algorithm.

To get a feel for what we do here, we invite you to take a look at some of the posts describing tempo-free statistics in general (courtesy of Ken Pomeroy), the motivation behind this particular blog, and a peek under the hood of the TFG system (and a recent update). We also have info about the RBA model (along with an update and yet another update).

We'd particularly like to direct your attention to our most recent post, Deep Thoughts for Dorks, an examination of how the stats community as a whole approaches team evaluation and rankings in college football. It was inspired in part by "Sports for Dorks", a collection of essays and research compiled by Mike Leach, current Washington State head coach, former Texas Tech head coach, and former TFG "Ask an Expert" expert.

Given that it's the college football offseason, there's not too much happening on an ongoing basis right now, and it'll be kind of quiet until August. However we invite you to look at some of the "best of" we've produced, as other posts of interest, including

During the regular season you can expect to find weekly posts showcasing

This is all on top of predictions for each and every game between two FBS teams.

If you have any questions or feedback for us, don't hesitate to email us at our addresses (justin@ or eddie@), leave a comment here, or hit us up on Twitter.

Enjoy the conference, and we hope to see you there.