So there's this new book coming out on January 25 that looks like it will be a fun read -- Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won. Explored in the book, according to the promo materials, are topics such as
Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I are
Why professional teams routinely overvalue draft picks
The myth of momentum or the "hot hand" in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to it
Why NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations--even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning.
Interesting in and of itself, right? You can read an excerpt here and read a discussion of home-court advantage here. But while reading an advance review I found the best part:
Some quick examples from chapters I enjoyed: . . .
Why Tim Duncan's 149 blocked shots are more valuable than Dwight Howard's 232 (Answer: Duncan tends to block the ball to his teammates, Howard tends toward the spectacular swat that goes into the 4th row...then back to the other team.)
I hope Timmy sees that and that it makes him smile.
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