Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Quant Fact Predictions now 35-20 (63.6%)

With our predictions for both the Stanley Cup Finals and NBA Finals correct, our quant fact predictions improve to 35-20, or 63.6%.  Our work shows the power of quantifying concepts related to sports psychology.  Sometimes our championship factors agree with the general consensus, but sometimes we pick against generally-accepted favorites.  As one of our readers said, "I'll take 65% all day long!"

The factors we focus on are more easily coached -- and can help improve results.  These include a focus on the fundamentals, minimizing errors, and methods to improve confidence.  


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and how pitchers can improve their results.  

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Who Will Win author quoted in NY Observer

The New York Observer had a fun article on home run trots, tracked by Tater Trot Tracker.  If you're interested in how long it takes for your favorite batters to round the bases on a home run, check it out.

Some tidbits:

  • David Ortiz & Todd Helton are slow on their home run trots (around 30 seconds).
  • Adam Rosales, Carlos Gomez, Yasiel Puiz and Angel Pagan are fast (around 17-19 seconds).
Granat was quoted in the article, saying that personality traits and how athletes play the game can be mirrored in their home run trots.  


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Andy Murray takes Wimbledon!

Less than a year ago, we had a popular post on our blog about Andy Murray's win at the U.S. Open -- and his relationship with new coach, Ivan Lendl.  The blog post talks about their relationship, Lendl's history -- and tennis tactics.

At the time, it appeared that Andy Murray had "gotten over the hump" -- and that perhaps the added confidence could take him to other Grand Slam titles.  Fast forward nine months -- and that is, indeed, the case.  This past week, Murray continued the stretch of confidence that has now brought him the Wimbledon crown -- and perhaps will challenge for the #1 spot in the tennis world.

Andy Murray's story is great for sports psychology and persistence -- and in particular, the power of:

  • Confidence,
  • Mental toughness, and
  • Coaching.

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