Thursday, August 31, 2006

They Use Advanced Metrics in the NFL

Late last night, I was routinely browsing one of my favorite sites, Fire Joe Morgan. After reading the hilarious dissection of the latest JoeChat, I found an absolutely brilliant blurb.

Look at the formula for QB Rating. It's a fucking nightmare. Yet NFL fans -- NFL fans! -- are smart enough to realize that regardless of how hard it is to compute, it gives us a basic overall understanding of how good a quarterback is. It may not be perfect, but it's better than just looking at a QB's, say, completion percentage.

Why is this the first time I'm reading about this association? Advanced baseball statistics are thrown out the window because of they are difficult to compute (though, contrary to mainstream perception, they are not at all difficult to understand). How is EqA any different than QB rating?

Just listen to dak, people:

Say it with me: "Oh, okay. It's a weird equation, but at least now I have a pretty good sense of how good this particular position player is at hitting. .260 is average, .300 is really good, and .350 is like top of the league shit. This is like QB rating only better because it's about baseball and baseball is better because it's untimed and beautiful and doesn't feature guys hitting each other super hard and people like John Updike write about it more and stuff!"

And, for the record, I agree with his statements in the final sentence. Nothing against football, but baseball remains the greatest game ever invented.