Posts tagged sports

GIF: All 16 saves by Tim Howard in Team USA’s World Cup game against Belgium (via @SBnation)

Visualizing Belgium’s whopping 39 shots against Team USA in their World Cup game yesterday

Visualizing Belgium’s whopping 39 shots against Team USA in their World Cup game yesterday

Was 50 Cent’s opening pitch the worst of all time?

By now you’ve seen countless replays of 50 Cent’s blooper on the web… 

But a quick google search shows he’s not alone in being a bit off in his aim for home plate.  In fact, a more scientific approach was taken to visualize the ceremonial pitches by celebrities and public figures:

So maybe 50 Cent’s pitch isn’t the worst, but just another outlier as part of a wider set of data.

The story of New York Rangers star Dominic Moore, and the time he took off of playing hockey

Comparing athletes by height and wight across different sports

Comparing athletes by height and wight across different sports

Recently I started noticing that I’ve grown a little older than many of the athletes I cheer on.  And according to this tool by Deadspin, I am older than most professional athletes/
Feel old for yourself using the “How many athletes are older than you?" tool…

Recently I started noticing that I’ve grown a little older than many of the athletes I cheer on.  And according to this tool by Deadspin, I am older than most professional athletes/

Feel old for yourself using the “How many athletes are older than you?" tool…

Whoever created this “Smartest Spenders in Sports”infographic, charting the teams with the most playoffs/championship wins for their budgets across multiple sports, must have been a big Chicago Blackhawks fan. Because if you change the weighting even a single percentage point from the default values in this interactive graphic, the St. Louis Cardinals are the top team in terms of their salary cap vs wins (aka “The Cardinal Way”).
Of course as a Cardinals fan I may be a bit biased, so feel free to create your own rankings here.

Whoever created this “Smartest Spenders in Sports”infographic, charting the teams with the most playoffs/championship wins for their budgets across multiple sports, must have been a big Chicago Blackhawks fan. Because if you change the weighting even a single percentage point from the default values in this interactive graphic, the St. Louis Cardinals are the top team in terms of their salary cap vs wins (aka “The Cardinal Way”).

Of course as a Cardinals fan I may be a bit biased, so feel free to create your own rankings here.

The best tradition in sports: the Hockey Handshake

Only during the Stanley Cup playoffs can a hit like this: image

be resolved at the end of the series with a handshake between David Backes and Brent Seabrook. image

Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks on a hard-fought win over my hometown St. Louis Blues.

The Best (and Worst) NBA Teams on Facebook according to social media
via theatlantic:

The NBA playoffs have begun. The emotions of millions are at stake every night.
But NBA franchises are also businesses, and those businesses depend on fans buying into the team, both literally and figuratively. And now, Facebook is the dominant place where those fans perform their identities online. The franchise Facebook page has become a key indicator of business health. 
So, Spanish researchers at the University of Extremadura decided to create a tool that would let them at least quasi-objectively rank teams’ Facebook presences. 
"Social media provide a unique and strategic means for sport teams to enhance brand management, encourage social interactions among fans, promote ticket sales, and cultivate a more favorable online experience," writes the research team, led by Francisco Javier Miranda in the International Journal of Sports Communication.
The list Miranda’s team compiled is interesting, too, because of how it intersects with the performance of the teams on the court.

Read more.[Image: Alexis Madrigal, data from Miranda et al]

The Best (and Worst) NBA Teams on Facebook according to social media

via theatlantic:

The NBA playoffs have begun. The emotions of millions are at stake every night.

But NBA franchises are also businesses, and those businesses depend on fans buying into the team, both literally and figuratively. And now, Facebook is the dominant place where those fans perform their identities online. The franchise Facebook page has become a key indicator of business health. 

So, Spanish researchers at the University of Extremadura decided to create a tool that would let them at least quasi-objectively rank teams’ Facebook presences. 

"Social media provide a unique and strategic means for sport teams to enhance brand management, encourage social interactions among fans, promote ticket sales, and cultivate a more favorable online experience," writes the research team, led by Francisco Javier Miranda in the International Journal of Sports Communication.

The list Miranda’s team compiled is interesting, too, because of how it intersects with the performance of the teams on the court.

Read more.[Image: Alexis Madrigal, data from Miranda et al]

Kevin Smith talks about selling the game of hockey, and why he thinks it’s the greatest sport.