PFF = Revenge Of The Nerds?

Geek Squad - Replace

One of the biggest scams in Sports today is analytics, not that there is no place for it but some have gone overboard with it.

Analytics is the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. It also entails applying data patterns towards effective decision making. In other words, analytics can be understood as the connection between data and effective decision making within an organization. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statisticscomputer programming and operations research to quantify performance.

Sports analytics are a collection of relevant, historical, statistics that when properly applied can provide a competitive advantage to a team or individual. … On-field analytics deals with improving the on-field performance of teams and players. It digs deep into aspects such as game tactics and player fitness.

There are websites that take numbers and analyze those numbers and give out reports on their outcome. Pro Football Focus (PFF ) is one popular site that thrives on numbers and spit them out on anything football. They even charge for their Premium Content $9.99 a month or $39.99 a year and you can overdose on their numbers!

The problem is numbers don’t always tell the complete story and like I said they have their place buy should be only one of many factors to consider when making decisions. For the life of me I see no reason why anybody would even consider paying for their content because when it comes to football you can get all the data that matters on the Official Web Sites but some folks want to show they know more than us common folk and so they pay for these services to the delight of the NERDS who are running these sites.

The big issue is these NERDS running the sits go beyond numbers and want you to think that somehow that makes them experts so they give their analysis on just about everything. I have read some of their articles and the first thing I ask after reading their spew is who is this person giving his opinion? Is he some professional scout? Most of the time it appears they are no more that some member of the Geek Squad who want to project themselves as some expert and they are often using their numbers to find fault with some of the players or teams in the decisions they make.

What qualifies them to make any assessment on anything? What laptop do they use to get their data? I am sure they are making good money off of many of these writers (professional and novice) who quote their analytical reports despite the fact that those numbers can be presented in any bias way they deem.

Listen, I take my website serious I do not skew numbers to make some point and if I need to look for data the site has all I need for free.

I will give those guys credit because they have (like many other sites) convinced people to pay for information that you can find for free somewhere on the internet, much like the Nations News Papers who want you to pay for reading their articles on line where that information should be for free they need to find some other way to fund their organizations. I just not buying it! Hopefully neither are the Dolphins!



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