Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

Scorecasting The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won In Scorecasting University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports an

  • Title: Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
  • Author: Tobias J. Moskowitz L. Jon Wertheim
  • ISBN: 9780307591807
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost.Drawing from Moskowitz s original research, as well as stuIn Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost.Drawing from Moskowitz s original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at the influence home field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations the unintended consequences of referees tendencies in every sport to swallow the whistle, and .Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high pressure putting situations that you and I areWhy 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 itWhy NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth down situations even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning.In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Finally, a book for those of us who read Moneyball and thought, "but I was told there would be math." This is a comprehensive statistical analysis of the unifying themes in all sports. Want to know why teams have a home field advantage? Just want to see mathematical proof that there is a home field advantage across all sports? Curious about whether or not "defense wins championships"? The answers that you seek are here.More importantly, the fact that the authors look at a number of different spo [...]

    2. This is basically Freakonomics for sports. And I say that as a good thing. A scholarly read that is still fun. The authors are intellectual but can still be regular fans. Not always easy to read as there are lots of statistics and numbers but if you are patient and think your way through they make good arguments for such subjects as Does Defense Really Win Championships? and When Do Refs Choke The Most?Recommended to all casual plus sports fans.

    3. There are two chapters in this book that should be read by anyone hoping to better understand sports outcomes, spanning pages 110-167 and breaking new ground concerning why teams win a higher percentage of home games than road games. The conclusion is this - referee bias from social influence is the leading cause of home field advantage across all team sportsBaseball – Close pitches go the home team’s way more often, and most commonly in high leverage situations. The larger the crowd and the [...]

    4. A sports-loving numbers nerd's dream! Real review to follow, but it would be cruel to deny this recommendation for those who fit the bill!

    5. I love this book in theory, but, much like Freakonomics before it, the reality is disappointing. The pedestrian writing repeats itself innumerable times - to the point where I would almost recommend reading only every other paragraph (and maybe skipping the first and last sentences of those paragraphs). Several of the topics covered will be very familiar to anyone who follows intelligent sports reporting - the hot hand isn't real, calling a timeout to "freeze" your opponent is ineffective, coach [...]

    6. It's Freakonomics applied to sports. Unfortunately, this book doesn't hold attention quite as well as Freakonomics, but if you're a sports fan and a math nerd it's an interesting read. I think the book would have been better as a series of articles. Each chapter seems to stretch out as many pages as it can out of some pretty dull analysis. The book is at its best when it makes it point, provides a little bit of data and moves on. Toward the middle of the book the authors lag on some longer theme [...]

    7. This was a fascinating statistical analysis of several different sports phenomena including home field advantage, hot/cold streaks, and strategies.

    8. Ironically I happened upon this book by chance. I'm glad I did. I think anyone with a love for sports and a basic understanding of statistics will enjoy this book. I was impressed with the authors' abilities to provide great statistical and logical analyses without negating the human element and without taking sports too seriously. It was a fun read and would make a great book club selection.

    9. I’m a sports enthusiast and a researcher interested in organizational behavior and information systems. This book was right up my alley!It would be interesting for you to follow up to the chapter on whistle swallowing since you can now evaluate the accuracy of every single pitch in baseball. That provides a larger data set to particularly look at those calls that are or are not made. It would also be interesting to look at the speed of the pitch in baseball vs. success (of pitchers and hitters [...]

    10. The authors take a "Freakanomics"-style approach to sports "truisms", debunking some myths (don't bother icing the kicker) and breaking others down (the real reasons behind home-field advantage). I don't have a good reason to do so, but I'm going pros and cons for this review.Positives:* Many of the findings were fascinating - the Mitchell Report data, the .299 hitter bit, breaking down the difference in value of blocked shots based on what happens to the ball subsequently, the size of the strik [...]

    11. Questions about sports that always come up: Why is the home team so often successful? Is there no I in team? Why are there more .300 hitters than .299 hitters? Why do golfers suck it up to avoid bogies but play it safe when looking for a birdie? In football, why is it so normal to punt on 4th down, no matter the situation? The4se and other issues are the focus of this quirky--but fun--volume. Sports fans will enjoy this; so, too, will students of the human condition.I don't want to give away too [...]

    12. This is a very interesting book, highlighting some interesting findings I was familiar with--such as that NFL teams "go for it" on fourth down way too infrequently, that there is little evidence for systematically "hot" players, and that draft picks later in the draft are undervalued relative to top picks--but also introduces several interesting new pieces of research.The authors do a lot of work on home-field advantage, finding that players do not actually perform better or worse at home versus [...]

    13. Freakonomics with sports, or as people on Japers' Rink call it "FANCY STATS". Like Freakonomics, Scorecasting likes to turn people's perceptions on their heads, like determining why sports have home field advantage (spoiler alert: it's the refs).The problem with a book like Scorecasting if you're a mathematics or economist or anyone who knows something about statistics is that you want to ask questions of the analysis. Things like sample size, how the authors controlled for various factors, corr [...]

    14. Wonderful book! I thought they made a few errors or were a little too confident in their findings a few times (if you data mine a lot, you're probably going to find coincidences Even if the statistics appear to say each one is signficant They also made some displays of data which were a bit misleading - They said the cub's attendance was less win-sensitive than any other team, and they used a bar graph in which the Yankees (I believe it was the Yankees) had a 0.9 sensitivity and the cubs a 0.6 s [...]

    15. Freakonomics for the sports buff super fast read. Many interesting tidbits here, my favorite the fact teams are better off "going for it" on 4th down versus punting, which is something I’ve always thought. Given this “go for it” attitude is statistically favorable for the average team I have to think it's doubly favorable for the Chargers and their abysmal special teams play. Methinks Norv Turner needs a copy of this book. Also, I liked the numbers and reasons behind “home field advantag [...]

    16. I enjoyed this book, and if you're a sports fan and like numbers you should definitely read it. I especially enjoyed the section on home field advantage, as it's something that I've wondered about for a long time. My only complaint is that the whole "why everything you thought was true is wrong" is way overplayed, in my opinion. Clearly, telling us that things we think are true really are wrong is a good way to catch attention and sell books. I just think it was a bit overbearing in this book. T [...]

    17. There is nothing truly new or breakthrough in this book, but it is another solid entry in the sportsonomics category. While the conclusions mostly summarize previous studies, it's hard not to stand on some shoulders in this genre. Anyone who has read Wages of Wins or follows Beyond the Box Score, Fangraphs or Adanced NFL Stats will be familar with most of the concepts and possibly read some of these topics previously. Still, I'd rather someone read this and at least start to look at things diffe [...]

    18. Less Moneyball than a sports-centric Freakonomics. I enjoyed the majority of the topics the authors delve into. I especially liked the review of home field advantage across sports. The research didn't seem as "cherry-picked" as some other recent books I've read - there are many explanations of how they are measuring or evaluating. I didn't appreciate a few chapters where they listed lots of statistics and numbers. On paper you can skip tables, but when they are read on the audiobook version, you [...]

    19. Denne uka har jeg lest Scorecasting, hvor Sports Illustrateds tennisskribent Jon Wertheim er en av forfatterne. Den kan sammenlignes med og Freakonomics (som jeg ikke har lest), ved at den prøver sportsklisjeer mot tørre fakta. Defence wins championships, som Michael Jordan pleide å si? Lønner det seg å ta en time-out for å sette motstanderen ut av spill?Boka handler for mye om typiske amerikanske idretter til at jeg klarte å henge helt med. Baseball og amerikansk fotball har jeg ikke noe [...]

    20. This book is a combination of Freakonomics (not that I’ve actually read it…) and Moneyball (but not just for baseball). I’ve read a few books like this but this was the most entertaining – the writing style is light and breezy but the analyses seem fairly well done. Some of my favorite chapters:– Football teams should really really go for it more on fourth down than they do. One estimate showed that, in ~1000 fourth-down situations where they should have gone for it, they punted it awa [...]

    21. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, Freakonomics but for sports. Maybe sometimes at fault for cunningly using data, Moskowitz and Wetheim made strong arguments about so many intriguing topics. They determine the underlying reason for home-court advantage. They analyze the NFL draft, explaining how blatantly one-sided draft trades keep occurring. They mention a high school football team that never settles for a field goal or a punt, going for it on fourth down every time - even deep in their own terri [...]

    22. I like that this was written by two guys who played baseball at camp together as kids, and figured out the best place to hide their weakest player (spoiler -- it's catcher, not right-field).Interesting to read that the St Louis Cardinals are among the teams whose attendence is most tied to record, whereas the Cubs (this was written well before they won the series in 2016) attendence fluxuates only according to beer prices. The home-field advantage stuff was the most enjoyable part of the book. T [...]

    23. This is a really interesting and unconventional book. I'm a big sports fan, so it was great to get insight into the truisms and cliches of sports and see the concepts underpinning phenomena such as home-field advantage and competiveness. The book did get too focused on baseball as a primary example, but the authors did a good job at not getting too technical. Overall, this book gave me a lot to think about, and it definitely does a great job challenging the conventions of sports.

    24. You'll like this if you like sports and want to challenge conventional wisdom. The authors look for the data to prove or disprove different theories such as the "hot hand", the "home field advantage" "icing the kicker" and more. The examples cover all the major sports, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB as well as soccer and college sports. Fun, quick read where each chapter is a separate, stand alone issue or myth that they tackle.

    25. A fun look into sports "facts", traditions, and superstitions. I enjoyed the unique economic (incentives based) perspective applied to sports. An entertaining read which provides enough analytics to satisfy the statistics nerd in me, balanced with an enjoyable narrative.

    26. Write a review of Scorecasting? That’s easy, phrase it as a Q and A and it becomes a very small book. Obviously this also omits the arguments for the results given, really omitting the reason to read the book, but this also gives a nice digest and a portal to further review. It also proceeds in the subject-order the book itself imposes.These questions and answers are for the most part the substance of a chapter-section condensed to a few lines. Such a summary is entirely inadequate, yes, but a [...]

    27. Somewhat disappointingWhile the use of data to challenge conventional wisdom and sports myth is a worthwhile premise, the execution here is flawed. It is only occasionally entertaining and mildly interesting.

    28. Interesting and enjoyable, but felt pretty high-level. Good for the casual reader, but doesn't feel rigorous.

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