Smart Links 3/8/2010

Is home court advantage really about the ball? This article is about basketball, but I think it is an underrated element in football games, though many times the team on offense gets to use their own ball.

2. Brian Burke is not impressed by Bill Polian.

3. What components of a QB’s passer rating are most important for winning? Interceptions play an interesting role here, with there being evidence of it being possible to throw too many interceptions (obviously) and too few (by being too passive, and thus costing your team expected points and the game).

4. Bill Connelly on recruiting success breeding recruiting success.

5. The trouble with web traffic numbers. Also see the print WSJ, Slate, and Yahoo.

6.  What are NFL teams worth?

7.  Dynamic ticket pricing and sabermetrician salaries.

8. Should the Senate abolish the filibuster? Key quote: “There is no pressure in the Senate itself to abolish the filibuster. The reason is that it benefits all Senators, not just those who expect to be in a minority, because it arms every Senator to demand concessions in exchange for voting for cloture.”

9. Five tips for writing non-fiction. I tend to agree with — and simultaneously to be bad at — generally all of these.

10. Georgia’s new DC talks defense. (H/t Blutarsky.)

  • Tyler

    “with there being evidence of it being possible to throw too many interceptions (obviously) and too few (by being too passive, and thus costing your team expected points and the game).”

    It’s important to draw a distinction between the cause and the symptom. Throwing interceptions is always a bad thing, but the symptom of too few can be indicative of other things besides a positive.

  • you might find this list of ten tips from thirty writers that appeared in The Guardian of interest as well.

  • Tyler

    kleph, I believe I read that list a little while ago- was it a piece on fiction writing?

  • Tyler

    Whoops, I did not even see that he linked it. Disregard that last post.

  • sorry about that.

  • Mr.Murder

    “That sucks. But thank God for the Coase Theorem, which says that when someone gets a seat for $50, but doesn’t want to see the game that badly, he’ll sell the ticket to you for something closer to $1000. But why should anyone complain about paying a higher price to the Cubs, instead of to the scalper? What good does the middleman do? And, at least if the Cubs are the ones make more money off the $1,000 ticket sales, they have an incentive to build a better team in the future.”

    Cubs and thousand dollar tickets. Talk about a market bubble ready to burst….