"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
For a number of years now, it has been a popular position that the time off between the end of the regular season and the beginning of bowl season is excessively long, and leads to poor play early in games. Certainly I have found this to be an attractive explaination for the prodigous quantities of DERP we saw this bowl season.
But DERP is subjective, and the plural of anecdote is not data. Is there any substantial quantitative support to the notion that bowl games start off unusually sloppy? There are a great many factors at play; I chose to look at relevant statistics on a quarter-by-quarter basis. I don't have the massive database that seems popular around these here parts, and the typical box score doesn't give a per-quarter breakdown of anything but score. Bummer. Well, maybe if we go ahead and look anyway at a
chart of percent of total points scored per quarter, we can find something elucidating. All bowl games are included. Each team's per-quarter scoring is normalized by their total score in the game. Averages and standard deviations are then computed, based on the entire bowl team population. It seems plausible that excessive pre-bowl layoff will result in a substantially higher standard deviation in the early part of the game, when either offense or defense might be DERPerrific.
|U of A||70.00||0.00||30.00||0.00||10|
Well, hmm. We could weight the per-quarter score fractions by the total number of points scored per team (0-3-3-3 is less telling than 0-21-21-21), but we find that this makes little difference. In the unweighted case, we find that the first half standard deviation is 29% higher than the second half standard deviation. The first quarter standard deviation is about 16% higher than the average quarter.
This seems to lend mild support to the idea that bowl games start off unusually sloppy. How does this compare to regular-season results? I compared to games from weeks 12-15, but only if the game involved two teams that ended up bowl-eligible (I counted Arizona State, because I graduated from there and it was Wisconsin's/SJSU's fault anyway and if you don't like it then tough). I toyed with the idea of removing rivalry games, because rivalry games are weird, but I did not.
|U of A||48.28||17.24||10.34||24.14||29|
|Fresno||thanks for breaking the chart Fresno||0|
|U of A||0.00||0.00||70.00||30.00||20|
Stupid Fresno. Anyway, we continue to see elevated stdev for the first quarter of regular season games between bowl eligible teams, but by a lesser degree. For these regular season games, the first half standard deviation is 10.8% higher than that for the second half. The first quarter standard deviation is about 11% higher than the average quarter.
There are certainly some serious issues with this methodology. Does a sloppy defense give up more scores to a sloppy offense than when both are playing carefully? I don't know the best answer, but I'm sure it varies on a case-by-case basis. There are also many late-game effects for which I have not accounted - a prevent version of a dominant defense might give up the only score of the game in the 4th quarter when the game is out of reach (hi there Sparty!). This would give a large standard deviation value to the 4th quarter, erroneously implying sloppiness. I do not know how to account for these sorts of errors with the data set I have available. Further, I do not suggest that this is an all-inclusive list of methodological problems.
Still, 29% vs 10.8% seems vaguely compelling, give 70 bowl and 98 regular season scores. My statistical background has faded badly since undergrad, so I'm going to refrain from a hilariously misguided attempt at error bars. The sample size is large, but boy those data are noisy. Any time my standard deviation is as big as the average, I start to feel a little woozy...
This was requested somewhere on the board, so here ya go. My photoshop skills aren't great, but let's see what ya got! The Lloyd Brady thread was epic, I'm sure we can do some great things here...
Your "blank canvases"
Show me what ya got MGoBloggers
GMATClub.com is reporting San Diego resident Zone Left received his official offer to the Michigan Ross School of Business about an hour ago and that he committed on the spot. Left has a solid list of offers for a universal high-level three star, with Notre Dame, Texas, and now Michigan as his main suitors. Rumors of a Harvard offer turned out to be erroneous.
Businessweek: 3 Star
US News and World Report: 5.7 (#43 military)
GMAT Club: 3 Star (#31 military)
US News has the most extensive write up, saying:
“Zone has a solid skill set to compete at the next level. That, his solid work ethic, and GMAT score should serve him well at the next level and beyond. We’re concerned about his somewhat subpar GPA, but that negative is years old and we think he’s overcome it through his solid work experience, essays, and interview. His age (30) raised flags as well, but he’s allayed that concern as well. However, both his GPA and age do prevent us from awarding him that coveted fourth star. We project him as a solid MBA candidate who will contribute right away at any program in the country. He has a solid pad level.
Immediately after taking the GMAT, Left received interest from just about every second tier school in the country, but he had to work to make the big boys notice him through informal visits, networking with students, and solid applications. In the end, Notre Dame, Texas, and Michigan made his top 3. He had been waiting on a committable offer from Michigan since applying in October, and once he got it he jumped.
US Military pilot with 8 years of experience and good interpersonal communication skills. MBA candidates typically don’t have many stats beyond the:
FAKE GMAT Score
All three services are reporting a 700 through standard testing procedures. Since military folk are pretty honest and the scores are tabulated electronically, we’ll give it one FAKE out of five.
Predication Based on Flimsy Evidence
His “contribution” to MGoBlog will decrease somewhat because he’ll have a job he actually wants to do, decreasing the need for extensive procrastination. Additionally, I’d guess he’ll teach a class on Michigan sports to incoming foreign students and will be very happy, but frustrated sitting in the MBA section of the stadium listening to his ignorant classmates trying to sing along to Varsity.
This is a fantastic moment for me. I’ve spent a huge portion of my life the past two years working towards today. I didn’t get my undergraduate degree from Michigan, but always wanted to attend and was jealous of my brother for spending four years in Ann Arbor. It’s great to be a Wolverine…finally.
Having listened to the press conference, and having looked up and read info on Al Borges, I have to say that I am REALLY scared about our offense next year. Overlooking the elephant in the room question about whether Denard will be here or not - how do we know that he will be used properly if he does stay? I really wish we had gotten a new offensive coordinator, or at least some reassurance from Brady Hoke about his ability to change his offensive schemes to fit the personnel he has. All he said was that he likes to change the players to fit the system which is the opposite of what I was hoping to hear. My gut feeling is that Denard is going to stay, but will he be used properly?... Dear God I hope so.
Well this was meant to be posted a little sooner but with all tha chaos erupting on the internets lately, it hasn't. Here are the top ten for the 2010-2011 MGoBlog ESPN college football bowl pool:
#1. A German Pope- 463 pts.
#2. umhero 1- 450pts.
#3. DPGoBlue- 437pts.
#4. bouje 1- 429pts.
#5. MMarchingband243 2- 424pts.
#6. RICH ROD FTW- 422pts.
#6. shortstuff7612 1- 422pts.
#8. BLUEOkie- 419pts.
#9. JD_UofM_90 1- 417pts.
#10. keesdm01 1- 416pts.
Congrats to A German Pope for winning all the marbles. You get a free HOKEMANIAC T-shirt and a virtual high five. Also thank you to all who played. We had 213 entries and hope to have a bigger one next year.
I came in 122nd place. Bummer.
If you feel sympathy, visit my latest diary and uplift my spirits...
SDSU at the Big House on Sept 24th. Is this game easier for us now because we have their former coach who knows their schemes on our sidelines? Or harder for us now because their new coach & players will be motivated to beat their former coach who left them?