So I can't read the charts (perhaps part of a bigger problem - I can't read. But I digress). Too many numbers, too many rows and columns, and really thus hard to see the trends or the overall impression. Thus, a thought: why not make a visualization of some of the beautiful numbers Brian puts together on this site. And thus: the Visual Hennechart was born.
To begin the process, I decided to look up Hennechart on google. Oddly enough (and perhaps Brian is now aware of this), the name "Hennechart" is an actual surname. Look it up, and you will find a bunch of french dudes named "Maxime" and "Dominique". And yes, I said they were dudes. Apparently, the male line runs strong in the Hennechart family. Dominique Hennechart: Friend him on facebook, I dare you
But I digress again. The point of this exercise is to show a visualization of the Hennechart, which I now give you in its fully glory:Tate's Hennechart (So Far): Pretty snazzy?
So here is the idea: I want to be able to look at the Hennechart and instantly see how well a dude is doing. Here, blue things (dead-on and catchable passes) mean "good"; red things (inaccurate or bad reads) are "bad"; the other things are more in-between: yellow or orange-ish for throw aways, batted balls, and pressures. For each game, I scale the bar to 100% (to make the cross-game comparisons easier), but include the number of "attempts" (the sum of all events) available on the right side. One last thing: Brian has been breaking down the numbers with normal vs. screen passes; here we show screen numbers as diagonally-slashed lines of the same color (e.g., in all games except western, there were "Catchable" screens, which show up as the lighter blue color but diagonally-striped instead of solid).
So there it is. It is a rough and crude first attempt, but frankly I like it better than the chart. Perhaps I am a visual person. Or perhaps I just don't like numbers. But actually, I just like pretty colors. One other thing I like: the color blue. It is no coincidence that the more blue this visualization gets, the better it is.
Suggestions? Comments? Critiques?
Also, if you point me to more Hennecharts, I will make them and put them up for comparison. I would have done Threet from last year but the 5 minutes I spent looking for it were about as fruitful as the football season last year.
Of course mgoblog is full of other numbers and charts. If people have thoughts on which ones might be fun to visualize, drop a note here too in the comments. Would be fun to make this a more visual site...