Wednesday, January 26, 2011

University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moscowitz and veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won, and lost. Their book Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won overturns some of the most cherished truisms of sports—from home-field advantage, to the biased umpires exhibit, to the myth of the "hot hand" in sports.


Tobias J. Moscowitz and L. Jon Wertheim

Comments [5]

a g from n j

players don't want to sacrifice bunt anymore,no one want to lower their batting average for the sake of the team. given the way things are set up, i dont blame them.

also coaches don't want to deal with the fallout of criticism. lombardi did not have to deal with nasty little espn reporters..

Jan. 26 2011 01:24 PM

Have your guests found any coaches or players that break some of the conventional wisdom and have better results?

Jan. 26 2011 01:23 PM
a g from n j

any team sport, needs other people to succeed. of course, this is very different in baseball,where a batter is on his own. the variables, in other sports, each have their own uniqueness.

on another note- it is stupid that ny fans boo their own players. if for no other reason,appeal to your own greed, and don't put that stress on the guy,so he can play better, ya'think........

Jan. 26 2011 01:16 PM
Capper from NYC

Maybe off-topic here...but football and long-term injuries--- Why doesn't our country embrace Rugby and get away from the equipment that allows our athletes to use such 'force' in the game.

Let's get back to the basics and the "real" sport of Rugby.

Jan. 26 2011 01:11 PM
a g from n j

given how much capricious luck and randomness there is in winning and losing, it is amazing to see how much time is devoted to debate, over the results of a game. the winner, is the complete alpha-top dog. the "loser", is vanquished to the land of oblivion. because the jets coach "guaranteed" a super bowl appearance, if not win,the season is now seen as a total failure by many. why does the whole team merit the burden of one mans words? words that any rational person, would not take, as a strict literal,imperative. coaches,say all manner of stuff. the endless double guessing of a call,makes it something other than sport. what that other thing is,who really knows.
it is all about the win now. what does that have to do with sportmanship,and what kind of a moral lesson is that for kids.

Jan. 26 2011 12:56 PM

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