Are you a sports fan that’s bored with traditional coverage of the world of sports? You have come to the right place. This page will highlight “analytic oriented” information on the sports we all love to watch that you can’t find elsewhere on the web. And you don’t need to Ph.D. in statistics to comprehend what you will find here. From the hallowed grass of Wimbledon to the gridiron of the Iron Bowl, the research you find here will present you with a completely different view of the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.
Most articles are written by Samford University faculty, sports industry professionals that partner with Samford or students in one of the four sports oriented academic programs on campus (sports media in the Journalism and Mass Communications department, sports administration in the department of Kinesiology, sports marketing in the Brock School of Business, and sports medicine in the School of Health Professions).
The Greatest PGA Tour Season of All Time
Tiger Woods’ 2000 PGA Tour season is known around the golf world for being the greatest all-around season had by any golfer in the history of the sport. This article will look at how truly dominant Tiger was in 2000, and if he would still reign supreme on today’s tour.
If You’re a Fan of Underdogs, Which Grand Slam Tournament is a Must-Watch?
In men’s professional tennis, it’s not uncommon to see a star player perform exceptionally well in one Grand Slam tournament and poorly in another. This article reveals which of the four majors has been home to the greatest number of upsets and, therefore, is arguably the most challenging for many top-ranking competitors.
Ranking the Best Coaches in College Basketball Today
This article compares who I believe to be the ten best coaches in college basketball today. It statistically breaks down each of these coaches’ success in both the regular season and the NCAA Tournament for their Division-1 coaching careers.
How Important Are Home Runs in a Power Hitting Period?
Major League Baseball is currently in a period of power hitting, so home runs have become a common occurrence. But does this mean that the best teams in the league are now the ones with exceptional home run totals? In this article, we seek to answer this question by analyzing MLB teams’ number of home runs and number of wins.
Does the SEC Offer the Best Fan Experience in College Football?
A common topic debated by college football fans is whether the SEC offers the best fan experience in all of college football. The areas where the SEC has proven to excel compared to other conferences are its loud atmospheres, core school traditions, and superior recruiting.
What Wins World Series Championships: Pitching, Batting, or Fielding?
The game of baseball is comprised of pitching, batting, and fielding, and it’s often the case that World Series champions dominate only one aspect of the sport. In this article, we seek to determine which facet of baseball most World Series champions distinguish themselves in and, therefore, is most indicative of who will win in the postseason.
How Have Recent #1 Overall Draft Pick Quarterbacks Performed in the NFL?
More often than not, teams with the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft will select a quarterback. Usually because these teams are in search of a player who can come in and change the whole culture of the franchise. This article will observe the ten most recent quarterbacks taken with the first overall pick and determine if this is really the answer to turning around your team.
Scoring Low on the PGA Tour
This article observes the ten lowest scoring players on the PGA Tour this season with the intent of giving some insight as to what facets of your golf game are most important to shooting lower scores. By breaking down different parts of the game, you will be able to see which of these areas are most critical to shaving a few strokes off your round.
The Best NBA Finals Performances of All-Time
This article simply aims to provide the statistics from the five most dominant individual performances, with some context of the series, in NBA Finals history. Using these statistics, readers can form their own opinions on who they think has had the greatest championship performance of all-time.
Does Defense Actually Win NBA Championships?
Many basketball players and coaches claim that defense wins championships, but recent NBA champions have been known for their offensive talent rather than their defensive prowess. In this article, we examine 4 major components of past champions’ defenses in order to determine whether or not a solid defense is what sets championship teams apart.
Are Teams Living or Dying by the Three in Today’s NBA?
As the game of basketball has progressed, so has the average player’s shooting ability and range. Consequently, this has made the three point shot the most deadly weapon in today’s game. However, do the statistics back up this assumption? This article will look analytically at the success and usage of the three-point shot in the NBA over recent years to answer this question.
2019 NFL Power Rankings: The Top Half’s Reasons for Optimism
As the NFL offseason heats up with training camps, free agency deadlines, and the season less than four months away, fans and analysts alike are starting to form predictions and expectations for each team. This article will take a look at the preseason power rankings for the 2018-2019 NFL season, and give a reason for optimism for the top half of the league.
Setting Realistic Expectations for Zion
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, and who would receive the overall number one pick, was one of the most talked about in history. With Zion Williamson on the board, there’s no question as to why the first pick was so highly valued. But how have number one picks historically performed after making it to the league? This article statistically breaks down the last 50 number one picks in the NBA Draft to answer this question.
Is the King’s Reign Over?
Lebron James and the L.A. Lakers underachieved greatly this season by most people's standards, leading many people to question if Lebron is still as dominant as he once was. This blog will take a look at his 2018-2019 season and seek to answer some of these questions.
How to Win It All in a Passing League: Run the Ball
The NFL currently has a reputation as a "passing league," but many people still believe that the quality of a team's rush offense will determine whether or not it is capable of winning a championship. By taking a closer look at the last 10 Super Bowl champions, we can determine the level of importance that the best teams in the league place on the running game.
Quantifying the Home-Court Advantage in the NBA Playoffs
In the context of the NBA Playoffs, the team that will play at least half of the series’ games in its own arena is said to have the “home-court advantage.” This article explores how having the home-court advantage affects a team’s ability to win a series in a certain number of games and in a particular round of the playoffs.
Largest Soccer Fan Study Ever Reveals Surprising Insights
The MLS commissioned the Boston Consulting Group to conduct a research study seeking to ascertain why North American soccer fans watch the sport, regardless of league, and what MLS clubs could do to build deeper fan relationships. It has evolved over the last 3 years into a mid-seven-figure investment in analytics, data and research, helping the MLS create a strategic framework to deepen fan engagement and increase revenue.
March Madness: Do “One-and-Done” Players Win National Championships?
“One-and-done” players, or players who only play one season of college basketball before entering the NBA draft, greatly contribute to their teams’ successes and are expected to lead their teams to victory after victory in the NCAA tournament. In this article, we analyze the former rosters and NCAA tournament performances of Duke University and the University of Kentucky in order to see if there is a strong correlation between a team’s number of one-and-done players and degree of success in the NCAA tournament.