Sizing Up Rúben Neves, the Creative at the Center of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Championship Climb

Sizing Up Rúben Neves, the Creative at the Center of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Championship Climb

Wolves are leading the Championship by no small margin, and with that kind of team performance comes plenty of attention from outside clubs directed toward the talent responsible for such an ascent. STATS Playing Styles explores methods to address the inevitable valuation and recruitment questions facing Wolves and clubs interested in their players. Wolverhampton Wanderers shelled […]

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Oklahoma’s Trae Young is No One-Dimensional Star

Oklahoma’s Trae Young is No One-Dimensional Star

Trae Young’s remarkable efficiency has the Sooners’ freshman on track to accomplish something no college basketball player has ever done Trae Young’s scoring prowess draws easy comparisons to a former Davidson guard of similar stature who’s blossomed into a two-time NBA MVP. It’s even earned praise from the man himself, who called Young “incredible” and […]

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Taking the Air Out of Airing It Out

Taking the Air Out of Airing It Out

The NFL has become a passing league, and by no small margin. Here’s how David Caldwell’s Jacksonville Jaguars reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007 by building around defending the era of air. NFL teams have thrown the ball about 5,000 more times than they have run the ball this year, a number […]

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FourFourTwo Films Presents The Numbers Game: How Data is Changing Football, Featuring Moneyball Innovator Billy Beane and STATS’ Patrick Lucey

FourFourTwo Films Presents The Numbers Game: How Data is Changing Football, Featuring Moneyball Innovator Billy Beane and STATS’ Patrick Lucey

A meaningful data revolution in football probably wasn’t possible in 2002 as Billy Beane’s methodology later labeled Moneyball changed baseball’s talent evaluation, player recruitment and valuation efficiencies forever by going against conventional wisdom. The complexity and fluidity of football held the sport back in that regard while other segmented sports adapted the model. But 15 years […]

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Counterintuitive: The Transition Style that got the Houston Dynamo Back to the MLS Cup Playoffs

Counterintuitive: The Transition Style that got the Houston Dynamo Back to the MLS Cup Playoffs

STATS Playing Styles can quantitatively break down the counter attack that helped transform a last-place club into an MLS semifinalist under a first-year coach. And while Houston won’t be an underdog in 2018, playing like one still makes sense. Calling the Houston Dynamo a playoff mainstay for their first eight seasons after moving from San […]

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