Twentieth issue. As this hits your beloved inbox, I'm likely shanking one off the tee only to scramble and make par. If you can relate, please do me a solid and share this newsletter with exactly one other person.
No football! Instead, we have links to both NBA and WNBA, the fun stats of the Ryder Cup, home run paths for the 500 club, and soccer models looking at possession data.
This Week's Lineup
The Surprising NBA Suns
Filled with video examples and intrigue (worse on offense with Paul on the court) but settles on a narrative that encourages team depth.
WNBA Playoff Team Defining Stats
Eight teams and eight statistics that help tell the story of each of the playoff teams.
Whole Bunch of Ryder Cup Stats
Including this as I am partaking in a one-day Ryder Cup event this coming weekend. Many fun stats, such as it is the first Ryder Cup held in an odd year since 1999.
Career Home Run Paths
Miggy recently hit 500, becoming the 28th player to eclipse this milestone. But how have the paths for certain players played out? Who has maintained their trajectory with age the most?
Many Models Pursing the Possession Puzzle
538 looks at all the different models that try and produce "possession value" in soccer—a great breakdown of their approaches and what lies ahead.
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