Bill Simmons's Dad Helped Recruit Nate Silver To ESPN's Jack Dickey, writing for Time, has a profile of Nate Silver, the data maven who will be bringing his number-crunching digital publication, FiveThirtyEight, to ESPN later this month. There's plenty of good stuff in there (for subscribers) about ESPN's courtship of Silver. » 3/06/14 1:32pm 3/06/14 1:32pm

What Is Nate Silver's New ESPN Site Going To Look Like?

Nate Silver's ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight site is not going to be The Nate Silver Show + a few contributors. Silver's plan is to make it a Grantland II, of sorts. » 8/08/13 2:39pm 8/08/13 2:39pm

ESPN's Nate Silver Is Here To Answer Your Questions

Last week, Nate Silver, the statistician who became famous (and stupidly infamous) for his political forecasting, bolted The New York Times for ESPN. Curious how he'll fit in at a company dedicated to producing more noise than signal? Wondering how it felt getting tossed under the bus somewhere along Eighth Avenue?… » 7/29/13 2:01pm 7/29/13 2:01pm

Nate Silver Leaving New York Times For ESPN, Keith Olbermann's Show

New York Times media writer Brian Stelter has broken a big bit of news on this Friday night: Nate Silver, sabermetrician and electoral seer, is leaving the Times and heading to ESPN. He's taking FiveThirtyEight with him, too. And yet that's not the juiciest bit. » 7/19/13 9:02pm 7/19/13 9:02pm

Nate Silver Tackles The Canadian Stanley Cup Drought

In nine days, we will celebrate(?) the 20th anniversary of Montreal's '93 championship, the last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup. Today in the Times, Nate Silver takes a stab at the most jingoistically painful futility in professional sports. » 5/31/13 3:52pm 5/31/13 3:52pm

Still Filling Out Your NCAA Tournament Bracket? Consult Our Handy…

Presenting your 2013 NCAA Tournament Metabracket. Click the annotations to see which teams Nate Silver, Joe Lunardi, Seth Davis, Barack Obama, Matt Norlander, Jay Bilas, and Luke Winn picked to advance through each round. (Click the "Next" button in the lower right corner to see the Sweet 16 and onward.) » 3/20/13 7:53pm 3/20/13 7:53pm

“Are You A Nerd?” And Other Questions We Asked Our Fellow Nerds At The…

Last weekend, I went to the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Attendance has gone up every year, and it gets harder and harder to get a feel for who actually goes to this thing: Why were they there? Were they still all sabermetrics geeks? High-powered businessmen? To find out, I did some analysis of… » 3/08/13 5:05pm 3/08/13 5:05pm

Nate Silver Argues That The Breakaway Big East Teams Have A Chance To…

News came down today that the Big East's non-FBS football schools have officially decided to leave the conference, a decision made by unanimous vote and one we've been expecting for a few days. It's easy to feel a little fearful about the Big East's basketball powers (sans UConn) striking out on their own—the Big East… » 12/15/12 5:00pm 12/15/12 5:00pm

Skew Yourselves: Nate Silver Is Here To Answer Your Questions

Nate Silver—the baseball analyst/metapollster/scary math witch who has given us both the PECOTA player forecasting system and the indispensable FiveThirtyEight blog—is in the discussion below, awaiting your questions. Go buy his book, The Signal and the Noise. We predict that you'll like it. » 11/14/12 1:58pm 11/14/12 1:58pm

MLB Hot Stove Apathy: The Real Secret Variable That (Almost) Predicted…

The "Redskins Rule" failed to pick the winner for second time in three presidential races, so it looks like everyone will have to pick a new random sports thing as their favorite election-prediction oracle. Instead of just choosing some random team's game, we decided to go to the sports site that really has its finger… » 11/07/12 5:00pm 11/07/12 5:00pm

Nate Silver's Braying Idiot Detractors Show That Being Ignorant About…

In case you haven't been hanging around the benighted corners of the political internet lately, there's an idiotic backlash afoot against Nate Silver, the proprietor of the FiveThirtyEight blog who made his name as one of the sharpest baseball analysts around. » 11/01/12 5:15pm 11/01/12 5:15pm

The Curse Of Dopey "Curse Of The Bambino" References, And Other Dumb…

Harvey Araton of the New York Times, reporting from Baltimore, sets the new/old standard for witless hackery today: » 9/27/11 4:50pm 9/27/11 4:50pm

Some Sweet, Sweet Charlie Weis Love, And Other Unconventional Sports…

Once upon a time, a site called The Black Table had a regular feature entitled Waxing Off, in which women gathered in an online roundtable to discuss issues of the day, and also to make fun of Will Leitch's shoes. And so we got to thinking: With so many great female sports bloggers out there, why not import the idea… » 11/21/08 4:30pm 11/21/08 4:30pm

Stat Nerd Better At Predicting Elections Than Predicting The NL East

If you're a seamhead, you know Nate Silver as the Baseball Prospectus geek who has probably forgotten more about algorithms than you and I will ever know. He invented the PECOTA projection system, which predicted Tampa Bay's first 90-win season way back in February when the Devil » 11/06/08 10:45am 11/06/08 10:45am Rays were still the laughing stock of…