FiveThirtyEight has a cool interactive up today by Nate Silver and frenemy of the program Reuben Fischer-Baum, calculating the Elo ratings throughout history for every team in the NBA. I’m a sucker for Elo ratings, so I love this. I’m also a sucker for the shitbag Knicks, so I pulled up their chart ready to cringe.…
Around this time every year, a handful of major college football programs dump their coach in search of quick success. Some moves work better than others.
Do you really have time to be setting your lineup for the Thanksgiving games?
Here's an interactive made by Alex Bresler that starts off a little unwieldy, but is functionally a treasure box of NBA oddities.
Here's a chart by our friend Ed Kupfer, who does analytics for the Houston Rockets, showing the distribution by percent of every NBA team's offensive and defensive field goals. If you take a second blink through the information overload, it's a shorthand Rosetta Stone for what's going on in the NBA.
Ben Blatt put together this chart for Slate that shows where current pro athletes were born in America. NHL players tend to come from the Northeast and NFL players are concentrated in the South; New York produces a higher proportion of NBA than NFL players, and California is a hotbed for baseball talent.
The New York Times has a new interactive showing which college football teams the country roots for, according to data it has exclusively from Facebook. Fandom is broken down into ZIP codes, which you can zoom in and mouseover to see in detail, with percentages—which is the only way you can see some teams show up on…
Here's a relationship chart of the colors of all 128 FBS college football programs, put together by 614 analytics. It serves as a good reminder that some schools have some truly ghastly color combinations. Brown and orange, Bowling Green?
Here's a neat little interactive by Chris Polis, showing every game in the NFL season, and how each team connects to the others, by week and by team.
Baseball loves to talk about itself in reference to specific eras, so it's probably useful to have a way to look at how offense has changed, all in one place. Analyze1.com mapped runs, home runs, RBI, batting average, and stolen bases in Major League Baseball dating back to 1880.
Just by its nature, each World Cup is more certain to produce indelible moments than just about any other sporting event we have. Here are a bunch of the best, animated beautifully by Richard Swarbrick.
Our friend Ed Kupfer from the Houston Rockets made another fun chart, this time plotting the average distance of field goal attempts (based on play-by-play data) against shots taken (min. 100 FGA). So, who shoots from the deepest?
Yesterday, Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry wrote a piece about how James Harden gets fouled like a Super Mario coin brick. But buried in the piece was this fascinating map of every single shooting foul so far in this NBA season, so we thought we'd take a closer look. (Do yourself a favor and click "Expand" in the upper…
Ed Kupfer, who's an analyst for the Rockets, which kind of makes him one of the smart guys who does homework for the other smart guys, put together a simple visualization of the strength of schedule teams have faced so far (on the left), and the strength of schedule of their remaining games (on the right).