Now that the NFL Scouting Combine hype machine has come to a close, I thought it would be a good time to send out my scrapy agents to gather mock draft opinions from across the web.
I collected a variety of 2019 NFL mock draft lists from dozens of sources, well known and otherwise. I ran this data through some Python magic to create a meta mock draft.
As my bots continue to bring me data from all across the interwebs I am constantly thinking about interesting questions to ask it.
As I have been focused on numbers generated by various sports leagues I began to wonder about the popularity of these various leagues themselves…
I have recently been inspired to write code of interest to the legal sports book industry again. Disclaimer – I have nothing to do with placing bets, taking bets, money exchanges for bets, or anything else to do with actual betting.
What I am almost obsessed with is sports betting odds, probabilities, rankings, etc. Of course when this kind of data is turned into information it can be of great value to the sports betting industry…
The other day I re-wrote my NBA player ranking algorithm so that it was more commiserate with my current Python skills. While my coding is significantly better, the basic idea was the same: take the available advanced analytics and determine who really are the most effective players in the NBA.
While I am more confident that this years version better identifies the best on court performances, I realize it only tells part of the story.
With all apologies to my 15 year old self, basketball is a business.
To that end, I decided to see if I could identify the players that were the best values. That is – what teams are paying vs. the return they are getting on the court.
In the sports media, at the barber shop, on bar stools and porches around the country; dudes are obsessed with discussing The GOAT.
You know – The Greatest Of All Time.
Today I would like to discuss the opposite. The WOAT or The Worst Of All Time.
There have been 16,116 NFL games played all time as of this writing. As best I can tell anyway…
There seems to be some disagreement about the exact total. There are also some games that were played from which there is no recorded info.
That being said there is still allot of data available – we are talking about games that go back to the Rochester Jeffersons after all.