Analytics: A Bit Like Frosting Without Cake
You may have heard that after many struggling years, the Cleveland Browns have decided to try analytics. Which means that they’re going to be analyzing everything. If they figure out that the team is 19-8 after tackle Joe Thomas sits in even-numbered rows on team flights, he’ll never sit in an odd-numbered row again.
Some fans and football people are scoffing at the notion that finding patterns in numbers can lead to wins on the football field. But like many Browns fans, I’m hopeful. Things can hardly get worse; plus, there was a time when the analytics approach was ridiculed in baseball — yet it has since become an integral part of the sport.