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02-03-2012, 07:38 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Big McLargehuge View Post
We just had a discussion about this stuff on the Pens board.

I'm not a fan of them for hockey because, unlike baseball, it's not a zero-sum game. Even the best of hockey stats are open to a bevy of outside influences that just can't be accounted for like they can in baseball.

I love stats, it's part of the reason why I still love baseball despite the fact that my favorite team has never had a .500 season since I was old enough to understand the concept of sports...but stats just don't work as well in hockey as in many other sports.
What gets lost in a lot of these discussions is that "not as good as baseball stats" does not equal "worthless."

Also the a priori assumption that they are not good so you can dismiss them without even looking at them or making an attempt to understand what they are when they are brought up.

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