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The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code - Bloomberg
Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time.
Horse racing is something like a religion in Hong Kong, whose citizens bet more than anyone else on Earth. Their cathedral is Happy Valley Racecourse, whose grassy oval track and floodlit stands are ringed at night by one of the sport’s grandest views: neon skyscrapers and neat stacks of high-rises, a constellation of illuminated windows, and beyond them, lush hills silhouetted in darkness.
On the evening of Nov. 6, 2001, all of Hong Kong was talking about the biggest jackpot the city had ever seen: at least HK$100 million (then about $13 million) for the winner of a single bet called the Triple Trio. The wager is a little like a trifecta of trifectas; it requires players to predict the top three horses, in any order, in three different heats. More than 10 million combinations are possible. When no one picks correctly, the prize money rolls over to the next set of races. That balmy November night, the pot had gone unclaimed six times over. About a million people placed a bet—equivalent to 1 in 7 city residents.
statistics  gambling  sports  algorithm 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Census’s New Citizenship Question Could Hurt Communities That Are Already Undercounted | FiveThirtyEight
After a long career as a banker and investor, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is no doubt familiar with cost-benefit analyses. That seems to have carried over to his political work. In a memo declaring that the 2020 census would ask U.S. inhabitants whether they are U.S. citizens,1 he wrote, “I find that the need for accurate citizenship data and the limited burden that the reinstatement of the citizenship question would impose outweigh fears about a potentially lower response rate.” The inclusion of the question was a request of the Justice Department, which says that it needs the information to enforce the Voting Rights Act.
But Ross isn’t the only one weighing costs against benefits when it comes to the census — respondents do it as well. Demographers and civil rights groups are concerned that under a president who has called for a ban on Muslims and immigrants from certain countries, dramatically reduced the number of refugees allowed into the country and cracked down on undocumented immigrants without criminal records, a citizenship question will push more people to decide that the risks of responding accurately to the questionnaire, or responding at all, outweigh the benefits. And the groups that seem most likely to be put off from responding — immigrants, members of households with immigrants, people living in poverty, among others — are the same ones that are already at highest risk of being uncounted.
gov2.0  politics  statistics  immigration  538  survey  census 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, First-Round Preview: Let’s Crunch Some Numbers - Jewels From The Crown
Vegas ran away with the Pacific, but do their numbers back up their dominance?
There’s no shortage of interesting storylines in this matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights. The old guard versus the new upstart in town. An expansion team of spare parts and unknown quantities, beginning their season under the shadow of a great tragedy that brought the team and the city together. Two battle-tested goaltenders, both with their share of post-season triumphs and collapses. A world-class all-star center, against a revelation of a scoring machine.
If you’re talking narratives, there may not be a better matchup than Kings/Golden Knights. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have an age-old grudge match. Toronto has a chance to exorcise some demons against Boston. But the Kings trying to resurrect themselves after being all but buried by most hockey pundits, taking on a team which was predicted to be somewhere between embarrassment and adequate, we guess? Now that’s a story.
While the general perception of these teams is that of a rising star taking the league by storm squaring off against the fading beauty trying for one last hurrah, the numbers — well, the numbers tell a slightly different story.
hockey  kings  statistics  comparo 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
3 stats to know about new Rams WR Brandin Cooks | Rams Wire
The Los Angeles Rams are effectively replacing Sammy Watkins – who had a disappointing season in 2017 – with Brandin Cooks. They acquired Cooks from the Patriots this week, adding one of the fastest players in the NFL to an offense that led the league in points a year ago.
So what exactly is Los Angeles getting in Cooks? Well, a player who can score from anywhere on the field, and one who can command the attention of defensive backs each week.
Here are three stats to know about the Rams’ newest wideout.
One of 2 WRs with 1,000 yards and 7 TDs in each of the last three years...
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Angels' Shohei Ohtani proves worthy of hype | MLB.com
Throws 99.6 mph as pitcher, hits 112.8 mph as batter
The Angels have an off-day Thursday. That might be the only thing that can stop Shohei Ohtani from doing something spectacular.
Hyperbolic? Well, sure. It's April 5. We can't exactly look at his stat line of .429/.429/.857 this early in the season as anything more than a flashy set of unsustainable numbers, but what we can do is to look at the underlying skills that have brought him to that point -- they're very real -- and to point out that in three games over the last four days, Ohtani has done something spectacular each time.
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mostly False: 18 U.S. school shootings so far in 2018 and 18 in rest of the world over past 20 years | PolitiFact Wisconsin
Amid the early news reports about a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead on Feb. 14, 2018, longtime network TV journalist and author Jeff Greenfield declared in a tweet:
In the rest of the world, there have been 18 school shootings in the last twenty years. In the U.S., there have been 18 school shootings since January 1.
It’s a provocative claim that drew more the 130,000 likes on Twitter.
Greenfield, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, may be on the right track generally in contrasting how much gun violence there is in America compared to the rest of the world.
But as for his specific claim, he leaves a misleading impression with the U.S. part and lacks evidence for the part about the rest of the world.
statistics  guns  usa  comparo  factcheck  politics 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Well, would you look at that. States that have... - Michael A Ventrella
Well, would you look at that. States that have the harshest gun laws have the least amount of gun deaths and vice versa. Who would have ever imagined?
crime  gov2.0  guns  politics  statistics  state 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Gun Laws vs Gun Deaths | SafeHome.org
Firearm legislation is a much discussed issue these days, and there are many opinions that surround it. Statistics can even be unpacked to adhere to certain viewpoints on the topic. For example, the U.S. has the highest rate of gun violence when compared with Western Europe, but falls around the median when compared with countries in North and South America.
Similarly, some states have more issues with firearms than others. The South, in particular, is a consistently high-risk area for firearm violence, while California and much of the Northeast have per capita rates that pale in comparison. However, some states with strict gun laws, such as Illinois, can still have significant rates of gun deaths, while states with extremely lax gun legislation, such as Arizona, aren’t quite as high on the list as you might expect.
Knowing the facts about firearms, crime trends in the U.S., and the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of gun legislation are a vital part of staying safe and informed. Continue reading to see the relationship between gun laws and gun deaths in the U.S.
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cooper Kupp was NFL’s top receiver on this route in 2017 | Rams Wire
Cooper Kupp came into the NFL with sky-high expectations from not only Los Angeles Rams fans, but draft pundits who called him their “pet cat” leading up to the big event. He met (and exceeded) the hype by catching 62 passes for 869 yards and five touchdowns, leading the team in receiving yards.
He thrived in the slot and developed a great rapport with Jared Goff, looking more and more comfortable with each passing week. He’s not your typical slot receiver, either, boasting good size and downfield receiving ability.
There is one route in particular that Kupp was dominant at running: the whip, or pivot route. It calls for the receiver to run a few yards inside before pivoting and breaking toward the sideline. Here’s an example of Kupp running a whip route.
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers vs. Giants opening day history - True Blue LA
Thursday will mark the 32nd time since joining the National League in 1890 that the Dodgers and Giants will open their season against each other.
The Dodgers lead the all-time series 16-15. Their first opening day meeting was April 18, 1895 at the Polo Grounds in New York, with Brooklyn winning the road game 7-4.
When the two teams were in New York the Dodgers were 11-9 in opening day games against the Giants. Brooklyn was just 2-5 at home on opening day against the Giants, including losses in their first five such contests — twice at Washington Park and three games at Ebbets Field.
The two teams’ first game out west was at Seals Stadium in San Francisco, an 8-0 Giants win.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mind-boggling stats: Ndamukong Suh | NFL.com
Ndamukong Suh is going to the Los Angeles Rams! Take a look at these mind-boggling stats from Suh's career and what that means for Los Angeles' defense.
Major talent headed west
Ndamukong Suh is headed west to the Los Angeles Rams. The 31-year-old is a five-time Pro Bowler and was awarded First-Team All-Pro three times. After being picked second overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Suh won the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Robert Woods produced perfect passer rating on this route in 2017 | Rams Wire
One of the most memorable plays of 2017 for the Los Angeles Rams was a 94-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Robert Woods against the Houston Texans. Woods burned the cornerback on a beautifully run post route, breaking wide open for Goff down the middle of the field.
It was the longest play by a Rams player in 53 years, so it was obviously a historic touchdown. It wasn’t Woods’ only successful play on a post route, however. He was nothing short of brilliant on that particular pattern, according to Pro Football Focus.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
A critical analysis of the latest cellphone safety scare | Ars Technica
In which we describe how we decided not to cover the newest cellphone-cancer study.
Last night, a fellow editor emailed me a link to yet another study purporting to show that cellphone use could be associated with cancer. This one was worth looking at in more detail, however, because it purported to see an increase in a specific cancer—the same type of cancer that was increased in a problematic US government study.
A quick glance at the study identified significant issues with its primary conclusion. Normally, at this point, the decision would be to skip coverage unless the study picked up unwarranted attention from the rest of the media. (See: Scott Kelly's DNA). But in this case, we thought we'd describe how we went about evaluating the paper, since it could help more people identify similar issues in the future.
cellphones  research  safety  science  statistics 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Jared Goff led NFL in play-action yards in 2017, and it wasn’t close | Rams Wire
When you have a strong running game, it makes throwing the ball infinitely easier. Not only does it take pressure off of the quarterback, but it also sets up the play-action pass.
Jared Goff experienced exactly that in 2017 with Todd Gurley behind him in the backfield. Gurley, the Offensive Player of the Year, was second in the NFL with 1,305 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, proving to be one of the best backs in football.
As a result, linebackers and safeties were constantly worried about him getting the ball. That made play-action far more effective. In fact, no quarterback had more yards off play-action than Goff, and it wasn’t particularly close.
Jared Goff and the Rams were the Kings of play action in 2017! pic.twitter.com/e2PJk9WKb4
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 15, 2018
What a difference a year makes for Goff and Gurley, who both struggled mightily in 2016.
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march 2018 by rgl7194
Netflix data: 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs - Recode
Most Netflix subscribers sign up on phones or computers. But 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs.
You can watch Netflix in almost every country in the world, on any device you want. But the odds are very good that no matter where you watch Netflix, you’re going to watch it on a TV screen.
Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs instead of phones, tablets or PCs.
That number isn’t a shock — Netflix has been clear about the importance of TVs for a long time, and it’s why the company has spent a lot of energy working out integration deals with pay TV distributors like Comcast and Sky — but it’s a good reminder that not everything is moving to the phone.
Netflix isn’t an outlier, either. Last fall, for instance, YouTube said that its live TV service, which it had pitched as a mobile-first offering, was generating more than half of its streams on TVs.
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march 2018 by rgl7194
Cooper Kupp was No. 1 in the NFL vs. press coverage in 2017 | Rams Wire
Cooper Kupp primarily played in the slot as a rookie, which he’ll presumably do throughout his career. Although he’s on the bigger side for a player at that position, he has the route-running savvy and quickness to beat smaller cornerbacks inside.
After seeing this stat, too, no one should want to move him outside. He was outstanding against press coverage, ranking first in the NFL with a near-perfect passer rating generated.
Cooper Kupp generated the highest passer rating when targeted against press coverage in his rookie season! pic.twitter.com/5SCUP5CGdD
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 1, 2018
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march 2018 by rgl7194
Metrics that Matter: How good is Marcus Peters really? | Fantasy Analysis | Pro Football Focus
Friday, the Los Angeles Rams reportedly agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire 25-year-old cornerback Marcus Peters.
Peters is an interesting cornerback to analyze, because while I do think he’s probably a top-10 talent, he isn’t a cornerback we’ve ever had to fear for DFS. Last season, Peters never shadowed, and rarely ever strayed from his side of the field, spending 94 percent of his snaps lined up at left cornerback. This made things easier for opposing offensive coordinators who would just move their top receivers around the line of scrimmage to pick on Arizona’s other, more vulnerable cornerbacks. Kansas City gave up the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to right wide receivers last year (Peters’ side of the field), but the most fantasy points per game to left wide receivers and the third-most to slot wide receivers.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
NFL's top 10 cornerbacks in 2017: A.J. Bouye rules the roost - NFL.com
3
Marcus Peters
CB
Chiefs
Passer rating: 63.4 (fifth)
Catch rate: 52.7 percent (16th)
Yards per game: 29.2 (seventh)
Interception rate: 6.8 percent (fourth)
Score: 32.
At different points last season, it looked like there was no way Peters would make a list like this. After a red-hot start, the third-year corner went through a stretch where he gave up big plays all too frequently, including Terrelle Pryor's lone score of the season in a prime-time game vs. Washington. He was even suspended by the team following a strange late-game scene against the Jets where he tossed a penalty flag, left the field and later returned from the locker room without socks. Like we said, strange. Yet, following that one-game ban, Peters returned to wrap up an all-around stellar season as a cover corner and ballhawk. Peters snared five interceptions on the year and led the NFL with 137 return yards. He allowed just 409 yards in coverage on the year, the third-fewest among qualifying corners, despite the Chiefs ranking 29th against the pass overall. Kansas City already made a move to try and find Peters some help by securing Kendall Fuller as part of the deal that will send Alex Smith to Washington.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
This stat shows how dominant Marcus Peters has been since 2015 | Rams Wire
When discussing Marcus Peters’ game, his innate ability to create turnovers always gets brought up. After all, he has picked off 19 passes and forced six fumbles the past three years – most in the NFL.
In addition to being a ball hawk, however, Peters absolutely locks down receivers that come into his area. Since 2015, no player has allowed a lower passer rating when targeted than Peters, according to PFF.
Since 2015, no defender has allowed a lower passer rating in their coverage than Marcus Peters. pic.twitter.com/7jcjrYUvOn
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 22, 2018
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Per Pro Football Focus, life just got a lot harder on NFC West QB’s - Turf Show Times
Best of luck Russell Wilson, Jimmy G, and...the other guy
By now you’ve probably heard the news: the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have agreed on a deal that will send cornerback Marcus Peters to LA. The terms have not yet been disclosed.
This news comes as a surprise to many, including Chiefs’ players themselves, who, according to rumors, aren’t that thrilled at the prospect of losing an extremely talented, and very young player in their secondary.
In the event you’re not familiar with what Peters has accomplished in his first three seasons in the NFL, Pro Football Focus sums it up pretty nicely in just two tweets. And despite the fact that this ultimately points to the end of the road for Trumaine Johnson, this trade provides Wade Phillips with a new toy. A shutdown corner.
Since his rookie season (2015) Peters has a total of 19 interceptions and 31 pass breakups — a figure good for best in the NFL.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots | The New Yorker
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates.
According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point.
Of the many obvious things that people are sick and tired of trying to get through the skulls of stupid people, the fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions tops the list, with a majority saying that they will no longer bother trying to explain this to cretins.
gov2.0  guns  politics  statistics  satire 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Rams had 4th-most pressures in NFL last season, led by Aaron Donald | Rams Wire
The Los Angeles Rams went from worst to first in points this past season, helping them earn an 11-5 record and division title. As good as the offense was, though, the defense deserves some credit, too.
Despite ranking 28th against the run, the Rams allowed the 12th-fewest points in the league. Their pass defense was particularly good, intercepting 18 passes and allowing just 21 touchdown passes. Part of the reason Los Angeles had so much success against the pass was the pressure guys like Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers were able to generate.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff led the NFL in this key stat while under pressure | Rams Wire
In 2017, he was cool under pressure and made great decisions with the football. According to Pro Football Focus, no quarterback had a lower interception rate while under pressure than Goff. That’s mighty impressive.
The lowest interception rates while under pressure! pic.twitter.com/HaJFzmTbiW
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 19, 2018
Goff had just one interception on 152 pass attempts while under pressure this past season, which shows how smart he was with the ball with defenders around him. He did a great job throwing it away or taking a sack when realizing there was nowhere to go with the ball.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff, Robert Woods ranked among best QB-WR duos in NFL | Rams Wire
When the Los Angeles Rams traded for Sammy Watkins in August, it was presumed that he’d become the other half of a potentially great quarterback-receiver duo. Little did fans know that it would be the other former Bills wideout joining Jared Goff in that regard.
Robert Woods, who was a fairly underrated signing, proved to be the Rams’ best wideout in 2017. Although he missed four games, Woods caught 56 passes for a career-high 781 yards and five touchdowns.
His connection with Goff began to flourish late in the year before Woods suffered a shoulder injury in Week 11, catching 20 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns in a strong three-game stretch.
According to NFL.com, with help from Next Gen Stats, the Goff-Woods duo is the eighth-best in the league. It had to do with Woods’ ability to get open, which gave Goff some easy throws to make.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Five stats that explain Los Angeles Rams' unprecedented points rise - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- Their season ended nearly six weeks ago, and the turnaround still feels shocking. In one year, the Los Angeles Rams went from last in the NFL in points to first. The only other team to do that was the 1965 San Francisco 49ers, who played in the final season without a Super Bowl.
And it wasn't just some outlier bad year that the 2017 Rams improved upon. The Rams fielded one of the NFL's worst offenses for a decade, the 2016 version only the latest in what seemed like a never-ending cycle of despondency.
Top Turnarounds
Rams coach Sean McVay engineered an offense that had the biggest turnaround in NFL history. The three teams with the highest points-per-game increase from the previous season since 1970:
TEAM INCREASE W-L
2017 Rams +15.9 11-5
1999 Rams +15.1 13-3
1975 Colts +14.6 10-4
Elias Sports Bureau
Then along came a rookie head coach named Sean McVay, and voilà, first. First. The Rams went from a league-worst 14.0 points per game under Jeff Fisher in 2016 to a league-best 29.9 points per game under McVay in 2017. The 15.9-point year-to-year increase is the largest in NFL history, topping the previous mark of 15.1 points by the 1999 Rams team that played in St. Louis. Here are five key team stats that help illustrate how the Rams pulled off their miraculous, unprecedented turnaround.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Rams’ offensive line was third-best in NFL, according to Next Gen Stats | Rams Wire
In addition to revamping their receiving corps, the Rams also addressed their biggest need last offseason: the offensive line. It was one of the worst units in football, allowing Jared Goff to be sacked 26 times in just seven games as a rookie.
By comparison, he was sacked only 25 times in 15 games this past season, which was among the fewest in the NFL.
The drastic improvement on that front was mostly thanks to the additions of Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan – two experienced veterans who played at a very high level in 2017. It was also partly due to Rodger Saffold and Rob Havenstein putting together solid seasons at left guard and right tackle.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
The Rams’ offensive line ranked No. 2 in this key statistic | Rams Wire
Todd Gurley obviously had a tremendous season in 2017. No one will deny that. He finished second in rushing, first in yards from scrimmage and first in touchdowns. He jumped over people regularly, made them look foolish in the open field and was arguably the Rams’ best pass-catcher this past season.
He didn’t do it all by himself, though. He got plenty of help from his friends – his very big friends.
The Rams’ offensive line was outstanding in 2017, from Andrew Whitworth to Rob Havenstein. It was nominated for Offensive Line of the Year after performing like one of the worst units in the league just one year prior.
One statistic in particular puts into perspective just how great Los Angeles’ front five was. Only one offensive line produced more yards before contact than the Rams did, and it was by the slimmest of margins. Carolina averaged 1.91 yards before contact per attempt, while the Rams were second at 1.89, according to PFF.
No team, however, was better at opening up holes in the middle of the line than the Rams. Los Angeles averaged 3.02 yards before contact per carry, while the next-best team was Kansas City at 2.66. No other team averaged more than 1.92.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Rams’ dramatic improvement in toxic differential was big reason for success | Rams Wire
There were a number of reasons the Rams made a huge jump forward in 2017, most notably Sean McVay’s arrival in Los Angeles. However, statistically, their improvement in toxic differential certainly played a huge role, too.
What’s toxic differential you ask? No, it’s not something that’s plastered on the side of a paint can. It essentially measures a team’s game-changing plays.
Here’s how Stats.com puts it:
“[It] combines a team’s turnover differential and explosive play differential. Explosive plays are defined as those gaining at least 25 yards. If a team ends up with a positive toxic differential, odds are it had success on the field. End with a negative differential, and a team will end up higher in the draft order than it would probably like.”
The Rams ranked tied for 12th in the NFL in 2017, which doesn’t sound great, obviously. Their differential was plus-6, while the Vikings led the league at plus-30. Considering the Rams finished 29th (minus-26) in 2016, that’s a massive improvement.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Gurley Named PFF’s Top-Graded Running Back of 2017
After winning AP and PFWA Offensive Player of the Year, and FedEx Ground Player of the Year, Rams running back Todd Gurley can now add one more honor to the list — Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded running back of 2017.
Gurley received a 91.9 overall grade and an 86.9 running grade from PFF. The honor is particularly impressive when you consider that Gurley received a grade of 50.7 just one year ago. In 2016, the Georgia product was the 53rd-ranked running back in the league.
The top graded running backs from the 2017 season! pic.twitter.com/VS6a8ZCRRs
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 7, 2018
But this year under first-year head coach Sean McVay, he developed into a dual-threat running back with the ability to impact games from the ground and through the air. Gurley led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,093), total touchdowns (19), and rushing touchdowns (13). He also finished second in yards rushing (1,305) and racked up 788 yards receiving on 64 catches.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley not truly deserving of MVP votes
If, at the last minute, the NFL added a most valuable running back award to its NFL Honors program on Saturday, Todd Gurley would be the runaway favorite. He is the only running back in the MVP conversation, after all.
He would also be the wrong choice. Because there was another running back who produced much more than Gurley in far fewer opportunities: Alvin Kamara.
Gurley's candidacy for MVRB (this make-believe award already has an acronym and everything) stems from him leading the league in yards from scrimmage (2,093) and in rushing and receiving combined touchdowns (19). Especially when considering that the next highest rushing/receiving touchdown total was 13 (by DeAndre Hopkins and Kamara), why isn't the Rams running back the obvious choice here?
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february 2018 by rgl7194
We Measured Trump’s First Year According To His Own Goals. Here’s What We Found. | FiveThirtyEight
Well, it’s been a year — how is President Trump doing? Last spring, we picked seven measures that would allow us to gauge Trump’s success or failure in office according to his own goals. Now, as Trump prepares to deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, we take a look at where the country is headed and compare that with the direction Trump wanted it to take.
For the sake of this exercise, we weren’t interested in whether Trump’s actions directly caused any of the changes we saw in the metrics. We cared only about outcomes, not what produced them. The story of Trump’s presidency so far: Some things are going his way, but many results, both good and bad, are a continuation of trends that began well before Trump took office.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Goff's 2017 Season By the Numbers
Quarterback Jared Goff showcased tremendous year-to-year development under head coach Sean McVay in 2017, leading the Rams to an NFC West title. And on Friday, Goff was named Most Improved Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Here’s Goff’s 2017 season by the numbers:
1 rushing touchdown scored against the Cardinals in Los Angeles’ 33-0 blowout win in London. The scoring play was the Cal product’s longest rushing touchdown of his career (13 yards).
4 touchdowns in a single game — setting a career high. Goff threw for four touchdowns twice this season, in Week 9 and Week 16.
5 games with at least 300 passing yards. Goff did not have a single game with over 300 yards passing as a rookie.
7 interceptions. Goff showcased his impressive accuracy this season becoming the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for at least 25 touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions in the same season. His 1.5 interception rate is also the No. 2 in franchise history behind quarterback Marc Bulger (1.4 in 2006).
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Rams finish first in NFL special teams rankings and it wasn’t even close | Rams Wire
Rick Gosselin certainly recognized the strength of Los Angeles’ special teams this season, ranking it first in the NFL – and by a wide margin. The Rams topped his annual list for 2017, followed by the Chiefs, Patriots, Ravens and Cowboys.
How dominant were the Rams? All four of their specialists were selected for the Pro Bowl – kicker Greg Zuerlein, punter Johnny Hekker, return specialist Pharoh Cooper and deep snapper Jake McQuaide.
The Rams finished first in six of the categories and runnerup in five others. The Rams had three other Top-5 finishes and four more Top-10 finishes. So the Rams were a Top-10 finisher in 18 of the 22 categories in these special-teams rankings. That’s dominance.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Five Takeaways: 2017 L.A. Rams Season
The Rams underwent a major transformation in 2017, winning the NFC West with an 11-5 record in the club’s first year under head coach Sean McVay.
While Los Angeles’ playoff run ended earlier than the team expected, as McVay said last week, “you also don't want it to take away from a lot of the great things that our players and that our coaches were able to achieve.”
With that in mind, here are five takeaways from the Rams’ season.
1) From worst to first
The Rams’ offense went from paltry to prolific with a historic turnaround under the direction of McVay and his staff. Los Angeles became only the second team in NFL history to go from last to first in scoring from year to year, joining the 1965 49ers.
L.A. scored 478 points in 2017, more than doubling its output from 2016. At 29.9 points per game, the Rams scored 1.3 than the Patriots and Eagles, who tied for No. 2 at 28.6. Los Angeles finished No. 3 with 44.3 percent of its possessions ending in points, and No. 3 at scoring 2.26 points per drive.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Todd Gurley, Robert Woods both ranked in top 3 of this stat category | Rams Wire
One year after fielding the worst offense in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams finished first in scoring this season. It was the combination of Sean McVay’s scheme, Jared Goff’s improvements and Todd Gurley’s dominance, among other things.
One area in which the Rams got dramatically better was creating big plays. They had the ninth-most passing plays of at least 25 yards, which ranked eighth in the NFL. Additionally, the Rams were fifth in the league with 59 rushes of more than 10 yards, 39 of which were by Todd Gurley – tops in the NFL.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Look: Comparing Jared Goff’s passing charts from 2016 and 2017 | Rams Wire
Jared Goff won’t win NFL MVP this year. He won’t even win Comeback Player of the Year. In fact, he wasn’t even the most improved player on his own team; Todd Gurley was.
Despite those facts, Goff’s improvement and development from 2016 to 2017 was absolutely stunning to watch. He went from arguably the NFL’s worst quarterback as a rookie to one of the most consistent signal-callers in the league this past season.
football  rams  goff  statistics  comparo 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Gun waiting periods prevent hundreds of homicides, according to 45-year study | Ars Technica
If all states adopted wait periods, we’d save around 1,000 more lives each year.
A few days to cool off and think things through may be enough to prevent hundreds of homicides each year, according to a new study in PNAS.
A study tracking handgun laws on wait periods over a 45-year period found that a delay in obtaining a firearm after purchase reduced gun homicides by 17 percent. That breaks down to about 36 homicides per year for the average state. As of 2014, such laws in 16 states and the District of Columbia prevented about 750 gun homicides per year. If all 50 states required a wait, around 910 more lives could be spared, the authors report.
“Waiting periods would therefore reduce gun violence without imposing any restrictions on who can own a gun,” according to the authors, led by Deepak Malhotra, a negotiation and conflict-resolution expert at Harvard Business School.
guns  statistics  politics  data  legal 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Jobs Report Is Overhyped. Here’s Why That’s A Problem. | FiveThirtyEight
It was shaping up to be another hot summer.
On Aug. 4, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released monthly hiring data for July. A pack of economists and journalists pounced, excited to spread the numbers across social media. Good news! The United States had added 209,000 jobs, an above-average result that exceeded the consensus prediction of Wall Street analysts.
“America’s economy has beaten expectations,” the Guardian reported. Stock markets jumped when trading opened an hour later; the Dow Jones industrial average climbed to a record high. President Trump was moved to open his Twitter account. “Excellent Jobs Numbers just released – and I have only just begun,” he said. “Many job stifling regulations continue to fall. Movement back to USA!”
Here’s the thing: The U.S. didn’t add 209,000 jobs in July. Not even close.
We’ve broken down the latest figures in the jobs report and explained the context you need to understand them. Explore our jobs report interactive »
One month after the announcement, the BLS revised its original estimate. The new number: 189,000 — decent, but unimpressive. And then in October, the BLS revised the July figure a third and final time: 138,000 — mediocre at best.
data  statistics  gov2.0  politics  economics  538  report  jobs 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Rams 2017 Season by the Numbers
The Rams 2017 season may have come to a close, but the team left fans plenty to look forward to in the new year. But before moving on to the 2018 season entirely, it’s time to look back on the year that was.
Check below for the Rams 2017 campaign by the numbers:
1 playoff berth. Saturday’s Wild Card contest against the Falcons was the franchise’s first postseason game since 2004. It also marked the Coliseum’s first playoff game in nearly 25 years.  
3 defensive touchdowns — one pick six each by cornerback Trumaine Johnson, middle linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Lamarcus Joyner.
8 touchdown passes caught by wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the most for any Rams receiver. 
11.0 sacks for Aaron Donald, tying a career-high.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: iPhone Models Dominate Flickr’s List of Most Popular Cameras in 2017
Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch:
This year, iPhone has scored the majority (54%) of usage on Flickr’s site, up from 47 percent of the top 100 in 2016, and 42 percent the year prior. The iPhone also passed Nikon to score the spot as the second-most popular camera back in 2014.
Nikon was the third most popular brand with 18 percent in 2017, and Canon was number two, responsible for 23 percent of the top 100 devices.
The iPhone is so popular as a camera that its share on Flickr now exceeds all Canon and Nikon cameras combined.
iphone  photography  flickr  daring_fireball  statistics 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Rams-Falcons: Pro Football Focus game notes show Rams strengths despite loss - Turf Show Times
Here’s the PFF perspective on the Rams Wild Card loss
Here are Pro Football Focus’ notes on the Los Angeles 26-13 Rams Wild Card loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Their Rams-specific Twitter account (@PFF_LARams) is the best place to find PFF intel on current Rams.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Several Rams etch their names in history books despite playoff loss | Rams Wire
Saturday night’s game against the Falcons didn’t go according to plan. Being six-point favorites, the Rams were supposed to get past Atlanta and set up a date with the Vikings in the Divisional Round.
The Falcons threw a wrench into that idea by dominating the Rams 26-13 at the Coliseum, ending Los Angeles’ playoff run before it could even get off the ground. As disappointing as it was, though, a few players managed to etch their names in the history books with standout performances.
football  rams  gurley  goff  hekker  statistics 
january 2018 by rgl7194
2017 PFF NFL All-Pro Team | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
OFFENSE
Running back – Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
PFF Grade: 92.0
Elite Stat: Among running backs with at 200-plus snaps in route in 2017, Gurley finished with the third-highest yards per route run at 2.15.
No player benefited from the new regime at the Rams and the new offensive scheme than Todd Gurley. As much of the story for most of the season was how big a step forward Jared Goff had taken from his rookie year, Gurley was the player whose career was rescued from the flames, and he ended the season with the best overall PFF grade at the position, thanks in large part to how devastating he was as a receiving weapon out of the backfield. Gurley gained more than two yards per route run this season, more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and only missed out on the rushing title because the Rams rested him in Week 17 with nothing to play for. Not only is he our selection for All-Pro at running back, but he has a good case for Comeback Player of the Year as well, such was his turnaround.
DEFENSE
Defensive interior – Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
2017 NFL All-Pro - DI Aaron Donald
PFF Grade: 98.4
Elite Stat: Donald led all interior defenders in 2017, recording 91 QB pressures on 483 pass-rush snaps, despite missing two games.
Aaron Donald isn’t just the best interior player in football, but he has a very good case to make as being the best player in the National Football League, period. Donald led the league with 91 total pressures, breaking the 90 barrier almost exclusively reserved for edge defenders. He did this despite being rested for the Week 17 encounter with the 49ers and only playing 14 games over the season. His pass-rushing ability is second to none, including the league’s best edge rushers, and he is a relentless force affecting the quarterback from his interior alignments. Donald has now posted three straight seasons with an overall PFF grade of 98.0 or higher, breaking the scale of what we thought was possible.
K/PR: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
2017 NFL All-Pro - KR Pharoh Cooper
The race to be our top returner of 2017 came down to the wire, with Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett almost stealing the crown with a huge Week 17 performance. In the end, though, Cooper earns the nod, averaging 27.4 yards per kick return and 12.5 yards per punt return.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
LA Rams QB Jared Goff a top 10 QB in NFL - Turf Show Times
Here’s where Jared Goff lands on B/R’s QB position rankings.
With the regular season officially finished, all the rankings and awards are going to start being handed out. With that being the case, Bleacher Report’s NFL1000 series kicks off with the QB position, ranking all the QB’s who played a sufficient amount of snaps in order, from worst to first.
QB scout Mark Schofield and lead scout Doug Farrar take a look at Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (as well as every other QB), and break down their grades according to: accuracy, arm, under pressure, decision-making, and positional value, creating a overall grade to go by.
Here’s how they graded Goff as their ninth-best QB in the entire NFL:
Accuracy: 20/25
Arm: 20/25
Under Pressure: 17/20
Decision-Making: 17/20
Position Value: 10/10
Overall Grade: 84/100
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff and Tom Brady Are The 2017 ANY/A And Value Leaders
Jared Goff was the single worst quarterback in the NFL last year. He was Ryan Leaf bad — and that’s no exaggeration. Goff averaged 2.82 ANY/A in 2016, but Goff averaged 7.72 ANY/A in 2017, meaning he just completed the biggest year-over-year increase in NFL history.
Goff actually led the NFL in ANY/A in 2017, a remarkable worst-to-first journey. That’s because, by the narrowest of margins, he eclipsed Drew Brees for the ANY/A lead. The league average was 5.91 ANY/A this year, So Goff is the rare winner who was less than 2.00 ANY/A above league average.
But because he had “only’ 502 dropbacks, Goff didn’t lead the league in Value Added over Average, which is simply ANY/A minus League Average ANY/A (5.91) multiplied by number of dropbacks. The leader there? The likely MVP, Tom Brady.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff was most efficient QB in 2017 - Turf Show Times
2017 was much, much kinder to the Rams signal-caller than 2016 was.
This is what we were discussing last January.
https://t.co/iQ1A8RyCds Ranks #Rams QB Jared Goff As Worst QB In NFL https://t.co/pyoTb8L5JC
— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) January 6, 2017
What a difference a year makes.
ICYMI: Jared Goff led the NFL in pass efficiency. Jared. Goff. https://t.co/85mhwPl0G9
— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) January 2, 2018
Now a lot of that credit has to go to Sean McVay and Les Snead. Snead for signing Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan, McVay for understanding Goff’s strengths and weaknesses and creating successful game plans for his QB.
But at the end of the day, Goff still has to execute, which he did marvelously throughout the regular season. Keeping in mind that he started 15 games in 2017 vs 7 in 2016, take a look at his improvement (2017 stats listed first).
TDs: 28 vs 5
INT percentage: 1.5 vs 3.4
Sacks: 25 vs 26
YPG: 253.6 vs 155.6
Rating: 100.5 vs 63.6
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january 2018 by rgl7194
8 crazy stats from the Rams’ remarkable 2017 season | Rams Wire
The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2004 after putting together an incredible season under Sean McVay. They won 11 games, led the league in scoring and have three very deserving award candidates in McVay, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald.
Rather than previewing their upcoming matchup with the Falcons, let’s take a look back on the season that was and put it into perspective, showing just how historic it really was.
Rams are first team in 52 years to go from worst to first in points
In the Super Bowl era, which began in 1966, no team had ever gone from 32nd to first in points scored from one year to the next. That was true until the 2017 Rams did exactly that, leading the league in scoring with 478 points.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
This stat shows Cooper Kupp was the third-most elusive WR in the NFL | Rams Wire
Much has been made about the season Cooper Kupp put together as a rookie in 2017, and rightfully so. He led all rookie wideouts with 62 catches and was second among all rookies with 869 yards receiving, bringing in five touchdown receptions.
He’s not viewed as a big-play weapon because he isn’t a speedster, but Kupp’s one of the most elusive receivers in the NFL, believe it or not. According to Pro Football Focus, only two receivers forced more missed tackles this season than Kupp did.
The WRs who forced the most missed tackles this season pic.twitter.com/otpkUVN4w3
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 1, 2018
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff better inside the pocket in 2017 than even Brees and Brady | Rams Wire
As the regular season winds down, the Rams aren’t just primed to make a run at Super Bowl LII, they’re looking like they could be NFC powerhouses for years to come — and a huge reason is because they possess two of the most important offensive players in the NFL right now.
The only thing that has kept Jared Goff out of the MVP conversation with Tom Brady and Carson Wentz (pre-injury) is his own teammate, Todd Gurley. The two of them have been so good in tandem that it’s almost hard to distinguish Goff’s success individually. Goff hasn’t thrown as many touchdowns as Wentz because he hasn’t had to.
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december 2017 by rgl7194
Seager‘s sub-24 run is among best ever at shortstop
In just two seasons and change, 23-year-old Corey Seager has had one of the greatest runs by a young shortstop in baseball history.
Only nine shortstops in big league history, according to Baseball Reference, compiled a better WAR before their 24th birthday than Seager’s 13.5.
dodgers  baseball  comparo  statistics  seager 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter: "2️⃣5️⃣ 3️⃣8️⃣ 2️⃣5️⃣ (and counting) Kyle Kuzma is the first rookie Laker with three straight 25-point games since Jerry West 56 years ago."
2️⃣5️⃣
3️⃣8️⃣
2️⃣5️⃣ (and counting)
Kyle Kuzma is the first rookie Laker with three straight 25-point games since Jerry West 56 years ago.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2017
lakers  basketball  statistics  kuzma  twitter 
december 2017 by rgl7194
50% of All Flickr Photos Are Shot with Smartphones Now -- Mostly iPhones
The rise of smartphone photography just hit another milestone: for the first time in Flickr’s history, half of all photos being uploaded to the photo-sharing service were shot with a smartphone in 2017.
In addition to revealing the most popular photos of 2017, Flickr today also shared its annual review of camera trends across its platform.
Here’s the breakdown of what cameras photographers are using for the photos being uploaded to Flickr...
flickr  photography  statistics  smartphone  iphone 
december 2017 by rgl7194
11 for 11: 2017 Los Angeles Rams by the numbers - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams are really good. This much is no longer debatable. They're 8-3 with a plus-123 point differential that stands as the second-highest mark in the NFL. They're ranked third on ESPN's Power Rankings despite ranking 27th when the season began. Their Super Bowl odds are 14-to-1 after opening at 100-to-1. Can we just hand Sean McVay the Coach of the Year trophy already? (Do they get a trophy?)
The Rams, who have already clinched their first non-losing season since 2006, have scored the second-most points and allowed the seventh-fewest. Defense-adjusted Value Over Average -- or DVOA, a Football Outsiders metric that measures a team's success on a given play versus what would have been expected given several factors -- has them ranked sixth on offense, fifth on defense and second on special teams.
football  rams  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Jansen’s ‘17 one of the best by a closer in the last 25 years
The 2017 season was so hectic, it might have been lost how special Kenley Jansen’s season was.
There’s no denying Jansen was recognized for what he did this past season. Before Game 4 of the World Series, he was awarded the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year.
But his season deserves a deeper dive, because it was one of the best by a Major League relief pitcher in the last 25 seasons.
Starting with the most well-known measure of a closer, Jansen converted on 41 of 42 save opportunities — a 97.6 percent conversion rate. That’s the 12th best of any closer over the last 25 years (minimum 20 saves). It’s eighth best when the minimum is elevated to 40 saves.
His 15.57 K/BB ratio is second to Evan Scribner’s 16.00, set in 2015 when Scribner was with Oakland.
baseball  dodgers  kenley  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Goff And The Rams Weren’t Supposed To Be This Good | FiveThirtyEight
The Los Angeles Rams had a 13 percent chance of making the playoffs at the start of the season and were projected to win just six games, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions. When they improved to 7-2 with a 33-7 demolition over the Houston Texans in Week 10, the Rams exceeded our projected win totals and now own a 71 percent chance of making the postseason. You can forgive our Elo algorithm for being so low on the Rams in the preseason — they did have the NFL’s worst offense last year1 and did finish on a seven-game losing streak as part of a 4-12 record. This season’s truly incredible transformation has taken place under the league’s youngest-ever head coach — Sean McVay, who was hired when he was 30 years old — and thus far, L.A. ranks among the best teams in the league (the same can’t be said about their fans though).
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november 2017 by rgl7194
Jared Goff leads the NFL in this category after ranking last in 2016 | Rams Wire
...Oh, and his numbers are drastically better. He actually leads the NFL in yards per attempt (8.49) after ranking dead last in that department as a rookie (5.31)...
football  rams  goff  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Kershaw: A decade of dominance – Dodger Insider
Three days before the start of the 2017 Major League season, I wanted to verify something. So, I contacted the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
My question was: When Clayton Kershaw throws his first pitch in 2017, is he officially eligible for Hall of Fame induction?
The answer was yes.
The 2017 season marked Kershaw’s 10th Major League season — making him eligible, if he retired today, to be enshrined.
Not only would he be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but he just completed arguably — though, it is hard to argue — the best pre-age 30 run by a pitcher in big league history.
Kershaw will turn 30 next March 19.
In the Live Ball Era (since 1920), Kershaw’s career numbers rank him first all-time in Major League history in the following categories for a pitcher under 30...
baseball  dodgers  kershaw  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
A Whole New Jared Goff… By The Numbers
Rams quarterback Jared Goff’s improvement from his first year in the league to his second season has been quite remarkable. He’s 21st in pass attempts with 244, yet he ranks 10th in passing yards with 2,030, almost double what he had in his seven starts in 2016. He and the Rams offense are averaging almost 19 more points per game than they were in 2016, which would be the largest increase since 1970. The team they are currently ahead of on that list is none other than the 1999 “Greatest Show on Turf” St. Louis Rams, who averaged 15.1 more points than the prior year’s Rams team. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only one team in NFL history has ever led the league in scoring the year after finishing last: the 1965 49ers. The Rams currently hold that lead at 32.9 with the Eagles behind them at 31.4. Here are some of the numbers that show how different Goff’s 2017 season really is.
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november 2017 by rgl7194
Mind-boggling stats: 2017 Los Angeles Rams | NFL.com
The Los Angeles Rams have completely turned their game around since the 2016 NFL Season. Take a look at some of the mind-boggling stats that define the midseason 2017 Los Angeles Rams.
1. Marginal improvement
The Rams have scored 30+ points in 5 games this season. In their previous 3 seasons combined (2014-16), the Rams scored 30+ points 5 times.
2. League leaders
The Rams have gone from the NFL's worst scoring offense (14.0 PPG in 2016) to the NFL's best scoring offense (32.9 PPG in 2017). They are on pace to become the first team in NFL history to jump from the worst scoring offense to the best scoring offense in the span of one season.
3. 8 games, 263 points
The Rams have scored 263 points in 8 games this season. The Rams scored 224 points in their entire 2016 season.
4. Yearly dividends
The Rams scored more points in their lone November game of 2017 (51) than they did in the entire month of November last season, across 4 games (50).
5. Warner-esque
Only one player in Rams history with at least 8 starts has had a higher passer rating in a season than Jared Goff's 97.9 mark in 2017 – Kurt Warner, who did so 3 times for the Rams (109.2 in 1999, 101.4 in 2001, 98.3 in 2000).
6. Among legends
Todd Gurley is the fourth Rams player in the Super Bowl era to gain 1,000+ scrimmage yards in the team's first 8 games of a season, joining Eric Dickerson (3 times), Marshall Faulk (3 times), and Steven Jackson.
7. Super Bowl season?
The last time the Rams were 6-2 or better after 8 games was 2001, when they went to Super Bowl XXXVI (lost to Patriots 20-17).
football  rams  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
2017 Dodgers review: Kenley Jansen - True Blue LA
The Dodgers brought closer Kenley Jansen back on the richest contract the team has ever given to a relief pitcher, and he had his best season to date in 2017.
What went right
Jansen topped his incredible 2016 by having a slightly higher strikeout rate in 2017, and got even more stingy with the walks. He only walked seven on the year to go with 109 strikeouts, and started the season with a major league record 51 strikeouts before his first walk, which came on June 25, to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Even if you exclude Jansen’s first 51 strikeouts, the remainder of his season — 58 strikeouts and seven walks — would have produced the ninth-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.29) in baseball.
Among major league relief pitchers with at least 40 innings in 2017, Jansen was the best in ERA, FIP, FanGraphs WAR (3.5) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (15.57), was second in xFIP (1.82), SIERA (1.48), strikeout rate (42.6%), walk rate (2.7%), and K-BB rate (39.5%), ranked fifth in Baseball-Reference WAR (2.9) and was sixth with a .476 opponents OPS (a 29 OPS+).
baseball  dodgers  kenley  review  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
This Jared Goff third and fourth-down conversion stat is very exciting | Rams Wire
There is no such thing as a bad comparison to Tom Brady. Whether it’s his football statistics, his physical appearance or his endorsement deals, if you’re an NFL quarterback, you want what Brady’s got. And while all stats were not created equal, the one that Jared Goff shares with Brady and Carson Wentz this season is impressive.
Per Pro Football Focus, Brady and the first and second overall picks in the 2016 NFL draft are the only three quarterbacks in the league who have a late down conversion rate above 50 percent.
There are three QBs with a conversion rate of at least 50% on third and fourth down this year:
Carson Wentz
Tom Brady
Jared Goff
pic.twitter.com/Rul7hQ9NcP
— Billy Moy (@PFF_Billy) November 7, 2017
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november 2017 by rgl7194
8 stats that prove the Rams have the best special teams in the NFL | Rams Wire
When you lead the league in points per game, have a 6-2 record and a running back that’s contending for MVP, it’s easy for the offense to garner most of the attention. That’s been the case for the Rams, but the defense and special teams have been solid, as well.
In fact, L.A.’s special teams unit has been the best in the NFL, and it seems like no one’s talking about it. With Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker and Pharoh Cooper leading the way, the Rams’ special teams is atop the league in several departments.
Here are eight stats to prove just how good John Fassel’s unit has been.
football  rams  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Kenley Jansen Is The Model Of A Modern Reliever | FiveThirtyEight
After a year of searching, we didn’t our find our new Goose Gossage. But we did get a glimpse of what one might look like in baseball’s just-concluded postseason.
This spring, we introduced a new pitching statistic called the goose egg — named in honor of Gossage, the Hall-of-Fame reliever, who had a record 82 goose eggs in 1975. Essentially, a pitcher gets a goose egg for every clutch, scoreless relief inning (see the original article for a more formal definition). Goose eggs have a substantially better correlation with relievers’ win probability added than saves do, especially if paired with their companion statistic, the broken egg.
dodgers  baseball  kenley  538  statistics 
november 2017 by rgl7194
7 eye-popping stats from the Rams’ 51-17 win over the Giants | Rams Wire
Everything went Los Angeles’ way on Sunday against the Giants as the Rams blew Ben McAdoo’s team out of its own stadium, 51-17. The offense played its best game of the season, connecting on six plays of 35 yards, while the defense shut down Eli Manning and New York’s receiving corps.
There were too many big plays to highlight, so we’ll take a look at a handful of staggering stats that came out of Sunday’s win.
football  rams  statistics  goff  watkins 
november 2017 by rgl7194
2017 Dodgers review: Cody Bellinger - True Blue LA
With the offseason upon us, it is time once again to look back on the season, reviewing each player one by one, at least daily from now until the end of the calendar year. We start with the presumptive National League Rookie of the Year winner in Cody Bellinger at first base.
What went right
Bellinger got his first call to the majors on April 25, debuting in San Francisco after just three weeks in Triple-A. He started hitting in that first week and rarely stopped the rest of the way.
“Honestly, I thought I was going to be a September call-up, maybe mid to end season,” Bellinger said. I had no expectations to get called up at the time I did. But when Triple-A season started, I wanted to do everything I could to have the front office trust me if they were to call me up.”
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november 2017 by rgl7194
Dodgers postseason review: 1 win short - True Blue LA
The Dodgers ultimately fell one win shy of their ultimate goal, but still put together their best October run in decades. Here is a look back at their three rounds of the postseason against the Diamondbacks, Cubs and Astros.
Batter of the postseason
Justin Turner set a franchise record with 14 RBI in a single postseason, and hit .286/.420/.536 with four home runs, including the second walk-off home run in Dodgers postseason history. That batting line is even more impressive considering Turner was just 4-for-25 in the World Series, as the bulk of the Dodgers lineup went ice cold in the Fall Classic.
Honorable mention goes to Kiké Hernandez and his three home runs in the NLCS clincher at Wrigley Field, to Charlie Culberson who filled in admirably at shortstop and hit .500, and to Joc Pederson, who found his swing to the tune of three home runs and five extra-base hits in the World Series.
baseball  dodgers  world_series  statistics  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
How the Dodgers turned Yu Darvish into a better version of himself
HOUSTON -- Dave Roberts calls him the sane one.
Over the course of the postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers' skipper has joked a couple of times about the relative "crazy" factor in his starting rotation:
• Rich Hill, a consummate gentleman off the field, is insanely competitive on it, even throwing tantrums when he strikes out at the plate even though he's not a good hitter and no one expects him to be.
• Clayton Kershaw is known for his hyper-intense work ethic, an off-center trait that causes him to do things like warm up in 100-plus degree heat in a fairly heavy jacket, as he did at Dodger Stadium before his first-ever World Series start.
• Alex Wood, well, it's not quite clear what's off about him, but Roberts says he's "sneaky crazy."
As for Yu Darvish, L.A.'s starter in Friday's pivotal Game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Roberts said he's the most normal of the bunch. The closest thing the Dodgers' rotation has to a vanilla guy. It's easy to see why he thinks so.
When asked about his even keel, Darvish simply said, "It's just who I am. [It's] my character."
dodgers  baseball  darvish  statistics 
october 2017 by rgl7194
The Dodgers Dominated Like Few Pennant Winners In Recent History | FiveThirtyEight
When the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the World Series next week against either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, they’ll be in the midst of one of the hottest playoff runs by a league champion in recent memory. They smoked the Arizona Diamondbacks and the defending-champion Chicago Cubs by a combined 48-19 margin, giving them the third-best run differential in the division and championship series1 of any pennant winner since MLB expanded its playoff structure in 1995...
baseball  dodgers  world_series  538  statistics 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Apple Pay now in 20 markets, nabs 90% of all mobile contactless transactions where active | TechCrunch
While we are going to have to wait a little longer for Apple to launch payments in iMessage, this weekend, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s VP of Apple Pay, announced a series of other milestones for the digital wallet and payments service that competes against the likes of Android Pay from Google (which today announced its own expansions), Samsung Pay, and others efforts from retailers and banks.
The advances point to how Apple wants to steal a march when it comes to using phones as a proxy for a card or cash, and there is some anecdotal evidence that it’s working: merchants and others who have partnered with Apple say that Apple Pay is accounting for 90 percent of all mobile contactless transactions globally in markets where it’s available.
“Apple Pay is the future of everyday spend,” said Bailey on stage at the Money 20/20 conference that kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday.
apple_pay  statistics 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple Pay Accounts for 90 Percent of All Mobile Contactless Transactions Where Active
Ingrid Lunden, reporting for TechCrunch:
The advances point to how Apple wants to steal a march when it comes to using phones as a proxy for a card or cash, and there is some anecdotal evidence that it’s working: merchants and others who have partnered with Apple say that Apple Pay is accounting for 90 percent of all mobile contactless transactions globally in markets where it’s available.
“Apple Pay is the future of everyday spend,” said Bailey on stage at the Money 20/20 conference that kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday.
90 percent market share for all mobile payments is rather remarkable for the platform with second-place market share overall.
apple_pay  statistics  daring_fireball 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Aaron Donald had as many QB pressures as two teams combined Sunday | Rams Wire
Aaron Donald may have missed all of training camp and the first game of the season, but he hasn’t missed a beat since returning to the Rams’ lineup. Not only does he lead all interior defenders in quarterback pressures, but he’s generating more heat than several teams across the NFL.
On Sunday alone, Donald pressured the quarterback a whopping 10 times – the second week in a row he’s reached that number. Mike Cahill of Pro Football Focus pointed out that Donald had as many pressures as the Chargers and Chiefs combined on Sunday, which is eye-popping.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
2017 NLCS: Dodgers bullpen is dominating the Cubs - True Blue LA
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers bullpen has been a formidable weapon this postseason, ready and rested to be deployed in an aggressive fashion in October after a season of planning.
So far in the National League Championship Series, Dodgers relief pitchers have retired 24 of 25 batters faced, striking out nine. The only batter to reach base against the Dodgers bullpen was Anthony Rizzo, who was hit by a pitch by Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning of Game 2.
Last year in the NLCS, Dodgers relief pitchers had a 4.76 ERA and allowed four home runs. They lost in six games.
So far this postseason, opposing batters are 8-for-65 against the Dodgers bullpen, with one home run, one double, one walk, one hit by pitch, and 19 strikeouts, hitting just .123/.149/.185. Dodgers relievers have a collective 1.37 ERA this postseason, after posting a 3.99 ERA in the previous four Octobers combined.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
Breaking down the Dodgers’ 2017 season in thirds - True Blue LA
Now that the 2017 regular season is complete, we continue our annual tradition of looking at the Dodgers’ season in thirds, a look at the production in three increments of 54 games each.
First, on the team level, here is how the team performed this season:
Dodgers 2017 season in thirds
2017 W-L Runs for Runs allowed BA/OBP/SLG ERA
First 54 games 33-21 271 (5.02/gm) 185 (3.43/gm) .258/.340/.425 3.20
Second 54 games 43-11 277 (5.13/gm) 176 (3.26/gm) .260/.347/.476 3.02
Third 54 games 28-26 222 (4.11/gm) 219 (4.06/gm) .229/.317/.405 3.93
In case you missed the earlier increments, here was the first 54 games, then the second 54 games. Man, 43-11 still looks ridiculous.
Here are the individual players, roughly organized by position groups. Among other things, marvel at the consistency of Kenley Jansen.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
This stat shows how unprecedented the Rams’ resurgence has been | Rams Wire
Going from worst to first isn’t unusual. It happens almost every year in just about every sport with one team going from last to first in its division, shocking everyone.
The Rams won’t be able to do that this season after finishing third in the NFC West last year, but what they’ve accomplished in the first four weeks might be even more impressive. They’re the first NFL team since 1954 to lead the league in points through four games after scoring the fewest points the year before.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
The four aces of October -- Inside the dominance of Kershaw, Kluber, Sale and Scherzer
Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw By The Numbers
2017 CAREER
W-L 18-4 144-64
ERA 2.31 2.36
WHIP 0.95 1.00
SO 202 2,120
BB 30 507
OPS against .604 .568
WAR 4.6 56.9
Scouting Kershaw: Kershaw is the perfect blend of power and finesse, an ace who gets strikeouts without elite velocity if he needs to. His curveball has long been a devastating pitch, but he has been increasingly reliant on a slider that he honed over the years. It all works off Kershaw's 93-ish mph fastball, which doesn't always blow people away but is always just where he wants to throw it and moves just how he wants to move it. Kershaw has pinpoint command, changes arm angles and is always working on new secondary pitches. He is always prepared and out-thinks opposing batters. He is as complete as it gets. -- Bradford Doolittle
"He's the best pitcher in the game. He competes. He locates well. At times, all pitchers fall into patterns, but he knows how to execute a plan so well. His slider down and in, he locates it so well to righties. And of course, his curveball can get you anytime."
Kris Bryant on facing Clayton Kershaw
Defining Kershaw's greatness: Kershaw plays in an era more tilted against starting pitchers than any in baseball history. And yet, through 10 big league seasons, Kershaw is No. 52 all time in WAR. When you zero in on pitchers through their age-29 seasons, Kershaw jumps to No. 6, just behind Tom Seaver. When you add the protection he has received through his career as a 21st-century hurler and hopefully the longevity that should come with it -- not to mention his competitiveness and constant tweaking of his repertoire -- Kershaw could eventually chase down No. 1 Walter Johnson. I mean, wow. -- Doolittle
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october 2017 by rgl7194
Dodgers September review: Stumbling down the stretch - True Blue LA
The Dodgers over the first five months of the season built themselves quite a cushion, then spent most of September using nearly all of it. In a season full of extremes, the final month featured an 11-game losing streak, the longest for the team in 73 years.
Then they won eight of their last 10 games, with the final two wins ensuring the Dodgers wouldn’t have the worst September of any MLB playoff team ever. At 13-17 (.433), they finished tied for the 12th-worst final month for a playoff team.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
5 incredible stats from the Rams’ shocking 3-1 start | Rams Wire | Page 4
Jared Goff ranks in the top 10 in every major passing statistic
It’s only been four weeks, but Goff has looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He has 1,072 yards through the air with seven touchdowns and one interception, owning a passer rating of 112.2.
Here’s where he ranks in each passing category:
8th in completion percentage (66.7)
8th in yards (1,072)
2nd in yards per attempt (9.16)
5th in touchdown passes (7)
2nd in interceptions (1)
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october 2017 by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 26 review: Rich Hill, Yasiel Puig end regular season well - True Blue LA
LOS ANGELES — After sleepwalking through most of September, the Dodgers ended their regular season on a high note, winning eight of their last 10 games, including 5-1 in the final week to complete their best regular season in 64 years.
They wrapped up home field advantage through the National League playoffs with a win on Wednesday, then clinched home field advantage should they reach the World Series as well.
The Dodgers’ 104 wins were their most since winning 105 in Brooklyn in 1953.
“If you look back at the great Dodgers teams and teams in baseball history, we’re in an elite group,” manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s something we should be proud of.”
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october 2017 by rgl7194
Jared Goff has 3rd best passer rating through first 4 games in Rams history | Rams Wire
If there were any shred of doubt remaining that the resurgence of Todd Gurley and the ascendance of Jared Goff were legitimate, it is now officially put to rest. Gurley had the best game of his career on Sunday in the Rams Week 4 win against the Cowboys, and Jared Goff was the steady hand that the team needed.
In fact, the first quarter of Goff’s sophomore season is as good as any quarterback in the history of the franchise has ever had. And that includes the great Hall of Famer, Kurt Warner.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
Dodgers vs. Rockies recap: LA beats Colorado to finish with 105 wins - True Blue LA
The Dodgers closed out their season with an all-hands-on-deck, 6-3 win over the Rockies, finishing with 104 victories, the highest total in the majors in 13 years.
Those 104 wins also match the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers for the second-most wins in franchise history, one behind the 1953 squad. The last major league team to win at least 104 games was the 2004 Cardinals, with 105...
...Seager’s double in the first inning was the 308th of the season for the Dodgers, setting a new franchise mark for doubles in a season. They added four more, including two by Joc Pederson to snap a 4-for-60 (.067) slump over the last two months. Pederson finished with 20 doubles, giving the Dodgers a franchise record nine players with 20 or more doubles in 2017.
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october 2017 by rgl7194
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