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Enhancement to Pro Football Reference Player Game Logs

20th October 2016

We've added a new feature to our player game logs. As you may (or may not) know, when you're looking at a player's game logs, you can click on any two rows in order to sum the statistics for all games in that span. For instance, here's the summed statistics for Ezekiel Elliott's last four games. If you've used this feature before, you'll now notice that an additional row has been added to the summary, featuring per 16-game stats. So you can now easily see that Elliott's last four games have been played at a pace for 2,272 yards over the course of a full season. Alternatively, you can sum his first six games and see that he's on pace for 1,872 rushing yards this season when considering all games.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Links to Added to Basketball Reference Player Pages

20th October 2016

At Sports Reference, we pride ourselves on having user-friendly search and navigation. We've heard a lot of frustration from users unable to find what they're looking for in recent weeks. To that end, we've added links to pages on our player pages. So you can now easily navigate to pages with features we're unable to provide, such as SportVU tracking stats for LeBron James, directly from Basketball Reference. These links now appear between our player Per Game stats tables and the player newsfeeds.


We hope this new addition makes for easier browsing of a wide range of basketball statistics.

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2016-17 NBA Player Projections Added to Basketball Reference

18th October 2016

We have added 2016-17 NBA player projections, using our Simple Projection System, adapted from Tom Tango's Marcel the Monkey Forecasting System.

Please bear in mind that these projections are being published because (1) they were easy and (2) they were fun. That said, we do believe these results will hold up quite well when compared at the end of the season to other (and much more sophisticated) projection systems.

Since we're not controlling substitution patterns, all projections are for per-36 minutes statistics. Please use these responsibly and enjoy!

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Games After Byes Added to Play Index Search

4th October 2016

We recently made a cool addition the Team Game Finder in the Pro Football Reference Play Index. You can now customize your game searches to isolate (or exclude) games played immediately after bye weeks.

Since the bye week was instituted in 1990, the Eagles and Broncos have the NFL's best records coming out of the bye (21-6 each). They've had 27 games in 26 seasons with a bye because in 1993, every team had two bye weeks. The link also shows that, since 1990, teams coming off their bye week have a 429-394-3 record, which is over .500, but perhaps not as strong as you might expect. Home records in general seem to be nearly identical to home records for teams coming off of byes, but the bye week really seems to help road teams. Through 2016 Week 4, road teams have a .421 win percentage since 1990. However, over that same span, road teams coming off of their bye week have a .461 win percentage.

You can add the "bye week" criteria to your searches by utilizing the "miscellaneous criteria" section of the search form.

We hope you enjoy this addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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Career Game Number Search Added to Pro Football Reference Play Index

21st September 2016

We wanted to briefly share an enhancement made to the Pro Football Reference Play Index. We have added a "Career Game Number" field to the search form for the Player Game Finder. This new search field allows users to customize their searches for certain periods of a player's career. Please note that this tool can be used back to the 1970 NFL-AFL Merger, but can't be used for 1960-69, even though those seasons are covered by other Player Game Finder tools. Here are a few examples of how this new feature can be used:

We hope you enjoy this addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.

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Player Comparison Finder Added to Hockey Reference

20th September 2016

If you're an avid user of Pro Football Reference or Basketball Reference, you might be familiar with the Player Comparison tool in the Play Index. We're happy to announce that this popular tool has now been added to the Hockey Reference Play Index, as well.

With the Player Comparison Finder, you can choose anywhere from 2-6 players and compare single seasons, a selection of seasons, or their entire careers.

For instance, you can easily compare the rookie seasons of Alex Ovechkin and Mario Lemieux. Or you can compare their age-20 seasons. You can also compare spans of seasons. For instance, here's Wayne Gretzky's 1st 5 NHL seasons vs Lemieux's 1st 5 seasons.

You can also choose to compare entire careers. And, remember, you can select up to 6 players at a time:

Regular Season Comparison Table
Scoring Goals Per Game Point Shares
Mike Bossy* 752 573 553 1126 381 210 384 181 8 82 0.76 0.74 1.50 93.1 17.8 110.9
Wayne Gretzky* 1567 917 2042 2959 505 611 633 210 74 94 0.59 1.30 1.89 231.5 27.8 259.3
Gordie Howe* 1767 801 1049 1850 87 1685 172 78 11 27 0.45 0.59 1.05 186.6 30.5 217.1
Mario Lemieux* 915 690 1033 1723 115 834 405 236 49 74 0.75 1.13 1.88 152.4 15.5 167.9
Eric Lindros* 760 372 493 865 215 1398 254 111 7 46 0.49 0.65 1.14 81.7 20.0 101.6
Mark Messier* 1756 694 1193 1887 210 1910 452 179 63 92 0.40 0.68 1.07 135.6 24.8 160.5
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Generated 9/20/2016.

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NFL Combine Results Added to Pro Football Reference

26th February 2016

We're happy to announce that we've added NFL Combine results since 2000 to Pro Football Reference. Tables showing results for each season are available in our NFL Draft section, but we're most proud of the new Play Index tool we've created with this data. Our new NFL Combine Results Finder allows users to run customized queries through combine results since 2000. For instance, you can run searches like:

The above is a small sampling of what is possible. You can also slice, dice and sort by spans of years, heights, weights, positions, team drafted by, college and whether or not the player appeared in the NFL.

2016 NFL Combine Results will be added once the combine is over.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

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NFL Cap Hits Added to Pro Football Reference

22nd February 2016

One of the most common terms searched for on Pro Football Reference is "salary." Since we believe in giving the people want they want, we've gone ahead and added some of this data. We've created a page showing 2015 cap hits, and have also added cap hits to the 2015 team roster pages. We do not quite have full coverage. 1,979 players played in an NFL game in 2015. We have cap hits for 1,777, which is just shy of 90% coverage. We will update with 2016 cap figures as they become available.

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Try Our New Passer Rating Calculator

18th February 2016

We have added an NFL Passer Rating Calculator to our frivolities page which will allow users to calculate NFL passer ratings on the fly. All you need to know to calculate a passer rating are attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and interceptions. A "perfect" rating comes out to 158.3.

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Search by Year and Team Name

17th February 2016

We'd like to briefly announce a cool search enhancement we've added to Pro-Football-Reference for users who quickly want to access season info and stats for an old team. For instance, say you want info on the 1985 Bears. You used to have to go the Bears franchise encyclopedia and select 1985. Now you can just type "1985 Bears" into the search box and go directly to their page. Go ahead and give it a shot. We'll wait. It will work for any valid combination of year and team nickname. We hope you enjoy this new feature and please let us know if you encounter any issues.

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