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Elo Rater Fixed

Posted by Neil on December 13, 2012

Just a quick note that our MLB Elo Rater feature is functional once again. Some users had been reporting a little trouble with it recently, but it should be working now. Feel free to vote once again for the greatest players of all time (and be sure to read up on the way we turn votes into rankings). Enjoy!

UPDATE: We believe we have finally found the error and fixed Elo for good. Let us know in the comments or via email if you have any other problems with it.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Elo Rater, expire7d, Features

Automatic Player Linker and Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil on December 11, 2012

This is a reminder about Basketball-Reference's automatic linking tool, which makes it very easy for you to add links to a player's BBR page from your blog posts or news stories. The BBR Linker is a javascript bookmarklet that has a couple of interesting applications:

  1. If you are composing your posts in supported blogging or bulletin board software, clicking the bookmarklet will take the text you have typed and wrap every active player's name with a link to their BBR page. We are happy to add more options if the software you use is not currently supported; just let us know.
  2. If you are on a web page with player names in the text, select the text with your mouse and click the bookmarklet. After a few seconds, links to BBR pages for the player names that appear in the selected text will be automatically added.

Please see the linker page for full instructions and some areas to test the bookmarklet.

By itself this feature is pretty handy, but if you are a site owner you may want something in return for linking to Tim Duncan's or LaMarcus Aldridge's BBR page from your blog posts. We agree, so we have added a feature to return the link back to you.

Those stories are used to populate the "Player News" section just above the player's stats. If you are a blog owner or author, you can use our linker to automatically have your articles added to relevant player pages. If you tag your player names with links to our site — and we can find those links in your RSS feed — we will add a link to your article on the player's page. For example, this Hickory-High post is currently the first link in Derrick Rose's newsfeed.

Please read this description of the service for complete details, including the information that we need from you before you can start to see your content linked from the BBR player pages.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, Features, HowTo, Linker

Team Game Finder

Posted by Neil on December 10, 2012

The BBR Team Game Finder is a powerful Play Index tool. Here are some of the things you can do with it:

Single Game mode - Use this to get a list of specific games the meet certain criteria. Clicking the game date will take you to the game's box score.
Example: Biggest single-game scoring margin since 1985-86.

Cumulative Season Games mode - This adds up all the games (within the chosen criteria) for each team-season. Cumulative Season mode basically turns this tool into a "Team Season Finder".
Example: Fewest FG allowed in December games, 1985-86 to 2010-11.

Cumulative Multi-Season Games mode - This totals all the stats (meeting the specified criteria) across all years for each team. You can use it to build franchise leaderboards.
Example: Most points in home wins over the past five seasons.

Season Games mode - Use this to find teams that had the most total games matching a certain criteria in a single season.
Example: Which 1990s single-season team had the most games with 100+ points?

Total Games mode - Use this to find teams that had the most total games matching a certain criteria across multiple seasons.
Example: In the 2000s, which team has the most games where they allowed 85 or fewer points?

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, HowTo, Play Index

Add Your Blog Posts to PFR Player Pages

Posted by Neil on December 3, 2012

PFR Player Name Linker / Add your Site to our Player Newsfeeds

With the 2012 regular season drawing down to its final quarter, here's a reminder that we have newsfeeds on the PFR player pages, showing the latest player news from KFFL, injury reports and links to relevant PFR blog posts. If you have a blog or website with an RSS feed you can add your site to relevant player pages as well. Our Player Linker Tool will take your blog posts as you've written them and run them through a program and add links to PFR player pages where appropriate. So while you don't have the resource to create your own player pages for your site, you can treat us as your site's statistics partner, linking Eli Manning's name to our stats or any player all the way back to Y.A. Tittle and Otto Graham.

If the links then appear in your rss feed and you let us know to look for them, we'll pull them out of your feed and then link back to you from Eli's page, or Otto Graham's or whomever you link to.

If you help your users find our great content, we'll help our users find yours. And best of all it is all automated except for one click of an easy-to-install bookmarklet. Check the Player Newsfeeds page for details. This link share will also work for tables you share using the SHARE tooltip found above every stats table on the site.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Linker, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2013 Hall of Fame Features

Posted by Neil on November 28, 2012

A little while ago, the Baseball Hall of Fame released the names that will be on this year's BBWAA ballot. Apropos of that, here are the Hall of Fame features we currently have for your browsing pleasure:

Please enjoy these features in this, the craziest of all Hall of Fame years.

10 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Hall of Fame

BBR Player Comparison Finder

Posted by Neil on November 16, 2012

In light of yesterday's post about a cool trick for comparing player stats side-by-side at Baseball-Reference, here's the same feature (more streamlined, in fact) at Basketball-Reference -- the Play Index Player Comparison Finder:

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan, Age 34 Seasons

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, History

Automatic Player Linker Tutorial (Video)

Posted by Neil on November 9, 2012

Here's an updated video to describe the Sports-Reference Automatic Player Linker tools, which are now available for college football & basketball and hockey:

Also, here's the old tutorial video:

As always, if you want to be included in the program, just email me with the following information:

  • the name of your site to appear in the feed (at most 25 characters)
  • the url for your rss feed (must be a full feed)
  • a contact e-mail address
  • the url of an example page with our links in place

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, Linker, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Search Our Stats Using the Play Index

Posted by Neil on November 8, 2012

We're a week and a half into the 2013 season, and it's time for a reminder to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1985-86) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

Also, take a look at the Play Index Plus for even more data-searching goodness. The PI+ lets you sift through the play-by-play data of every game since 2001, making it possible to look for specific events, lineup data, and shooting stats (including clutch shots and shot breakdowns by distance).

Best of all, these features are 100% free to use! So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Play Index

Elo School Rater

Posted by Neil on November 7, 2012

Who has the greatest college football program ever? Check out the Elo School Rater to see how our users voted, and cast a few votes yourself!

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features

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