26th May 2017
When we launched our new site three months ago, one of the casualties was the neutralized stats tables we printed on player pages. Those tables were originally built using code that had grown increasingly unwieldy and were not something we'd be able to adequately maintain moving forward. That said, we're happy to announce that we have rebuilt these tables and added new features, as well.
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27th April 2017
With the NFL Draft kicking off Thursday night, now might be a good time to point out all the draft resources we have available at Pro Football Reference. You can check out:
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9th March 2017
We added support for the Make Tiny Url in the play index. Previously, you would not be able to fully share those reports, but this has been fixed and works easy as pie. Just create your report and click on the "Make Tiny Url" and share the url.
An added perk of this is that this could be used to re-run reports daily. Just bookmark the link and re-use it.
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25th January 2017
As we work our way back in adding seasons of college basketball data, we're happy to announce that player and team statistics for the 1992-93 season are now live on our college basketball site. This gives the site a full 25 seasons of player and team stats.
The 1992-93 college basketball season, the final season of the 45-second shot clock, featured North Carolina defeating Michigan in the National Championship Game.
With the new data, you can access things like 1992-93 player leaders and sortable school stats.
The Player Season Finder is now searchable back to 1992-93, as well. 1992-93 was Jason Kidd's freshman season at Cal and you can see that UCLA's Lonzo Ball is currently on pace to surpass him for most APG by a Pac-10/12 freshman since 1992-93.
1992-93 was Billy McCaffrey's first season at Vanderbilt, after transferring from Duke. It is also the best shooting season by a high-scoring guard in our database (68.6 TS%).
Another thing to mention is that our leaderboards now go back to 1992-93, as well. Warren Kidd's 1992-93 rebounds per game, are now the single season leader (back to 1992-93).
We hope you enjoy this new addition and keep an eye out for more seasons added in the future.
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15th December 2016
I'd estimate that around 99% of the time, when someone comes to a Sports Reference site, they go to a player or team page and then log off. More advanced users may find their way to the frivolities pages, experiment with features like the Oracle of Baseball, or just spend several hours following link chains to various players and games.
But, just like Westworld, there's another level to our websites, one that relatively few people know how to navigate. It's called the Play Index and, in all sincerity, figuring out how to use it will change your life as a sports fan. If you've ever wondered how people find tidbits like "Mike Trout has the most WAR of any hitter through age-24" or "Dennis Rodman had seven 0-point, 20-rebound games in his career", the answer is usually that they've used the Play Index.
While the Play Index is easy to use if you know your way around, it can seem daunting to a newcomer. We often get messages from people who are eager to learn how to use the Play Index, but don't quite know where to start. So, with that in mind, we're starting a new video series called Play Index 101! Read the rest of this entry
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2nd November 2016
With tonight's World Series Game 7, we thought we'd post quick links to Play Index searches showing every championship round Game 7 in MLB, NBA and NHL history. The lists are searches for home teams in Game 7s, sorted by date. If you click the date, you can see the box score for the game (when available). Enjoy!
World Series Game 7s (please note that this list is Winner Take All games, rather than Game 7s due to some World Series being longer than 7 games or having 7th games that weren't decisive in the early years)
NBA Finals Game 7s
Stanley Cup Final Game 7s
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31st October 2016
You may have noticed that we recently expanded much of our player game logs coverage back to 1950. Previously, this data only went back to 1960 on our site. Below is a complete breakdown of the added material:
- Passing statistics (pass attempts, completions, yards, pass touchdowns and interceptions) are complete for all players from 1950-59
- Rushing/Receiving statistics (rush attempts, rush yards, rush TD, receptions, receiving yards, receiving TD) are 95% complete from 1953-59. 25 games over these seven seasons are missing some data (though all HOFers and All-Pros are complete). From 1950-52, this data is 100% complete for HOFers/All-Pros and for the Packers, 49ers, Lions, Rams and Browns. The Bears, Giants, Eagles, Steelers, Redskins and Cardinals are 90% complete. The Colts, Yanks and Texans are 75% complete.
That fine print is not particularly exciting to read, so below I'll highlight just some of the cool data this now adds to our site:
In addition to the play index searches, you can also view the fleshed out box scores of the games of from the 1950s.
We hope you enjoy this addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
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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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23rd September 2016
We're continuing to add features to our newly redesigned sites, and we have a very exciting one to share with you today, especially for those of you who have your own website.
Previously, we've had tools that give you the option to embed tables like standings and leaderboards on your website. That option is still around, but we've improved on it. If you hover over "Share & More", the second option you'll see is "Embed This Table." Read the rest of this entry
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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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