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Passing, Rushing, and Receiving Stats Back to 1977

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 5, 2013

Today I'm happy to announce a major addition to College Football at Sports-Reference.com. We now have passing, rushing, and receiving stats for all FBS (nee Division I-A) schools dating back to the 1977 season, and for schools from prominent conferences (ACC, Big 8/Big 7, Big Ten, Pac-12/Pac-10/Pac-8/AAWU/PCC, SEC, and SWC) we have passing, rushing, and receiving stats dating back to the 1956 season.

For more information about our data coverage, please see this summary. And if you have any questions or comments regarding these changes, please let us know.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Approximate Value and Hall of Fame Standards

Posted by Neil on February 28, 2013

PFR user Oscar asked today about whether we had a football version of Baseball-Reference's Hall of Fame standards using Weighted Career Approximate Value. To that end, I analyzed weighted career AV data on retired players who started their careers in 1950 or later. Here was a breakdown of all Hall of Famers in that group:

Maximum 159
90th percentile 130
75th percentile 114
Average 101
Median 101
25th percentile 88
10th percentile 73
Minimum (non-kickers) 31
Minimum 0

Using a regression formula, we can also say what your odds of making the Hall are at any given Weighted Career AV threshold:

Wgtd Career AV p(HoF)
160 100%
140 98%
130 94%
125 91%
120 85%
115 78%
110 69%
105 57%
100 45%
95 33%
90 23%
85 16%
80 10%
75 7%
70 4%
60 2%
50 1%
45 0%

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Stat Questions

PFR Uniform Number Finder

Posted by Neil on February 25, 2013

Here's a neat tool that lets you find every player in NFL history (since 1950) to wear a certain number... It can even allow you search by team.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Brief Downtime (for new db server) Monday, Feb 18, 2:30 PM ET

Posted by admin on February 18, 2013

We are spinning up a new database server (transitioning from unitas => rice (Jerry)) and will have what I expect to be a minute or so of downtime as we make the switch. I expect to flip the switch at 2:30 pm.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, expire1d, Hockey-Reference.com, Olympics at S-R, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Future Schedules up for 2013 (and beyond)

Posted by Mike on February 5, 2013

Using the NFL's scheduling formula combined with the final records of everyone from 2012, it's possible to determine who will be playing who in 2013 -- and more. Follow the "Schedules" links from your team's franchise page and we'll list at least fourteen games of the season for the next four years, and all 16 for the upcoming season (including last year's won-loss and total opponent winning percentage). Unfortunately, the "when" for these games will have to wait until the NFL officially releases its schedule in April, but hopefully this can tide you over till then.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Super Bowl Option Added to Player Game Finder

Posted by Neil on February 4, 2013

Two quick notes:

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Play Index, Playoffs, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Super Bowl, Trivia

Super Bowl Squares App (UPDATE)

Posted by Neil on February 1, 2013

Earlier this week, we posted about out Super Bowl Squares app, which will calculate the squares that give you the best odds of winning if you're in a contest on Sunday. Since then, we had a problem with the app in the Android marketplace, but you can go here for a free online version of the app; we also still offer the app in the iTunes Store.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Super Bowl

PFR’s Super Bowl Section

Posted by Neil on January 31, 2013

If you haven't seen the Super Bowl Section of our site yet, you should head over and check it out right now, because I'm sure you're going to refer to it often in the next few days. Here are some of the features you'll find once you get there:

And, in my opinion, maybe coolest of all is the Super Bowl Play Finder tool. It's similar to the Play Index Touchdown Finder Tool, but instead of being limited to just TDs, it can actually search through every play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history to find events matching your criteria. Want to know the longest non-scoring plays in the first 10 Super Bowls? We can find that. Or the longest 3rd-down passes that didn't result in a 1st down? We have that, too. Or maybe even the longest 4th-quarter runs against the 49ers in a SB? You get the picture. Play around with it for long enough, and you'll unearth all kinds of crazy Super Bowl records.

So go ahead and try the Super Bowl Section right now -- it's free, easy to use, and best of all, with it you'll be able to dominate anyone who challenges you in Super Bowl trivia this weekend.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Features, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Retired Numbers

Posted by Mike on January 31, 2013

We've added team retired numbers to all team franchise encyclopedias for those teams who have retired numbers. While maybe not surprising that Jacksonville and Baltimore have no retired numbers (though one imagines 52 is going to show up on that Baltimore page before too long), did you know that neither Dallas nor Oakland have any numbers retired?

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Super Bowl Squares App Available!

Posted by Neil on January 28, 2013

With the big game quickly approaching, our Super Bowl Squares mobile app is now available for FREE at the iTunes store and the Android Marketplace.

If you're at a Super Bowl party in three weeks and there's a game of squares set up, this app will tell you which squares have the best chance of winning based on game data from 1994-2010. Also, if you're new to the game, there's a page devoted to basic rules that will help you navigate your first SB squares experience.

For more information about its features, as well as links to posts about Super Bowl squares theory, click here.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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