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CFB – Forfeits and Vacated Games

Posted by Neil on July 25, 2012

It's always unfortunate when tragedy intrudes upon the world of sports, like we've seen in college football since the Penn State child abuse scandal broke last fall. Our thoughts are mainly with the victims and their families, but there is also administrative work to be done in the wake of the NCAA's major sanctions against Penn State.

As a matter of policy, Sports Reference primarily reports the results of games as played on the field, which means you will still see Joe Paterno's name atop the career coaching leaderboard. It's a difficult situation, but as a data company we first and foremost record the actual events as they happened at the time. However, we also have a list of forfeited and vacated games that provides details of records that have been adjusted by the NCAA. Further, we have notes about vacated results on the affected pages for individual coaches and team-seasons, and the affected leaderboards also contain notes about decisions made by the NCAA.

As was the case with violations by Ohio State, USC, and others, we feel that it is important to provide information about what actually happened on the field at the time, as well as what the NCAA considers official in their records. Hopefully this blog post will clear up any future confusion regarding vacated/forfeited wins and how they related to our stats or leaderboards.

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

Reminder: P-F-R Needs Your Help!

Posted by Neil on July 20, 2012

Another reminder for users in the Philly area -- we need people like you to come in and help us improve our sites!

If you're in the vicinity -- our HQ is located in the Mt. Airy section of northwest Philadelphia -- and can spare an hour next week to help us test out some PFR Play Index features (we'll even pay you $50 for your time), please email me with your name and a contact phone number.

Please remember testing will be done in Philadelphia only. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Wanted: Pro-Football-Reference Usability Testers

Posted by Neil on July 17, 2012

Attention readers in the Philly area -- we need users like you to come in and help us improve our sites!

If you're in the vicinity -- our HQ is located in the Mt. Airy section of northwest Philadelphia -- and can spare an hour next week to help us test out some PFR Play Index features (we'll even pay you $50 for your time), please email me your name and a contact phone number.

We are looking for 3 testers, so we may not be able to use everyone. Please remember testing will be done in Philadelphia only.

Thanks in advance for your help!

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, expire21d, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Season Leaderboards

Posted by Neil on June 27, 2012

Want to know who led the league in various categories last season? Check out the 2011 leaderboard page.

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

PI Player Season Finder

Posted by Neil on June 21, 2012

Be sure to take a look at the Play Index Player Season Finder to search through player season stats spanning from 1920 to today for single seasons or combined seasons that match your criteria.

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

Widgets.Sports-Reference.com — repost

Posted by admin on June 14, 2012

We're proud to introduce Widgets.Sports-Reference.com, a central destination for those looking to embed updated S-R stat tables on their site or blog. The page linked above contains a way to build various widgets for Baseball, Hockey, Pro Football, and College Football. Watch the following video for an example of how to use the widgets:

As always, send us feedback about new widgets you'd like to see or any issues you encounter while using the widgets.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Widgets.Sports-Reference.com

Posted by Neil on June 8, 2012

We're proud to introduce Widgets.Sports-Reference.com, a central destination for those looking to embed updated S-R stat tables on their site or blog. The page linked above contains a way to build various widgets for Baseball, Hockey, Pro Football, and College Football. Watch the following video for an example of how to use the widgets:

As always, send us feedback about new widgets you'd like to see or any issues you encounter while using the widgets.

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

Team Twitter Lists

Posted by Mike on June 4, 2012

In addition to the player Twitter accounts mentioned in the previous post, we've now introduced team Twitter lists for all teams, which you can view on our site or subscribe to on Twitter. The lists will be kept up-to-date as rosters change throughout the year and as we add more players so you won't miss a single scintillating Tweet.

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Player Birthdays

Posted by Neil on June 1, 2012

Happy birthday to Paul Coffey, Brad Wilkerson, Derek Lowe, Nick Young, Santana Moss, Larry Centers, and all the other athletes born today -- and a friendly reminder that you can look up player birthdays at all of our pro sites:

Birthdays at Baseball Reference

Birthdays at Basketball Reference

Birthdays at Pro Football Reference

Birthdays at Hockey Reference

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Pro-Football-Reference.com

NFL records after N games

Posted by Neil on May 30, 2012

Tangotiger asked me to do some research for him with regard to predicting end-of-season records from a team's current record. Since it took a little time to put together, I figured I'd post the complete findings here.

The table below is based on every NFL season from 1988-2012 -- it lists every "season start" that a team had over that span (i.e., 4-1 through 5 games, etc.), and the average end-of-season winning percentage (counting ties as half-wins) for teams that started that way. I also showed the number of wins per 16 games to make it a little more understandable than a raw winning percentage.

Enjoy:

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

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