Posted by sean on December 19, 2013
As Nate Silver tweeted out earlier today, Neil Paine is leaving Sports Reference early next month to join Nate's new FiveThirtyEight.com. I know I speak for everyone here at SR when I say I'm feeling a mix of sadness that on a daily basis we won't get to tap Neil's encyclopedic knowledge of European NBA players, his knowledge of pretty much every sabermetric study ever done, his patience dealing with every kind of user complaint, and his wit, pluck, and genuine enthusiasm for his work. But also happiness for Neil that his writing and thinking is getting the platform it justly deserves. I know someday we'll be bragging that we knew Neil Paine before he was a bigshot. :)
I'll be anticipating his articles and I suggest you search them out as well when the site launches in early 2014.
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Posted by Neil on December 17, 2013
Just a quick note that we've added the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) high school rankings to BBR, going back to the HS class of 1998. These will now show up on yearly RSCI pages, as well as player pages (under the bio section -> "recruiting rank") when applicable.
If you're not familiar with the RSCI service, they cull together various national recruiting lists and combine them together into a consensus ranking (like DraftExpress, we've also tweaked the basic RSCI by including prep-school players for their final year of the recruiting process, which is also why some players may be listed multiple years). The rankings you see at BBR are the final standings for each year; for more info on how the process works, as well as additional data like in-season rankings (fall, pre-summer, etc.), be sure to go to RSCIhoops.com.
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Posted by Mike on December 17, 2013
It's a frequent question - who throws the most interceptions returned for touchdowns? Chase blogged about it here a few years ago, but in an effort to help find who's the king of the pick six I've added the ability to filter by type of touchdown to the game play finder tool. Setting the turnover type to interceptions only and searching for most pick sixes thrown since 1999 shows us Peyton Manning tied with Brett Favre and Carson Palmer as the leaders with 21 apiece, with 810 total thrown over that span.
Note that this does pick up a couple of instances where a pass was intercepted, fumbled, and subsequently returned for a touchdown by the offensive team, so subtract one pick six apiece from Drew Brees and Brad Johnson.
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Posted by sean on December 16, 2013
Happy Holidays from Sports Reference
Here's to a great 2013 and a blessed 2014.
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Posted by Mike on December 12, 2013
Just saw this tweet:
Which made me wonder - who really is the fumblingest player of all time? First, it seems only fair to look at fumbles on a per-touch basis. Yes, Terry Metcalf managed to fumble 62 times in 81 games (which is admittedly nuts), but he was rushing, receiving, and returning kicks in that time, so he had the ball in his hands 1226 times over those 81 games. On a pure per-touch basis (since 1960 with a minimum of 300 touches) it looks like it was one Kermit Alexander who was the most likely to put the ball on the ground - 29 fumbles on 329 overall touches (that's a fumble almost 9% of the time he put his hands on the ball). Here's your top 50 overall "leaders":
| name | fumbles | touches | fum_per_touch |
| Kermit Alexander | 29 | 329 | 0.0881 |
| Howard Stevens | 30 | 372 | 0.0806 |
| Darrien Gordon | 27 | 338 | 0.0799 |
| Todd Kinchen | 26 | 334 | 0.0778 |
| Robbie Martin | 23 | 302 | 0.0762 |
| Ron Smith | 39 | 542 | 0.0720 |
| Eddie Payton | 21 | 321 | 0.0654 |
| Speedy Duncan | 26 | 406 | 0.0640 |
| Walter Stanley | 24 | 400 | 0.0600 |
| Mike Fuller | 21 | 353 | 0.0595 |
| Bobby Wade | 23 | 394 | 0.0584 |
| Sidney Thornton | 22 | 405 | 0.0543 |
| Alvin Haymond | 23 | 433 | 0.0531 |
| Steve Odom | 19 | 367 | 0.0518 |
| Dennis McKinnon | 17 | 336 | 0.0506 |
| Terry Metcalf | 62 | 1226 | 0.0506 |
| Stefan Logan | 17 | 337 | 0.0504 |
| Wayne Patrick | 18 | 363 | 0.0496 |
| R.W. McQuarters | 15 | 304 | 0.0493 |
| Alonzo Highsmith | 16 | 325 | 0.0492 |
| Michael Bates | 20 | 407 | 0.0491 |
| Lionel James | 32 | 665 | 0.0481 |
| Az-Zahir Hakim | 25 | 526 | 0.0475 |
| Dexter Carter | 33 | 696 | 0.0474 |
| Fulton Walker | 15 | 317 | 0.0473 |
| J.W. Lockett | 15 | 319 | 0.0470 |
| Mack Herron | 27 | 581 | 0.0465 |
| Willard Harrell | 36 | 785 | 0.0459 |
| Joe Auer | 16 | 350 | 0.0457 |
| Tommy Mason | 61 | 1354 | 0.0451 |
| Greg Pruitt | 83 | 1843 | 0.0450 |
| Devin Hester | 32 | 717 | 0.0446 |
| Mel J. Gray | 31 | 705 | 0.0440 |
| Rick Kane | 24 | 550 | 0.0436 |
| Shaun McDonald | 13 | 303 | 0.0429 |
| Louis Lipps | 22 | 516 | 0.0426 |
| Scott Laidlaw | 14 | 330 | 0.0424 |
| Rod Woodson | 23 | 552 | 0.0417 |
| Troy Walters | 15 | 362 | 0.0414 |
| Izzy Lang | 14 | 338 | 0.0414 |
| Michael Lewis | 19 | 464 | 0.0409 |
| Dick Gordon | 15 | 368 | 0.0408 |
| Rick Upchurch | 27 | 662 | 0.0408 |
| Wendell Tyler | 64 | 1573 | 0.0407 |
| Roscoe Parrish | 14 | 347 | 0.0403 |
| Bobby Duhon | 15 | 374 | 0.0401 |
| Tim Worley | 20 | 500 | 0.0400 |
| Ed Williams | 12 | 301 | 0.0399 |
| Louie Giammona | 13 | 327 | 0.0398 |
| Bob Tucker | 17 | 428 | 0.0397 |
Note that without a minimum number of touches the leader is Norman Jefferson who managed 5 fumbles on 11 career kick returns (which is likely why he only got 11 career kick returns).
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Posted by Mike on December 10, 2013
Since it's a frequent request & the mercury is dipping ever downward, today I've added temperature as an option to the team game finder. You can search for the best records in sub-10 degree temperatures or even performance in hot games. Look for this to show up on the player game finder soon as well, to help stoke the debate about cold weather performance.
Temperature data from before 1999 is local to the airport nearest the stadium site (as detailed in this blog post) and from 1999 on is from gamebook data directly. Note that temperature is only recorded for games outdoors, so you may want to select "Outdoors" as the stadium type before trying a temperature search.
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Posted by Neil on December 10, 2013
If you're also a Baseball-Reference user, you might recognize this new feature we recently added to Basketball-Reference:
If not, it's a sparkline that shows the team's scoring margin for every game of the season, with green representing wins, red representing losses, and the height of the bar representing the margin of the game. We think it's a great way to visualize the peaks and valleys of a team's season, and we hope it adds your BBR experience.
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Posted by Neil on December 9, 2013
Chase asked where FSU's +42.3 pre-bowl PPG differential ranked among all BCS-bowl teams historically, so I thought I'd run a quick database search:
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Posted by Neil on December 6, 2013
Today, we added a new feature to Basketball-Reference: historical team Pace Factors and Offensive/Defensive Rating estimates.
As of yesterday, we only had Pace and ORtg/DRtg for NBA teams going back to 1973-74, the first season in which the league tracked team/opponent turnovers and offensive rebounds (which are, of course, necessary to the possessions formula). However, it is possible to estimate possessions for years prior to '74 -- an idea I developed casually at the old BBR Blog in 2010, and one which was expanded on in more detail by ElGee35 at his (now-defunct) blog in 2012.
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Posted by Mike on December 5, 2013
Today we push out a tool I've been meaning to write for a while: a player streak finder. Inspired by the great Baseball Reference streak finders, this tool will let you find consecutive player games or seasons in which a particular criteria was met. For instance, if you're wondering which QB has the longest streak of games without an interception, the answer is Tom Brady, with 11 (for games with at least 14 pass attempts). Or how about which running back has the most consecutive seasons of 1000+ yards (Emmit Smith, with 11).
You can also filter by team on offense (or defense for games searches), for instance to find out which quarterback has the most consecutive games against the Browns with a TD pass or which Bears running back has the most consecutive 1000+ yard seasons.
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