19th December 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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17th December 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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12th December 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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10th December 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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9th December 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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5th December 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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3rd December 2013
Building on the user favorites feature, we've introduced the ability to filter by your favorite players in player season finder and player game finder searches. If you're logged in, you should see a "Search only across your favorites" checkbox above the "Get Results" button on these searches. Selecting this option will restrict the search to only players in your favorites list. Maybe you could add your favorite quarterbacks to your list and see where they compare on AY/A, or follow some favorite fantasy backs and see who has the best yards per attempt figure in 2013.
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26th November 2013
Rolled out a quick update - now every single season leader page has a box on the right, with which you can select a year & rewind back to see what the single season leaders were for that stat at that time. For instance, Drew Brees currently holds the single season pass completion record with 468, but if we go back 25 years to 1988 you can see that at that time, Dan Marino held the record of 378 (a mark that is currently the 26th best, highlighting just how much passing has blown up recently).
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19th November 2013
With today's updates, we've pushed out a new addition to the site -- Favorites. If you are logged in, you'll now see a Favorites button in the top right corner of most pages. If you have favorite pages, mousing over this button will show you recent statistics or bookmarks to favorite pages and Play Index searches. To add a page to your favorites, simply click the + symbol on that button (and to remove a favorite, click the -). Active players will show fantasy points for the current week, active teams will show you their most recent game and their record so you can get access to your favorites' stats instantly. Click on the Favorites button to get a more detailed view of player stats and recent news items about your favorites players.
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