Not football

23 Nov 2018 8:28 AM | John Heap (Administrator)

Every week there is commentary in  the US press about the productivity of football (NFL and/or college) teams or individual players.


This is not productivity - it is about performance  ... but fails to use an output/input ratio ... the very essence of productivity.


Player performance is important - but US sport (or sports reporters) uses far too many spurious  statistics - and language that upsets a relative purist - the winningest team and so on.


They cite previous performances ands results between two teams as if it might have some bearing on the current matchup.


I am sure fans find it interesting ... I hope they do because a lot of resource goes into compiling these statistics ... but do they do harm.


I can image in a player on team X saying after a loss to team Y, "Well, its 27 years since we've beaten them - what do you expect?"  If you build a reputation, some players and teams will succumb to it.

Statistics are real - but can be used to motivate if applied and employed correctly.


Think before you apply measures - in football, and in business.


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