The Buffalo Sabres are a horrible hockey team. It’s not like anyone expected them to be good. Trading valuable players over the last year (see Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek) for future assets and a lack of pursuit of top free agents shows the Sabres’ organizational embrace of a full rebuild. The team is developing a … More Time to Tank: The Historically Bad Buffalo Sabres
With the NHL preseason a few weeks away, I must admit that I have never been much of a hockey fan. Basketball, baseball, football, and soccer are all sports I follow intensely, but hockey never really piqued my interest. That all changed over the course of a few months earlier this year.
Picture a quick game theory scenario. You are to play a game, but before you play the game, you have the choice of two scenarios with different utility outcomes based on the results of the game. In the first scenario, you will receive two utility points if you win and zero utility points if you … More The Bettman Point and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
Fighting continues to be one of the defining traits of hockey. When a player puts his body on the line in a hockey fight, there is often an expectation that the fight will make a difference in the score of the game. If a player destroys an opposing player in a fight, it is largely … More The True Impact of a Hockey Fight
Throughout most of the NBA regular season and the beginning of the playoffs, there was very little question in the eyes of NBA experts and observers about which team was the large favorite to win the NBA championship. The Miami Heat were pretty much assured to repeat. With their Game 7 championship victory, the Heat … More Destined for a Championship? How Even the Best Teams Must Overcome Statistical Chance