Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

African-americans Newsbeat

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

Log onto any mainstream website or media outlet (certainly any program within the ESPN empire) and 30 seconds cannot pass without extreme statistical analysis, which didn’t exist 20 years ago, hijacking the conversation. But not in “BlackWorld,” where never is heard an advanced analytical word. Not in urban barbershops. Not in text chains during three-hour games. Not around office water coolers. Not even in pressrooms or locker rooms where black folks who make a living in the industry spend all day and half the night talking about the most intimate details of sports.

Let’s take the Golden State Warriors locker room, for example. I thought the complete stiff-arming of the statistical revolution might very well be generational. Old black folks don’t, but younger black folks might.

Wrong.

I asked Draymond Green, the Warriors star whose new-age game is constantly being defined statistically, if he engages in any advanced analytics conversation either professionally or personally. His answer was emphatic.

“No. Neither. Professionally, I play completely off of feel. I hear people discussing my game in terms of all these advanced numbers. I have no part of it,” Green said. “Even paying attention to it, from a playing standpoint, would make me robotic and undermine my game. I’m supposed to step back behind the line in real time to avoid taking a ‘bad two’? That’s thinking way too much. I don’t get the fascination at all.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, analytics, michael wilbon

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Ray (RDP)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Gonfalon CubsFinally, part 2
(24 - 3:43am, Jun 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogHow Clayton Kershaw's peak stacks up with all-time greats. | Sports on Earth
(5 - 3:13am, Jun 27)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogOTP 2016 June 20: I prefer baseball, America's pastime over politics, America's blood sport
(1932 - 2:32am, Jun 27)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOut of Prison, Pitcher Relishes a Second Chance With the Rangers - The New York Times
(9 - 2:26am, Jun 27)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogStarting Nine: Should the Pirates consider trading face of the franchise McCutchen? | TribLIVE
(9 - 2:25am, Jun 27)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogOT: 2016 Summer Soccer Thread
(1045 - 1:27am, Jun 27)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogJose Reyes must demonstrate sincere remorse in return to Mets - NY Daily News
(20 - 1:03am, Jun 27)
Last: formerly dp

NewsblogJay Jaffe: Most deserving players without retired numbers
(39 - 12:00am, Jun 27)
Last: Kurt

NewsblogPaul Giamatti, a Baseball Commissioner’s Son, Makes His Own Calls - The New York Times
(25 - 11:29pm, Jun 26)
Last: villainx

Newsblog15 hitters contenders could try to acquire at the trade deadline
(3 - 10:59pm, Jun 26)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogYanks must have nearing cutoff date to buy out A-Rod, Teixeira | New York Post
(32 - 10:34pm, Jun 26)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogCommish's Classics: They Weren't Just The Mets; They Were Pond Scum
(9 - 9:31pm, Jun 26)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogSABR 46 Convention in Miami
(5 - 8:54pm, Jun 26)
Last: RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake

NewsblogCleveland Indians riding high, but still need to make deal: Rant of the week | cleveland.com
(3 - 7:48pm, Jun 26)
Last: tolbuck

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 6-25-16
(94 - 7:30pm, Jun 26)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 1.1166 seconds
45 querie(s) executed