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Football is a Game of Statistics
Sam Pearson 5/8/2021 2:03 PM
Football is a game of Statistics
Being involved in the world of statistics one often attempts to establish a pattern to infer what the future may be. Recently, I began to notice that in sports one can often anticipate the outcome of a game based on the quality of recruits that a college team is able to convince to play for their school.
It appears that the University of Alabama and its coach, Nick Saban, have establish a pattern of convincing young men who have a unique set of skills and abilities to play football at Alabama. Over the last 10 years, the Alabama team has established a pattern of winning at an unprecedented rate and in fact have won the National Championship 6 times over the last 10 years.
I have also noted another trend that I suggest that one may infer the future results. Over the past 10 years there have been a number of leadership changes subsequent to one’s having played against the University of Alabama in football.
Looking at last year one will note that Alabama beat Arkansas and Arkansas fired their coach. Alabama beat Tennessee and Tennessee fired their coach. Alabama beat Auburn and Auburn fired their coach. Then, Alabama beat Notre Dame and the Pope resigned.
I keep wondering why I see so many people wanting to see Alabama play the White House in the coming season.
Sam Pearson is a retired Army Colonel with a variety of experience in both government and private sectors. As arguably one of the World's foremost military logisticians, he has been responsible for the on time delivery of supplies and services worth billions of dollars. After service in Southwest Asia, he was hand picked to support logistics operations in support of earthquake relief operations in Haiti. Pearson now serves as a consultant and volunteer mentor for students seeking their doctorates in advance statistical analysis.
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