Today is the first day of the New Year: this means that gym memberships are up and yoga mats are selling out. This is a unique time of the year because for some reason people think that when the clock hits midnight, they can all of a sudden be a different person. I mean people seriously think that the last digit changes from a 6 to a 7, and all of a sudden they are a new being. However silly New Year’s resolutions are, you are going to hear about a ton of them for the next few weeks. Personally, I don’t have any New Year’s resolution. What I do have is New Year’s resolution for the sports world.
First, the world of sports needs to develop a better understanding of analytics. In past years Moreyball and Moneyball have garnered a lot of attention in the media. Basketball and baseball have seemed to have bought into analytics. However, the football world has not. The numbers are out, and the math isn’t difficult. There should be no “game time decisions.” Statistics should be the governing factor in decision making. I’m not sure why the football world tries so hard to avoid analytics, but in 2017 let’s cling to analytics.
The next thing that the sports world needs to do this year is stop criticizing national broadcasters. Fans become so familiar with their local guy calling their games, that when they get to a primetime game and Kirk Herbstreit isn’t biased, they lose their mind. Across all broadcasting, realize that these guys have no agenda. As Joe Buck says, “I love all teams except for yours.” These broadcasters don’t pick teams, and they certainly aren’t out to get yours. These guys are just there to call the game, and most of them are pretty damn good at it. This is the year that we should all begin to appreciate national broadcasters.
Finally, in the next year we have got to stop blaming refs for our team’s losses. I don’t dare go on Twitter when my hometown team is losing on Sunday anymore. Calls go both ways, we just chose to only talk about the calls that go against our teams. Also, just because refs miss a call late in the game doesn’t mean that is what decided the game. Refs are not the reason that your team turned the ball over three times. I’m talking to you, Jim Harbaugh. 2017 we can stop blaming the refs.
Happy New Year
David Szymanski (@Szymanski96)