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from On the Forecheck,
The basic idea was that by looking at the ratio between each team’s Goals For and Goals Against totals, you get a good idea of where their actual Winning Percentage will end up. The presumption there is that a team’s overall ability to score and prevent goals is more constant than the bounces and breaks that can decide individual game results, and over the course of 82 games the “luck” will even out to a large extent.
This summer, I thought I’d revisit that analysis, to answer a few questions.
1. Did I just get lucky, or is PythagenPuck actually a better indicator than actual Winning Percentage of where teams stand during the early part of the season?
2. At what point does it make sense to do this kind of analysis? After 10 games, 20, 30…?
Motivated by the recent story by David Shoalts which—incorrectly, it turned out—speculated that Scotty Bowman was offered a position with the Maple Leafs organization, Tom Benjamin comments on the issues facing those who write about the game of hockey.
-Shoalts could have avoided the error simply by picking up the phone and calling Bowman. Deciding not to do that because Bowman might not tell the truth was inexcusable. Steve Simmons made a similar mistake earlier this summer when he incorrectly reported that Mats Sundin required surgery. The error could have been avoided with a phone call.
-I do not understand why competition among reporters excuses sloppiness, particularly when the story is hardly a “scoop”. If the Leafs were going to hire Bowman, we’d all hear about it soon enough. There really isn’t any gain to anyone if the Globe breaks the story a day or two early. A real scoop involves a story that would not come to light but for the reporter’s work.
more… *looking at Shoalts, Simmons, Eklund and others
Hockey fans should always check the cap numbers before thinking of a trade or a signing.
I discuss a place to go for those numbers at my NHL.com blog today and also encourage women to take up the game!
Today in my NHL.com blog, I ask readers to list the Top 5 athletes associated with their city.
Any sport, active of retired, you are the judge.
Make sure to mention your city in the comments too!
note: post will remain sticky for a day.
from Spector’s Soapbox,
I realize there are other bloggers - some of them I like to consider my friends - who have legitimate issues with what he does, but that’s between them and Eklund to sort out.
I’ve publicly opted not to take sides, as I feel there’s plenty of room in cyberspace for he and I to peacefully co-exist and as long as he respects that so will I.
The only problem I’ve had with Eklund is his anonymity, which I felt was a detriment in terms of earning his peers respect, legitimacy for his work and gaining access within the ranks of the NHL media.
read on... and I am sure that is what many of the bloggers want. Address the issues Dwayne, it is time to do so.
Greg Wyshynski at the NHL Fanhouse does a very in-depth story on “Eklund”.
Because as Eklund’s popularity and influence have grown—with surging Web traffic, high-profile radio gigs and an on-air role during an NHL trade deadline television special—so have serious charges about a fraudulent biography, his lack of journalistic ethics and some online behavior that historically has gotten professional reporters fired. During our hour-long conversation, the “anonymous hockey blogger” finally began to answer to them—with some startling revelations….
One of the most controversial aspects of the Eklund legend is his biography. The background he had given to ESPN was in direct contrast with the fanciful origin story he gave FanHouse’s Eric McErlain in an early (and must-read) interview in 2005. Self-aggrandizing aside—I still love the part about having written a book that sold so well he no longer had to work full-time—the fact was that the official bio on his Web site changed significantly after he began attracting a larger audience.
read on... much, much more including pics…
If you are like me, then you must be searching for hockey news whenever possible.
Today at my NHL.com blog, I point to a few hockey blogs that may help you with that search.
Do you have a hockey, NHL, or hockey blogging question? If so, this is the place to ask.
In my NHL.com blog today, I ask readers to submit their questions here.
Hopefully, this will turn out to be a “reference post”, where hockey fans can ask away and get the correct answer.
note 10:06pm, post will remain “sticky” for a day or two.
from the Palm Beach Post,
A major hurdle facing bloggers who want more access are questions of credibility and accountability. Many sites lack old-school journalism standards regarding fairness and ethics.
“In the independent blog, you are your own boss, so you’re not going to fire yourself,” said Perlmutter, the KU professor. “Technically, bloggers are accountable to no one.”
Nonetheless, when it comes to libel law, bloggers can be held to the standards of traditional media.
“The same rules apply, but it might be that nobody cares about a nut on the Internet,” said attorney Sam Terilli, a former general counsel of The Miami Herald who teaches Media Law and Ethics at the University of Miami.
read on... some NHL blogger talk too.
There is that word again, credibility, which always is at the top of the list when this discussion is brought up. It is a word that I try to live up to on a daily basis.
A few bloggers don’t know the meaning of the word, and continue to ignore it.
Why don’t you take a walk with me today at my NHL.com blog?
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