My writeup of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference baseball panel is up. The panel was the most baseball-y moment of the conference, which skewed basketball. That may not be surprising, given the conference was started by a MIT Sloan grad and Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who seemed like a very nice guy, and was scheduled during spring training. But since all four major sports are represented at the conference in some way, it will always have issues no matter when it is scheduled. A little more attention to the baseball dudes – since, after all, baseball is the furthest ahead when it comes to analytics in my humble opinion – would serve the conference well. That isn’t to say I didn’t have a great time and didn’t meet tons of really interesting people. And, in the end, that’s what most conferences are all about.
For fantasy freaks, I put up my National League Outfield rankings at RotoGraphs. Went down to 50 players, and of course, most of the comments are about the names of the tiers. I used comedies to label the tiers and now we’re getting into a battle about Caddyshack versus Spinal Tap and how good Anchorman is. My verdict? Caddyshack is the most quotable movie of all time, Spinal Tap is a fine, elite comedy, and Anchorman suffers when compared to other Will Ferrell movies. Old School blows it out of the water. I may change Anchorman to Step Brothers just to appease the masses.