During halftime of NBC’s weekly Sunday Night Football broadcasts, Bob Costas has a few moments to make an editorial comment about issues in the game and even issues that affect the wider, non-sports world. In the past, maybe his highest profile comments have concerned gun violence:
If you’ve been keeping up with the first blush of the 2013-2014 NBA season, perhaps you’ve noticed a new emphasis on statistics in the media’s and your friends’ discussions about the game. This is no small change from the Jordan/Kobe shouting matches of, um, three weeks ago? From the “Goldsberry’s Graphics” showcased on Bill and Jalen’s 2013 NBA Preview on Grantland to the amazing analysis highlighted on Deadspin’s new (as of early October 2013) Regressing blog, basketball is having a statistical moment this year and it has made the game even more fascinating. Although you really owe it to yourself to dig in and get acquainted with the real gears and wheels of the NBA, start with the shooting charts for LeBron James and Steph Curry, courtesy of Kirk Goldsberry and Grantland. Geographical shooting percentages were always something we’ve talked about, but seeing them laid out like this really is a revelation. So you know what you’re looking at: red is good and green is bad.
We made it through a subdued Thursday night Halloween in the ALTTAB Dome and by far the best thing to come of the 2013 night of a thousand terrors was this near-perfect Ron Burgundy impression by Boise sportscaster Paul Gerke (University of Michigan – Flint Class of 2010; feel old everyone). He crushes it so hard I actually felt a little bad for the other newscasters at the end. I’d imagine Gerke won’t be long for Boise-area news.