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The Hidden Game of Football [Hardcover]

Bob Carroll , Pete Palmer , John Thorn


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September 1988
The original publication of The Hidden Game of Football revolutionized the way fans perceive the sport. After changes in rules, new trends in strategy, and 20 more seasons of statistical footprints, this new edition uncovers fresh insights while reinforcing the book's original concepts. The book is required reading for every fan who seeks a deeper understanding of the sport.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Warner Books (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446514144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446514149
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Statistical Analysis of Football June 16 2000
By Jason B. Romano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent read for anyone who has a genuine interest in football statistics. The authors are actually statisticians themselves, and they go through each phase of the game and attempt to come up with scientific ways to rate each position, including the offensive line!
The part I found most interesting was the chapter on quarterbacks and the conventional NFL QB rating system and why it is flawed. From there the authors go into a lengthy process of building a better rating system, which more accurately reflects who the most efficient passers in the NFL are.
You would think being written by a bunch of statisticians, this book would be dull, but it is far from it! It is lively and humorous throughout, and is very easy to read. Also, most of the heavy statistics are relegated to notes, so if you are not interested in that sort of thing you can skip it easily.
All told this is an outstanding book to read if you are interested in learning the "Nitty-gritty" behind football statistics.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rosetta Stone of alternative football stats July 26 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is amazing. If you are interested in the theory behind football stats -- or are a fan of Football Outsiders -- you have to have this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Statistics March 13 2011
By Edward J. Barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For football lovers - this book will challenge your conventional thinking. The authors use statistics (and by statistics, I am talking standard deviation and regression analysis AS WELL AS yards, percentages and attempts) to debunk myths, challenge assumptions and help the reader understand the mathematics and the myths behind football. The writing style is easy to digest, sprinkled with humor, and very conversational.

Go for it on 4th and 1 on the opponents 6 yard line with 2 minutes to go and down by 3, or kick a field goal? The answwers may surprise you. Using complex but very logical data and mathematical equations, the "right" decision may not be so right mathematically.

The authors also look at players at all positions and how to statistically evaluate talent, measure immeasureables, gut check assumptions, even evaluate for the Hall of Fame. Moneyball, before Moneyball was written. A reminder, too, that we couch coaches are missing and probably misinterpreting a lot of information - and the pros use these methods as part of their scouting and game planning. A good book for the thinking football fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Paradigm Shift Oct. 24 2013
By George S Brundage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like millions of other Americans, I love the game of football. And like many of them I came to the realization there was much more to the game that fans, players and even most coaches understood or expressed. This book gets beyond the cliche's of professional football analysis and takes us into the deeper aspects of game that even professionals don't seem to recognize in their cliche'-filled worlds.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, even for a college football junkie Feb. 28 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Authors are excellent writers. The books is very entertaining to read. I find it to be very relevant to my interests despite the fact that I do not even watch NFL football, only NCAA.

Aside from their humor and keen insights, I especially enjoy the historical perspectives of football discussing how game play has influenced the rules which has, in turn, has effected the popular style of play.

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