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Blindsided: Why the Left Tackle is Overrated and Other Contrarian Football Thoughts

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
This book will change the way you think about professional football--in much the same way that Bill James revolutionized the analysis of Major League Baseball. The research is impeccable. The approach is irreverent. You will be 'blindsided' by what you think you know about the NFL, but don't. Warning to fantasy football lovers: You won't be able to put this book down.
—Sal
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Wiley
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Ray Charbonneau
Jun 24, 2009 Ray Charbonneau rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
Wants to be a Bill James for football, but lacks the necessary analytical rigor.
Joel Mccracken
Apr 14, 2010 Joel Mccracken rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I read this book after summer ended because it was about football and it is relavent to the position I play in high school. The book is about how the left talkle is a crutial position that is needed to be superior to most other linemen to keep the most important player on the team safe; the quarterback. In the beginning of the book it gives you multiple statistics but later on the books shows how a African American man goes through high school, illiterate as it is but is ...more
David
Oct 12, 2010 David rated it it was ok
Claims to have been inspired to take up "scientific football analysis" by reading Bill James Baseball Abstract in the 1980's. I definitely understand the reaction -- James makes you want to take your understanding of sports to a higher level and above all to address questions empirically rather than just yell louder than the next person "Peyton Manning is TOO better than Tom Brady".

But if this book is reflective of the science, football analysis has a LONG way to go to catch up to baseball. Chap
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Justin
Sep 20, 2010 Justin rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports-general
Joyner has some interesting thoughts, but his stats usage is pretty poor, involving some leaps and some incomplete work. Many of these sections would be interesting if they were more fleshed out and involved multiple angles of approaches.

I get the title and subtitle (to play of Lewis's The Blind Side), but his work on the left tackle is a short, extremely weak section.

The largest section of the book involves rating Hall of Fame candidates, and even this could use more development. He's influence
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Brett
Mar 28, 2009 Brett rated it did not like it
Recommended to Brett by: Amazon
This book was supposed to be something of a sabermetric or statistically analytical approach to professional football, much like the baseball prospectus stuff that has become so prevalent. Unfortunately the guy that wrote this is a hack.

It was very shallow econometrically. He often made logical leaps and inferences that were completely unfounded based on the analysis he did. And he used the word "obviously" almost exclusively when he knew his point was a particularly weak as to camouflage the f
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Cormac Zoso
pretty good, pretty good argument for this guy's view of pro football ... obviously, when you read a title like this, you need to be a former football player who reads a lot or a rabid football fan, one who probably has their own rotisserie team (or whatever they are called these days ... as you can tell, i am not one) and watches both days of the nfl draft, start to finish and screams with joy or agony when their team's choice is announced ... not the best sports 'analysis' book i've read but ...more
Scott L.
May 12, 2012 Scott L. rated it it was ok
This book is OK, but I found too many statistical analysis problems with it to make it a viable book. Joyner does research well; however, he should have asked an analyst to assist him with the book. Perhaps then some of his more far-fetched claims would have credibility, or not be made at all. I cannot recommend this book unless you are a football fanatic.
Frank
Aug 26, 2010 Frank rated it liked it
Shelves: football
ESPN's Joyner wanted to take a Bill James approach to examining the accepted wisdom of football, all the things we think we know or are told are true. The research is good with some revealing insight, though the writing isn't on par with James. Not necessarily a knock since James is a very good writer, something he doesn't get enough creit for.
Nick
Oct 13, 2012 Nick added it
Very interesting read about football. Enjoyed how he discussed conventional wisdom and explained his research methodology for testing it. The chapter on the different types of coaches was fascinating as well as his analysis on which players not in the Hall of Fame deserve to be there.
Michael
May 07, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it
Sadly little more than dot matrix era analysis and annoying tables. I made puneet read it and he wasn't too happy about it (but at the time I had just started and had no idea it would be that bad)
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A delightful analysis of football statistics. Should be used in math classes!
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