I’m a 50something curmudgeonly football fan. I have a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Guam (I kid you not) and my PhD is in biochemistry from Rice University. My folks grew up in Texas, where you have the choice of being a Dallas Cowboys fan, or not eating or breathing. Seriously. My brother tells my daughter, only half joking, that she has to be a Dallas Cowboys fan or that we will collectively disown her.

Just how Texas is my family? My mother’s side of the family were Spanish land  grant settlers, in Texas before it was even a nation, much less a state. My dad is a third generation Aggie with a customized TAMU55 license plate. My aunt and cousin are well known in Texas basketball circles. Yes, I’d say my roots run deep.

That said, I’ve long been a big Phil Simms fan, and like the Giants when they’re not beating my Cowboys. I lived in Philadelphia for 2 years, and really like the city. My wife would move us back there in an instant (she grew up on a tropical island). Having lived near Atlanta the last 16 years, I have a serious soft heart for the Atlanta Falcons. Maybe that’s because Dan Reeves was once an Atlanta coach, but hey, even sentimental reasons are reasons, right?

I’m a big fan of the Falc Fans site and I think its main admin, Pudge, is exactly the kind of breath of fresh air most forums are lacking. And since having this site kills the worst issues posting on forums creates, I’ll mention that some exceptional Cowboys fans can be found at Cowboys Zone.

In college, as Rice usually isn’t competitive in football (baseball is a different story), I often root for Georgia Tech these days, when I’m not rooting for Georgia. I’ll root for my father’s Texas A&M squads, and my brother’s Michigan State.

Focus of this Blog

Over time, this blog has developed something of a schizophrenic character. There are times when I talk extensively about code, especially Perl. There are other times when I talk Xs and Os football, read sites like Smart Football, Coach Hoover, and the Coach Huey forum. Believe me, I have a lot of respect for these sites and that some of them approved of what I did early on was a huge honor, in my opinion.

But more recently this blog has been swinging more and more towards football analytics (also called football sabermetrics). Sites like Advanced Football Stats and Skeptical Sports feature more and more in my thinking. Getting a number of articles tweeted by these guys hasn’t hurt either. Deal is, the amount of “creative juice” per article is high, as I’m trying to understand, in a very fundamental way, the whole of what these sites and others, such as, say, Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus are actually doing. So I’m asking the same, dumb simple questions any student would do, and I ask them repeatedly.

Since I’m substituting math and intuition for the power tools of the era: play-by-play data, large databases and fast computers, there is no telling how much more output there will be. I might find more cool stuff, or I might just end up repeating myself mindlessly after a while. It’s so hard to tell. Creativity is a very cruel and fickle mistress, as Nassim Taleb is happy to tell all of us in the “Black Swan”. In his terms, it unfortunately belongs in Extremistan.

Civility and this Blog

Keep your comments civil or they won’t be published. Keep your comments coherent and on topic or they will not be published.

Copyright

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Contact

To contact me, use dwm042 AT email DOT com. Replace things like AT and DOT where appropriate. Given my personal schedule, I can’t read that email routinely. Fair warning.

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Tim Says:

    Dude 0 where did you go for the 2014 season?


    1. job searches and general burnout.

      Playoff post now up.

  2. Billy Says:

    Happy to read your back story… my favorite food is Texas brisket – Franklin’s / City Market. Been burned out on the NFL for a couple years watching all the defensive penalties called late in games giving offenses second life – I can’t bear it anymore, but I’m starting to collect books again to learn more now that my son is 10 and going to play tackle football next year.

    I love your insights on books you’ve read – thank you. Sincerely, thank you. I’m going to buy Vince Lombardi on Football and Thinking Man’s Guide To pro Football because of your recommendations. I just received today: Glenn Ellison’s Run and Shoot Football: Offense of the Future and Darrell Royal Talks Football. I already own Bernie Bierman’s Winning Football and Bud Wilkinson’s Modern Defensive Football and his Oklahoma Split T. I also have books by Don Faurot and James Tatum’s books on the Split T.

    Bierman’s QB was Wilkinson and Wilkinson’s QB was Darrell Royal so Im really interested in seeing if there is any passing down of ideas from Bierman to Royal through Wilkinson.

    Three books that I absolutely love about building a culture are Bill Walsh’s Finding the Winning Edge and The Score Takes Care of Itself and Pete Carroll’s Win Forever (honorable mention Urban Meyer’s Above The Line). I picked up Frank Leahy’s book because John Wooden stated that his epiphany on how to run practices occurred while observing Leahy’s practice at Notre Dame one day while he was still coaching in Indiana. Carroll and Walsh seem to have some John Wooden principles. For defense, I love Bill Arnsparger’s book, Coaching Defensive Football. I love how he explains each defender’s keys on given plays and their assignments and helped me watch the game to see which WR should be open. While completely different, Steve Belichick’s Football Scouting Methods shows how he would scout games and use the tackle box to determine what defense a team was running.

    I’m hoping to come across Schaughnessey’s T Formation With Man In Motion one day. Have you ever come across a book about the Iowa Pre-Flight team? Phil Savage mentioned this team while going through the evolution of offense 5 years ago in the video link below. That’s the reason why I started collecting books with Bierman, Tatum, Wilkinson, and Faurot.

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