Below is a round-up of some of the latest and greatest tweets from this week. I don’t go into too much detail here but I encourage you to check them all out in your own time.
If you only read one of these pieces this should be the one. A detailed look at the culture of being asked to work for free and what it might mean long-term. The article focuses on digital ‘content’ put is pertinent to anybody who is asked to work for free. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/opinion/sunday/slaves-of-the-internet-unite.html?pagewanted=2&tntemail0=y&emc=edit_tnt_20131026&pagewanted=all&_r=0
BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) have announced details of their own Journal of Applied Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Will be really interesting to see how this turns out. You can find out more info here: http://www.bases.org.uk/News/bases-journal-of-applied-case-studies-in-sport-and-exercise-sciences
England Qualify For Brazil 2014. How Hodgson Defied The Odds. A (as per usual) brilliant piece from Mark Taylor over on his The Power of Goals blog. You can read this particular blog post here: http://thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/england-qualify-for-brazil-2014-how.html
Although this is an older post it follows on nicely from the one above. The luck of the draw strikes twice in World Cup qualification by Simon Gleave over on my favourite title for a blog Scoreboard Journalism.
A slightly unusual book, teaching Six Sigma using data from Opta/Manchester City. I’m not really sure what Six Sigma is but if you do you might want to check out this book. It’s called; Six Sigma Principles with Practice using Soccer Analytics and you can find it on Amazon.
A really nice in-depth look at the stats leading up to the MLS playoffs. Some nice visualizations in this as well. Read the full article here: http://theshinguardian.com/2013/10/31/mls-playoff-ball-who-are-the-belles/
Thanks to Google Translate for this one. Great article on how the stats don’t really back up a mangers view of his own team. Simon Gleave points it all out here: http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/12224/Voetbalblog-De-Zestien/article/detail/3536509/2013/10/31/Is-het-rendement-van-Feyenoord-echt-te-laag.dhtml
James writes some great articles and is well worth a follow. Here is his latest; http://jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/the-relationship-between-tsr-and-points-over-9-games/
Ross Williams has written a piece for this site before. He is from South Africa and is currently on a tour around England, Scotland and France. This is not strictly analysis based but Ross has a very open mind about coaching and analysis and shares a lot on his blog. You can follow his tour experiences here; http://rossrugby.co.za/european-tour-2013/
A season long investigation into coaching behaviours as a function of practice state: the case of three collegiate coaches. And the quote that stood out for me; “… intimating that the drivers of the coaches’ design and implementation of practice sessions and the delivery of instruction were their existing ‘folk pedagogies’ rather than scientiﬁcally-based evidence.” Full article here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21640629.2013.837238