December 03, 2013

Meet the New York Times 4th Down Bot: The New York Times has launched a Twitterbot that will analyze every fourth down play in an NFL game, determining whether the coach made the right call or not. The analysis uses a statistical model created by Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats. "In general, it finds N.F.L. coaches far too conservative," the paper observes.

posted by rcade to football at 04:42 PM - 3 comments

Ol' Riverboat Ron is break that poor bot by the 3rd quarter next Sunday.

posted by NoMich at 08:56 PM on December 03

Ol' Riverboat Ron is break that poor bot by the 3rd quarter next Sunday

When ya' got nuthin' but yer shirt and yer shoes there ain't much to lose .. let it roll.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:27 PM on December 03

I was watching the end of New Orleans/ Seattle on Monday night when New Orleans was desperate to come back and I was thinking how damn frustrating it used to be playing Madden against someone who refused to punt. I know there's a high school coach who never punts; given the Internet's influence on Riverboat Ron (is anyone else amazed how quickly that nickname became common currency? The Fox announcers were using it during the Carolina game last week as was the NFL Red Zone guy), is it possible we might see some zany coach in the NFL in the next decade?

Also, this bot will never be as good or as accurate as a sportswriter as they only need a single piece of data to tell you if it was the right decision: the result.

posted by yerfatma at 09:03 AM on December 04

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