Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Monday, January 13, 2020

Endorsement Deals Help Elite Athletes in College Football

It's interesting that college football is having it's 150th anniversary and the NFL is having it's 100th anniversary in the same year.  Personally I believe that a rematch of Green Bay and Kansas City would be a fitting match up for the Super Bowl as they were the first two teams to meet in the big game.  

Heisman Winner Johnny Manziel

As I write this LSU and Clemson are playing for college football's national championship.  Many of these players in the game and many players not in the game hope to play or coach in the Super Bowl someday.  Recently the governor of California signed a law allowing college players to accept sponsorship deals while in college which is banned by the NCAA.

A recent ESPN documentary discusses the issue of players getting paid.  College coaches are now paid in the millions of dollars which is close to NFL coaches.  I personally believe that, ideally, the NFL and NBA should have a farm club system like the NHL and MLB.  The first two leagues mentioned in the last sentence get lots talent from college sports for free.  Using a farm club system would take a lot of the hypocrisy out of college sports.  

The players are supposed to be there to get an education.  While they are there they should have enough to live on but sponsorship deals would most likely go to the elite players while the average players would get the scraps.  

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top Ten Posts of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close I thought I would imitate other media news outlets and look at the top 10 posts on this site in terms of the number of page views.  The majority of the posts came in the early part of this year and in the later part.  Posts made before 2019 are included in this list.


This post was on changes in enrollment and in those needing special education services in the Greater Johnstown, Westmont, and Richland School Districts.  It was posted in November.  Enrollment has decreased in all three districts while African-American enrollment has increased in Johnstown.


This post was made in November 2018 to introduce the poll for the greatest nonfiction book of all time.  So far the Origin of Species is leading.


This post from May of this year presents a documentary on the migratin of African Americans to Johnstown.


This post from October looks at the propaganda campaign against the local candidate for Cambria County Commissioner, Jerry Carnicella.  He lost.


This post is from May 2011 the oldest post on this list.  It talks about how the conflict in the US is reflected in similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan.


I took a look at the numbers of abuser priests identified by Pennsylvania grand juries and adjusting them for the size of the populations that they serve in each of their respective Dioceses.  Cambria County had by far the most adjusting for population.


This post from a few weeks ago showed how endemic the problem of poverty has become in the Greater Johnstown School District (GJSD) compared to the neighboring districts of Westmont, Richland, and Ferndale.  Nationally it ranks 84th out of 13,207 school districts.


This post is a follow up to the second ranked post on this list.  It is from November and gives the results up to Nov 24 of this year.


This is the first post of 2019.  It compared elite coaches in the NFL who played in the NFL (ie. Chuck Noll, Don Shula, and Tom Landry) to ones who did not (Vince Lombardi, Bill Belichick, and Jimmy Johnson).  It found that they were equal in the regular season but the one who did not play had better records in the playoffs and won more championships.


This is the next to last post of the year.  It was a follow up post to the seventh most popular post on this list.  It looked at trends in the city, county, state, and US in poverty and median income.  The gap between the county and the city and the state and the US is growing.

For this list, two of the posts were made before 2019 and six of them were on the City of Johnstown and the surrounding area.  Of the eight posts made this year, three were made in the first half of the year.  This blog almost completely covers the 2010s.  In September I will have the tenth anniversary post looking at it's all time most popular posts.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Do NBA Coaches who didn’t play in the NBA fare the same as NFL Coaches?

Phil Jackson won 11 titles and did play.
In my last post I found that elite NFL coaches who did not play in the NFL fared better in the playoffs than those who did and also won more championships.  This week I thought I would look at NBA Coaches who did not play in the NBA compared to those who did. produced lists of the top25 NFL and NBA coaches of all time.  In my last post I also looked at elite NFL coaches in the Super Bowl era.  

Athlon Top 25 Coaches
Played in NBA
Played in the NFL
Overall win%
Reg Season
total champ
Total Coaches

18 out of the 25 top NBA coaches played in the NBA compared to 14 of the 25 top NFL coaches.  Three of the seven who did not (like Red Auerbach) played before the NBA existed (it was created in 1946).  According to the table above NBA coaches who did not play won 1% more of their games than those who did where NFL coaches who did not play won 7% more of their playoff games and won.  NBA coaches on the list who did not play won 2.23% more of their regular season games.

These are coaches who were selected by on who they think are the best coaches.  Some were coaching in the 1940's and 50's.  As I did with the NFL coaches, I looked at modern NBA coaches whose careers spanned the modern era and who took their teams to the NBA finals from 1966 on to the present day.  The raw data I collected can be seen here.  It is summarized in the table below.

Top Modern Coaches
Played in NBA
Played in the NFL
Overall win%
Reg Season
total champ
Total Coaches

Like in the Athlon NBA list, there is a stronger presence of coaches who did play in the NBA than there is in the NFL.  29 out of 44 elite coaches had played in the NBA or 65.9% while 23 out of 51 NFL coaches or 45.1%.  This difference is statistically significant with a p-value of 0.045.  The coaches who played in the NBA had higher winning percentages in the regular season and the playoffs which is a different pattern than in the NFL.  The NBA coaches in the who did and did not play were roughly equal in the number of championships per coach.  Red Auerbach was included in the 15 coaches who did not play.  

There is a difference between the NFL and NBA in their elite coaches with a stronger preference for ones who did play in the NBA.  Among-st the elite coaches there were 9 out of the 44 who were African American in the NBA or 20.4% while in the NFL 4 out of the 51 or 7.8%.  This difference is not statistically significant while close to 70% of the players in both leagues are African American.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Does playing in the NFL help a head coach? Not in the Playoffs.

Vince Lombardi never played in the NFL
NFL Playoff time is upon us.  While my Steelers won't be there there will be plenty of action.  How the coaches handle their personnel will go a long way to determine who wins.  Athlon sports produced a list of the top 25 NFL coaches of all time.  I notices that some of the top coaches on the list never, such as Vince Lombardi and Bill Belichik never played in the NFL while others such as Don Shula, Tom Landry, and Chuck Noll had.  I thought I would take a closer look at whether playing in the NFL was a predictor of their success.

EL Curly Lambeau played and coached the Packers at the same time
The Athlon list had 14 of the 25 coaches who had played in the NFL.  This includes Bill Parcells and John Madden who were drafted but never played a down for their teams.  Three of the early coaches, George Halas, Curly Lambeau, Steve Owen, and Guy Chamberlin, played for and coached their teams at the same time for at least part of their careers.  The coaches who played had a combined record (including playoffs) of 2,656 wins, 1,553 losses, and 110 ties with 34 championships for a winning percentage 62.8%.  The coaches who did not play had a combined record of 1,563 wins, 914 losses, and 30 ties with 24 championships for a winning percentage of 62.9%.

Coaching and playing for their teams was different in the early days than it is today. I looked at the wins and losses for coaches whose careers overlapped the Super Bowl era.  Championships won by Vince Lombardi and Paul Brown won before the Super Bowl Era are included.  This would be a really large list so it was limited to coaches from this era who were on the list or who had taken their teams to a Super Bowl.  This gives a list of 51 coaches, 28 who had not played and 23 who had.  The ones who had played have a combined record of 3,236 wins, 2291 losses, and 36 ties with 21 championships for a 58.5% winning percentage.  The ones who had not had a combined record of 3,512 wins, 2,419 losses and 41 ties with 41 championships for a 59.2% winning percentage.  

Coach Played in NFL
Y (N=23)
N (N=28)
Regular Season Winning %
Playoff Winning %
Overall Winning %
Championships per Coach

Breaking down these numbers by playoff and regular season games in the Super Bowl era, we see where not playing in the NFL makes a difference.  In the regular season, coaches who played had a winning percentage of 58.7% while those who did not had 58.8%, virtually no difference.  In the playoffs however coaches who played had a winning percentage of 54.5% while those who didn't had 58.3%.  This would explain the difference in championships won be these coaches with 41 won by those who did not play (1.42 championships per coach) versus those who did not (21 or 0.91 per coach).  

I can only speculate as to the reasons why elite coaches who did and did not play in the NFL differ on the playoffs on the playoff winning % and championships.  It could be that coaches who played can sympathize with what their players are going through come playoff time.  They might not push their players as hard in the playoffs.  The players have a lot of aches and pains in the playoffs.  

Another reason  could be that the adage "great players do not make great coaches" holds here.  Only a few of the player-coaches could be considered stars on their teams (like Mike Ditka) but they were good enough to make it to the NFL.  You can speculate as to other reasons (i.e. Concussions) for this difference.  You can see the full list of coaches in this post here.  


The NFL just fired 5 of it's 7 African American head coaches. The Steelers Mike Tomlin and the Chargers Mike Lynn are now the only two left in the league.  In the data set used here there were four African American Coaches (7.8% of the total of 51 for the super bowl era).  Three of them did not play in the NFL, Mike Tomlin, Jim Caldwell, and Lovie Smith and one did, Tony Dungy.  All four coaches have a combined winning percentage of 59.7% with 2 championships.  They have a winning % 60.4% in the regular season and 47.8% in the playoffs.  Tomlin and Dungy were listed in the Athlon all time coaches list (8% of the 25).  

According to Dave Zirin at The Nation magazine, the number of African head coaches has never been nigher than 30% of the total head coaches in one year when they are 70% pf the players.  Would a different pattern emerge if I looked at coaches with this experience in the NBA, MLB or NHL?

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