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"Football Freakonomics": When Good Stats Go Bad

The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. What do Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, and MarTay Jenkins have in common? Yes, wise guy,…



Video: Introducing "Football Freakonomics"

Last week, we told you about our new project with the NFL Network called “Football Freakonomics.” We’ll be posting segments here as they air throughout the season. “Football Freakonomics” will…





Football Freakonomics: The Frozen Conundrum

(Photo: macwagen) The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics project. Well, it’s January. And even though my team stumbled into inglorious, injury-plagued defeat,…



Football Freakonomics: Born or Made?

(Photo: Brittany Randolph) The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics project. There are a lot of things that need to go right for…



"Football Freakonomics": Incentives

Four Vince Lombardi trophies belonging to the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo: Brandi Korte) The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. Today’s question on…




"Football Freakonomics": Is Momentum a Myth?

The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. Is momentum a myth? That’s the question we ask in our latest installment of Football…



"Football Freakonomics": Tradeoffs Are Everywhere

The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. Economics is all about tradeoffs. If you want to buy a top-tier performance car, it’ll…





"Football Freakonomics": Why Even Ice a Kicker?

The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. Icing the kicker: Even casual football fans have come to expect that when a game…




"Football Freakonomics:" Is Momentum a Myth?

In the first segment of “Football Freakonomics” on the NFL Network, Dubner examines the phenomenon of momentum and whether we can actually prove its existence in football games. Here’s a…



"Football Freakonomics": Icing the Kicker

In the second segment of “Football Freakonomics,” Dubner examines the strategy of “icing the kicker,” a fairly recent trend in the NFL where an opposing coach will call a timeout…



"Football Freakonomics": Controversy

In this segment of “Football Freakonomics,” Dubner looks at how players perform after returning from controversial suspensions and jail-time. Last time on “Football Freakonomics,” how impressive stats sometimes indicate bad…



Football Freakonomics: Who's Peaking?

(Photo: tyle_r) The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. The preliminaries are finally over. As we head into the first weekend of…





Football Freakonomics Nominated for a Sports Emmy

I had a blast working with the NFL Network/NFL.com on our Football Freakonomics series this season, and now we’ve been nominated for a Sports Emmy in “Outstanding New Approaches, Sports…



"Football Freakonomics": When Good Stats Go Bad

In the third segment of “Football Freakonomics,” Dubner examines how impressive stats in the NFL are often indicative of bad results. For example, we all want a quarterback who throws…




“Football Freakonomics”: Tebow Timing

The following is a cross-post from NFL.com, where we’ve recently launched a Football Freakonomics Project. This segment aired before last Sunday’s Patriots-Broncos game. Tebow at a game in Denver on…




Is the Analytics Revolution Coming to Football?

In the New Republic, Nate Cohn explores the small but growing role of advanced statistics in football. Projects like Football Freakonomics notwithstanding, the NFL isn’t usually thought of as a…



Are Super Bowl Ads Too Cheap?

(Photo: Alex Murphy) The following is a cross-post from our Football Freakonomics project at NFL.com. The Super Bowl has by now become such an institution – it’s practically a second…



The Hidden Side of the Super Bowl (Ep. 59)

…show where the reality doesn’t quite match the myth. (You can find more of this stuff at our Football Freakonomics project at NFL.com.) Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal is already a…




What Does Tim Tebow Pray For?

In a recent Football Freakonomics video about Tim Tebow, I made a connection between his faith and performance: Tebow is hardly the first NFL quarterback to be demonstrative about his…