By Luca Andjelic
It’s that time of year again. The World Series has just wrapped up, both the NHL and the NBA have started their respective seasons, and the Grey Cup game is around the corner. Fantasy leagues are in full swing. Who do you pick? Who do you bench? How can you without taking a serious look at data and objective measurement of players’ performance? Think Moneyball; Scouts still exist, but they rely heavily on stats. And who has the passion for stats and sports, with little else to do but crunch the numbers in their spare time and come up with the best way to identify the next Gretzky, Jordan or Ronaldo? Lisgarites of course!
This school year we are proud to announce the arrival of a new student organization: the Sports Analytics Club! It’s the place to meet students who share your interest in sports, math, statistics and want to combine them all in search of the innovative ways to look at athletes performance and their contribution to the team’s success.
The club members have been gathering every Thursday at lunch in Mr. McDonald’s room to discuss their favourite teams’ accomplishments and failures and analyze what led to them. We’ve started a number of fantasy leagues to test our strategies and analytic prowess and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top and deconstruct what contributed to their success.
If you have a couple hours a week to spare and are looking to meet new people and have fun talking sports, join us any time in room 356 in the South Building. It’s never too late to join a fantasy league or start a new one. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to just sit back, observe and enjoy the ride. ♦