Lindsey Vonn Retires

Lindsey Vonn was born in Minnesota, got her start  skiing from a venue called Buck  Hill. It truly was just a hill, having only a 300 ft. elevation. She was an active participant in the Minnesota ski scene, being a member of the Buck Hill ski team. She won a lot on the local scene, and decided to test herself against the best, the US had to offer.

She eventually moved to Colorado, where she began to hone her skills, on the best ski venues, in Colorado. She developed into a US Superstar. She eventually headed to Europe to ski against the best in the world. She began competing successfully on the best venues in  the world accomplishing the following resume:

  • 82 World Cup victories. The most by any women in history.

  • 14 World Cup Season victories.

  • She won in every ski discipline. Only women to do so.

  • 214 Top Ten finishes. A women’s record.

  • She won one Olympic Gold Medal in the 2010 Olympics, becoming the first American, to win an Olympic downhill race  in history.

  • She won an additional 3 bronzes, while competing in 4 Olympics.

Vonn will always be defined as aggressive & fearless. In her later years she showed the competitiveness along with the will & commitment, she made to return to the world ski scene. following many of her spectacular crashes.

It’s hard to believe that a girl born and raised on the flat roaming countryside in Minnesota, would arguably become the best skier of all-time. We in Minnesota are proud to claim her as our GOAT.

College Basketball Analytics Need Analyzing

 

I recently read about a new evaluation tool, for the NCAA to help determine the participants, in the annual NCAA Basketball Tourney. The new tool is called the NET. Here is what will factor into the NET:

  1. Game results

  2. Net offensive and defensive efficiency

  3. Winning percentage

  4. Adjusted winning percentage

  5. Scoring Margin (capped at ten points per game)

A NCAA Vice President, said it’s going to be a great opportunity, for the committee, to have a modern and more contemporary and sophisticated metric, to use as the primary metric, in the process to evaluate teams.

Many coaches have expressed their feeling that NET almost forces you to strive for big winning margins. To move up in NET you have to have wins with an excess of at least 10 points. A good quality win, against a ranked team, under 10 points is not counted in the system.

Using the University of Minnesota as an example. They are currently the number #50 in the NET process, yet they rank #33 in the RPI. Look at the discrepancy. That would be the difference, between being a number 7 seed, and probably a 11 or 12 seed. While the Gophers are 16-5, Indiana is 12-10 having lost 8 in  row. Indiana is # 48 in the NET and # 66 in RPI. Under the new system, Indiana would go to the big dance, before Minnesota. So much for using analytics to improve the system. We may as well select teams for the big dance, by the team colors.