Technology in American football — the state of play

Though it seems like a new-fangled part of what makes the NFL stand out as a modern, globalized sport, the methods of data collection go back longer than most believe.  The question for the long term seems to be the discerning power of technology versus the guys in the striped shirts.

Prior to the introduction of computer chips, it was down to the home team’s statistician to pay close attention to the action. There would, of course, then be the painstaking process of video replays. In any case, there was always a risk of stats being skewed. However, the advent of computer chips and wireless technology enables accuracy like never before.

Last year, the latest major step forward was made, when Zebra Technologies collaborated with the NFL to provide RFID chips that could be placed inside balls. Data is now collected by radio frequency signals, with the chip primarily designed to measure how fast the football moves for kicking scenarios. So too does it track the rotation of the ball in mid-air, as in how much and how quickly it spins, and what impact this has on pass accuracy.

A world of possibilities

The use of a similar technology has been active in NFL since 2014, with chips also found in the shoulder pads of players to measure acceleration, speed, distance and tackling as the primary focal areas. Fulfilling the primary aim of measuring impact is vital towards developing the plans of coaches and the training regimes of players.

With this set to work in tandem alongside the newer ball chips, there is optimism that the overall quality of NFL games can improve, thereby increasing the marketability of the franchises within.

Greater marketability will also precipitate other events, which ensure that the NFL’s popularity does not wane. Such eventualities may include the potential for more investment into youth and college football, an expansion of markets in sports wagering and – of course – even more investment into data retrieval technology.

The second of those potential areas for growth is, naturally, not without its opponents. Yet, with data now more accurate than ever before, it is expected by the American Football Alliancethat live telemetry will also be used sooner than many believe, to facilitate a wider range of im-play betting markets.

The trends within the potential new markets – assuming that they become reality in the short term – will also give a more accurate portrayal of what is expected from certain players. Thus, in a circular way, this could potentially influence coaching, playbook considerations and gameplay decisions for the better, from grassroots level all the way up to the Super Bowl.

Human judgement still with role to play

Other stats like forced fumbles, passing frequency, passing speed vs distance vs accuracy, and – of course – the number of yards gained by players on the offensive also make up a major part of the telemetry. This will also help teams at grassroots level, such as the Louisville Cardinals, who went an indifferent 2-2 in the first four matches of September 2018, leaving the coaching staff with many a key decision to make.

Though there is clear confidence in the chips now used, they are still in a state of evolution at present and will be largely restricted to player metricsfor the time being. While they may play a role in regulation changes over a longer period of time, their role in making crucial decisions in the immediacy is still nonexistent. Touchdown calls, for instance, still rely largely on human judgement but there is every indication that this could change in the future as video technology evolves concurrently.

Though most believe that technological developments are moving in the right direction, the chip’s primary weakness is measuring first downs, given that there is a six-inch margin of error in all directions that is currently in the process of being worked on by those involved in developing the chip. Chips cannot yet account for whether or not limbs are on the ground, thus keeping this type of potentially game-changing call subject to human judgement for the time being.

Beefing up on the basics from an insider

Make or break you

If there is one thing sports bettors love to capitalize on, it’s a strong trend. The Major League Baseball season makes or breaks many bankrolls as the 162-game schedule lends itself to many patterns. Some are very simple while others take a bit of research and filtering to discover. For example, road favorites have dominated the early portion of the 2018 schedule, winning roughly two-thirds of their games and taking advantage of early-season MLB betting lines. A simple $100 per game bettor would be up over $2,600 just by betting road favorites. I said trends can make or break you. The same bettor in April of 2017 would have lost over $1,300. It is more vital in baseball than any other sport to be on the good side of trends in the data. Below we will discuss a few patterns that have formed in recent years and the likelihood that they continue this summer.

Staying Hot

Over the past two seasons, home underdogs have played remarkably well following an offensive explosion of at least ten runs. Be it due to increased confidence or the opponent’s depleted bullpen, bettors backing these dogs have cashed in a nice paycheck. While not profitable every year, home underdogs following a ten run game have netted bettors an ROI of 3.2% since 2004. Remember, the longer a trend holds up for, the less likely it is a fluke.

Anti-Trap Game?

In college football, good teams are often susceptible to trap games. This is when you have a big matchup the following week that preoccupies your attention and causes you to lose to a team you shouldn’t. Perhaps playing every day negates this psychological effect as you never hear the term to describe baseball games. Interestingly enough, the numbers seem to indicate that MLB teams actually play better when a key opponent is up next on the schedule. Since 2014, favorites off of a win who still have one more game against a non-division opponent before facing a division opponent have a whopping ROI of 10.5%. In 2017 the trend was as strong as ever, treating bettors to a 17.7% ROI. Why is this the case? It could be that in a sport where you play everyday and momentum is so important, teams like to get hot before playing a key opponent as opposed to saving everything for that opponent.

Redeem Yourself

In a trend that has shown a remarkable 17.1% ROI since 2015, road underdogs perform exceptionally well when their starting pitcher had a bad start his last time out. We consider a bad start to be four or fewer innings while allowing five or more earned runs. This trend shows that these guys are professionals. Although the media, fans, and betting public may turn on them after a bad outing, they display extraordinary resiliency and get the job done. Very few people like to back a pitcher who just got rocked. Being bold and taking advantage of skewed lines are two qualities necessary to turn a large profit betting sports.

 

Students of the University of Louisville, have you played an online casino game?

 The pastime is now something of a requirement if one is looking for a rather simplistic way of making money

 Have you ever looked at your own bank account or wallet and wondered where your money goes? As a student, it probably feels like part of the territory in having minimal funds to do whatever you want, especially when friends are constantly asking you to participate in activities that requires money. Fret not, there are various ways for you to earn money. There is of course the option of getting a ‘traditional job’ that has you working a set amount of hours at a set wage, but in doing so you lose out on more of your social time. Have you maybe considered the quickest way of earning big money at little to no cost at all? Have you thought about playing online casino games?

 We know that it can be a difficult topic to wrap your head around, you hear so many bad things about online gaming that you forget about the good that this industry can bring. Sites such as 666 Casino, 666casino.com, have reported massive spikes in players aged 20-24 which is partly due to the fact that these slots are so generous in the amount of money they relay back to the individual playing these games. We have spoken to a variety of students across the states about online casino games, and they all tell us the same thing. The consensus seems to be very positive in that it is a sure-fire way of earning some money alongside your studies. 

 These sites are packed full of different online casino games for you to choose from. You might find that you are better at online poker than blackjack, if that’s the case why not search for blackjack and see what comes of it. Normally you would have to travel to a casino to play these types of games, but most of the graphics in these games are so good that it can be difficult to tell the difference between reality and digital. We understand that students are normally stricken with time constraints which only gives you more reason to play these casino games as they can be played at anytime (and anywhere due to some mobile games).

 If you are someone who’s never played an online casino game before — or even a casino game before — don’t worry. Most of these casino games feature rules and how to play sections that will walk you through the basics. You’ll be an expert in no time due to the various different features that encourages multiple rounds depending on how much you want to get out of these games. You might find that this is just a rather fun hobby, or it could turn into a real money-maker if you are really that dedicated. So the next time you think about earning some money, why not consider online casino gaming and defy your own financial expectations.

Louisville vs. Kentucky – The great rivalry

Sports rivalries are nothing new and they’re certainly not unique to Kentucky universities. In fact, for some people, sports rivalries are part of the fun of the world of athletics in the first place. However, for the sports fans mired in the Kentucky and Louisville rivalry, things get so ugly that joy gets lost along the way.

rivalryThe rivalry between the Cardinals and the Wildcats isn’t just one of the biggest rivalries in the world of men’s college basketball. It’s one of the biggest rivalries in the entire sporting world. UofL vs. UK inspires lots of heated discussion and conflict even in the best of times.

People who live outside of Kentucky and who don’t really follow the world of sports might find the rivalry baffling. All fandom knowledge is like that to a certain extent. Some people would love to learn how stuff works at the Royal Vegas casino. Other people aren’t even aware of the Royal Vegas casino and would barely even be able to connect to the world of online gambling even if someone told them about the Royal Vegas casino in detail. However, all fandom discussions tend to be interesting from a broader societal perspective, and the Louisville vs. Kentucky rivalry is no exception.

The interest in college sports varies from state to state. However, it’s particular potent in Kentucky, which has no pro-affiliated sports teams. It’s the perfect environment for the Louisville vs. Kentucky rivalry to thrive. If these two colleges were located further apart from one another, given the size of the state of Kentucky, the rivalry might not be as bad.

However, many local individuals are going to run into each other all the time in the wake of conflicts associated with both sports teams. Local individuals feel pressured to swear strong allegiance to their most nearby university, but they’re constantly in contact with their rivals in a way that just wouldn’t happen with a lot of other pairs of competing sports teams.

The fact that both Louisville fans and Kentucky fans are about equally matched in their team loyalty and passion for their respective fandoms tends to make the rivalry even more intense. Even then, the rivalry might not be as bad if one of the teams were vastly less successful than its rival. However, almost any objective observer outside of Kentucky would probably say that the Cardinals and the Wildcats were really both teams that had a great track record.

When there’s a huge power differential between two teams, the rivalry takes on a very different character. However, this really isn’t the case with the Cardinals and the Wildcats. It’s often the proverbial close games in any activity that are the most exciting, and they tend to involve the fiercest competition. The competition between the Cardinals and the Wildcats and their dearest fans never ends.