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Brian Burke is back for the final AFA podcast of the 2014-15 NFL season. Brian and Dave discuss the Patriots deflated ball controversy with a quick recap of high school physics before analyzing the key analytical storylines of Super Bowl XLIX. They look at the role of analytics in the TV broadcast, break down the key matchups on both sides of the ball and finish up the show by predicting which team will be crowned the 2015 Super Bowl champion.
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For whatever reason, the Patriots do have exceptional ball security, especially for an outdoors team. And I mean exceptional.
I was intrigued by a link sent to me via Twitter at Sharp Football Analysis, a handicapping site. The article demonstrated that NE's ball security was an outlier to the tune of several standard deviations. The charts are convincing, and the implication is that NE benefitted from under-inflated balls is unmistakable. But I wasn't sure how much stock to put in the numbers for a couple reasons. One is that they were so extraordinary they seemed unlikely to be true. And…
John Urschel, offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens and accomplished mathematician, rejoins the show to recap his rookie year in the NFL. John covers a wide variety of topics, from describing his toughest blocking assignments, to how he makes his pre-snap reads, to breaking down how he handles crowd noise. The show concludes with a recap of some of John’s off-the-field activities, including his current mathematical research and volunteer work teaching math to Baltimore high school students.
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Brian Burke is back for the final AFA podcast of the 2014-15 NFL season. Brian and Dave discuss the Patriots deflated ball controversy with a quick recap of high school physics before analyzing the key analytical storylines of Super Bowl XLIX.