Scorecasting

  • by L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz
  • Narrated by Zach McLarty
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost.
Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more.
Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals:


Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I are
Why professional teams routinely overvalue draft picks
The myth of momentum or the "hot hand" in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to it
Why NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations--even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning.

In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.

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What the Critics Say

"The closest thing to Freakonomics I've seen since the original. A rare combination of terrific storytelling and unconventional thinking. I love this book..." (Steven D. Levitt, Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, and co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

9 out of 10 people will like this!

Being a sports fan and a "stats-guy" I absolutely loved this book. I found it to be extremely interesting and will definitely recommend this title to others!
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- steve

Decent

This is the rare occasion where I might reccomend the real book over the audio version. The book is a bit numbers and tables heavy and would be easier to see those in print rather than hear them recited. Other than that the book was pretty good. It covers a variety of sports and topics. Some parts were a bit dry, but overall would reccomend it!
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- joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio