Every year, the day after the All Star Game in the host city, there takes place an event which is, in my ever so humble opinion, quite a bit more interesting that the game itself. The Annual Symposium on Statistics in Sports
is just what it sounds like- a gathering of some of the biggest nerds you've ever seen in your life, all eager to teach the secrets of the universe - or at least why VORP is overrated - to anyone and everyone willing to listen.
The Symposium will take place on the campus of the
University of Missouri St. Louis on the 15th of July, from 10 am to 2
pm. You can get all the pertinent information from the UMSL website
. Not only is attendance free, they'll even send you a parking pass for the event.
Among the speakers are John Vuch
, Minor League Director for the Cardinals, Gilbert Fellingham
, professor of statistics at Brigham Young University
, and, with all due respect to the other speakers, the man I'm most interested to hear from, Paul Bessire
, quantitative analyst for WhatIfSports.com
You may have heard of What If Sports recently; Fox Sports Midwest is
currently holding a simulated tournament of Cardinal championship teams
using their software. However, as is usually the case, what is now
being done by the mainstream guys was already done - and much better, I
might add - before, only without quite so much useless fanfare.
of Viva El Birdos
and Dan Shoptaw
of C70 at the bat
held their own Tournament of Champions
last year, with help from a bunch of the other VEB members, using that
same software from What If Sports. I found the idea fascinating at the
time, and still do; what would teams, and players, from vastly
different eras look like facing each other?
Anyhow, I recommend you get yourself a parking pass and an invite, and go get your nerd on properly.