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PFR Blog Takes a Knee

Posted by Sean on November 1, 2011

One of the tough parts of running a business is deciding when to put more effort into something and when to not. After a lot of internal debate, we've decided to stop posting editorial content on the PFR blog.

This obviously has nothing to do with the quality of the content produced by our writers (Chase, Jason Lisk, Doug Drinen, Neil or any of the guest writers). Their posts were phenomenal. I always looked forward to their posts and know you did to. A big thanks to them for making this such a vital place for football discussion and analysis. As a small company, focus is vital for our success, and we are choosing to focus our energy on pumping out as much statistical football data as possible and that means cutting back in other areas.

None of the existing content is going to go away. We'll keep it up here for as long as the site is open (which we intend to be a very long time). If you want more Chase Stuart (and I suspect you do), he will be writing at FootballPerspective.com for the rest of the year, and if you would like to contact him, he's available at Chase@Pro-Football-Reference.com.

Lastly, thank you most of all for your patronage.

34 Comments | Posted in Announcements

Single-Game Performances Added to Leaders Index

Posted by Neil Paine on September 28, 2011

NFL Leaders, Football Records, NFL Leaderboards - Pro-Football-Reference.com

A quick note to let everyone know that we've added single-game leaders to the leaderboard index, including performances from 1940-1959. This means you can see exactly where Tom Brady's Week 1 performance stands all-time:

These records are relatively complete for the 1940-2011 period -- although we only have full box scores for games since 1960, we also have data on all 300+ yard passing & 100+ yard rushing/receiving games going back to 1940. For more in-depth searches on post-1960 records, you should use the Play Index Game Finder tool, but this option is good for quickly looking up single-game records over a greater span of seasons.

11 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Site Features

User Survey – Sports-Reference.com

Posted by Sean on September 19, 2011

User Survey - Sports-Reference.com

In an effort to better serve our users, we've posted a feedback form on our overall company site, http://www.sports-reference.com.

In addition to your feedback, we are looking for a couple dozen volunteers to sign on for occasional, additional surveys and perhaps some early beta testing of new features. We are calling these volunteer groups Sports Reference User Boards. You can still give us feedback without having an interest in being on a user board.

Thank you, as always, for your support and feedback.

6 Comments | Posted in Announcements

P-F-R News: Site up-to-date for 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on September 16, 2011

Just got a message from Mike that I thought I'd pass along... The site is now fully updated for 2011, including player & team stats, boxscores, the Play Index, etc. -- everything that was updating on a regular basis last season is now up to date. In future weeks, we'll be updating the site each morning with stats from the previous day's games.

And as always, we welcome emails about site issues we may have missed, possible new features, or just to shoot the breeze.

11 Comments | Posted in Announcements, P-F-R News, Site Features

PFR for Mobile: m.pfref.com

Posted by Sean on September 9, 2011

Our Mobile Site: http://m.pfref.com/

Sports Reference is all about providing information where and when you need it as quickly and as easily as possible. We are pleased to now offer a mobile version of Pro-Football-Reference.com optimized for the most common mobile devices. http://m.pfref.com/

3 Comments | Posted in Announcements, P-F-R News

Site Speed

Posted by Sean on August 24, 2011

I try to be very careful with how the site's code is structured, so that the pages will load and render as blazingly fast a possible. Users like it and it can have a direct impact on our bottom line.

One item that has been out of my control is the ad code we include on the pages. Some of these ads load 5-15 additional files and quite frankly some of the ad servers don't seem to have a good idea of what speed means, so the pages hang and we get lots of frustrated e-mails. As well as being frustrated ourselves.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcements, General

Added: 2011 Pages, Historical Coordinator Data

Posted by Neil Paine on August 12, 2011

As you may have noticed this week, we now have 2011 team pages on the site. Right now these have the team's 2011 schedule & draftees, but they will be populated with 2011 stats when the regular season begins.

Mike also added the 2011 Draft page, and has made it possible to sponsor drafted players right now -- so get your Cam Newton sponsorship while it's hot.

Last but not least, we now have complete team coordinator info going back to the early 1970s. In addition to being awesome in and of itself, this data also allows us to list a coach's "coaching tree" -- coaches that he worked under as an assistant a coordinator or were his subordinates as a head coach.  (Thanks to Scott Kacsmar, who helped us enter this data.)

6 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Site Features

PFR Improvements (July 22, 2011)

Posted by Neil Paine on July 22, 2011

The owners and players may still be struggling to agree on a CBA, but we're definitely ready for some football. Our new programmer Mike Kania has been hard at work for the past nine weeks, and here are some of the new site features he has implemented today:

  • A better, faster navigation system along the top of all pages (roll-over the "[+]" to expand the menu and get more choices).
  • Fixes to various bugs, especially with regard to Approximate Value.
  • Row summation for player gamelogs -- click the rows of any two games, and we'll display the total stats accumulated over that span.

There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned. And be sure to email us if you have any questions or comments about the site.

16 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Site Features

Mike Kania joins Sports Reference Team

Posted by Sean on June 2, 2011

I'm pleased to announce that Mike Kania has joined Sports Reference as a web developer. Mike previously worked as a developer for SixApart and AOL and also designed the very valuable reference site HasTheLargeHadronColliderDestroyedTheWorldYet.com. He dramatically increases the number of Cleveland fans on staff (bringing us to one) and works in our Philadelphia office. Mike will be focusing on football initially. He's been on the job a couple of weeks and is already close to rolling out a couple of new features on the football site.

9 Comments | Posted in Announcements

Football StatHead: May 6, 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on May 6, 2011

Football StatHead: May 6, 2011

Today at Stathead, more draft grades from CHFF, and an ongoing discussion about Markov models and football.

11 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Checkdowns, StatHead

Football StatHead: May 4, 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on May 4, 2011

Football StatHead: May 4, 2011

Today's Stathead entries include links to Smart Football, The Sports Economist, and a Cold Hard Football Facts draft study that used PFR data.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Checkdowns, StatHead

Football StatHead: May 3, 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on May 3, 2011

Football StatHead: May 3, 2011

Today's Stathead entries feature research from Jason Lisk and a new edition of JQAS.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Checkdowns, StatHead

Stathead Blog

Posted by Sean on April 25, 2011

Sports Reference's New Blog: Stathead

I have to admit that I find it very hard to follow all of the great research that people are producing every day on the web. Just for football, culling through the good stuff on Football Outsiders, Cold Hard Football Facts and Advanced NFL Stats is hard enough, but when you add in team blogs, other stathead blogs and everything else, it becomes impossible. This doesn't even include trying to locate recent research in hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer.

So we've decided to do something about it. Every weekday, the Stathead blog will summarize the best research-related studies, news, conferences, and resources for baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer.

The blog will primarily be edited by Neil Paine and will typically feature 20-30 links to analytic content around the internet. We've been working out the format over the last two weeks, and we think you'll soon appreciate our concise summaries for all of the articles we write about.

Feedback as always is welcome.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Business, Insane ideas, P-F-R News, Site Features

Site Features: Check Out the Play Index!

Posted by Neil Paine on March 30, 2011

Here's another reminder for everyone to check out the Pro-Football-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through every player's stats (since 1920) for single or combined seasons that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through our game logs (since 1960) for individual games that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Touchdown Finder to search through every TD since 1940 for plays that match your criteria.
  • Use the Team Game Finder to isolate specific games or seasons matching certain criteria.
  • Use the Super Bowl Play Finder to search through every play in Super Bowl History (we'll be adding 2009 soon as well -- our apologies for the delay!)
  • Use the PFR Draft Finder to search through every NFL and AFL draft pick.
  • Use our Boxscore Search Tools to find head-to-head results, or all-time games matching a particular score.

And best of all, these features are 100% free to use!

So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

6 Comments | Posted in Announcements, P-F-R News, Play Index, Site Features

2011 NCAA Tournament Game Previews

Posted by Neil Paine on March 17, 2011

To get you prepared for the matchups in this year's NCAA Tournament, we now have printable game previews at SR/College Basketball:

Game Previews | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com

Each preview contains key information about both teams, including SRS ratings; offensive and defensive ratings; and player statistics from the 2010-11 season. Check them out, and increase your knowledge when watching the games this month!

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Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Posted by Neil Paine on March 11, 2011

Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Sports Reference is hiring a web developer this spring. Please see the link above for details and how to apply.

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Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Posted by Neil Paine on March 9, 2011

Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Sports Reference is hiring a web developer this spring. Please see the link above for details and how to apply.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcements, P-F-R News

Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Posted by Neil Paine on March 7, 2011

Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Sports Reference is hiring a web developer this spring. Please see the link above for details and how to apply.

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Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Posted by Neil Paine on March 2, 2011

Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Sports Reference is hiring a web developer this spring. Please see the link above for details and how to apply.

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Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Posted by Sean on February 28, 2011

Jobs @ Sports Reference: Web Developer

Sports Reference is hiring a web developer this spring. Please see the link above for details and how to apply.

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