Scorecasting by Tobias Moskowitz & L. Jon Wertheim


By Tobias Moskowitz & L. Jon Wertheim

  • Release Date: 2011-01-25
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 3.5
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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 areWhy 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 itWhy 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.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Great read!

    By East46th
    If you enjoy sports and digging a little deeper, this is a terrific book. And the nuggets therein can be pulled into sports conversations throughout the year. Really enjoyed this book!
  • Great book

    By whatever_whatever
    What sport benefits the most from home-field advantage? Would you rather have a team with 1 superstar and a bunch of average players, or no superstars, but a bunch of really good players? Does defense really win championships? Read this book to find out! I wouldn't call myself a huge sports fan, but I found this book fun to read nonetheless. It's the kind of book you can read out of order, jumping around to whichever chapter seems interesting.
  • Great read for sports fans who want "the truth"

    By doughgha
    Great, well written read. I found myself continuously having to acknowledge that i held many of the biases that they then would granularly and convincingly destroy through data. Long live the mathematicians! And long live sport! It turns out that they DO, actually, go together.
  • Cubzfan4ever

    By jambo mambo kambo lambo
    A fantastic sports book that has an excellent statistical side to it as well! A must read for any sports fan!