Baseball has its share of reactionary anti-stathead writers, but we certainly don’t have the market cornered. This from an article in The Times entitled “The 50 worst things about modern football”:
American obsession that is gradually weaving itself into the fabric of our national game. Do you care how many assists Wayne Rooney has this season? Do you care how many passes Steve Gerrard has completed in the final third? Do you care if Gareth Barry’s tackle win ratio has dropped off since Christmas? Thought not. There’s only one stat that matters. The score.
It’s one thing to say established stat X is better than new stat Y, but this guy is promoting utter ignorance. Or, as reader and link-supplier Laurence Davison put it: “If these people got a crack at baseball you wouldn’t even be allowed batting average and RBIs.”
I know next to nothing about big time soccer, but I’d say at least 35 of the things on this list have some sort of baseball analog. But you know what? The anti-stat entry isn’t even my favorite one one. This is:
We live in an “Everyone’s entitled to my opinion” kind of world and when it comes to football, everyone’s got one. Rafa’s God. Rafa’s an idiot. Becks is past it. No, he’s not. How can Kaka be worth £100 million? Yeh, but you’d pay £45 to see him play. Stevie G and Lamps can’t play together. But they’re the best we’ve got. Can’t we all just shut up and watch the game?
This from a multi-page column bitching about half a hundred things the author doesn’t care for. If the list of things this guy despises had gone to 51, the last thing listed would be “self-awareness.”