Every week there is commentary in the US press about the productivity of football (NFL and/or college) teams or individual players.
This is not productivity – it is about performance … but fails to use an output/input ratio … the very essence of productivity.
Player performance is important – but US sport (or sports reporters) uses far too many spurious statistics – and language that upsets a relative purist – the winningest team and so on.
They cite previous performances ands results between two teams as if it might have some bearing on the current matchup.
I am sure fans find it interesting … I hope they do because a lot of resource goes into compiling these statistics … but do they can do harm.
I can image in a player on team X saying after a loss to team Y, “Well, its 27 years since we’ve beaten them – what do you expect?” If you build a reputation, some players and teams will succumb to it.
Statistics are real – but can be used to motivate if applied and employed correctly.
Think before you apply measures – in football, and in business