Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Night Links

I took the second week of my three week vacation very seriously and didn't post a Friday Night Links, so this week's post will be longer than normal as it covers two weeks worth of material. Let's get to it.

New Blogs, Magazines, and Books

This week I have two new things I am reading.

  • Issue 1 of The Blizzard came out on Thursday. I snapped up a copy for myself and am eagerly awaiting its electronic delivery (unfortunately, the guys had a bit of trouble with their ordering system on launch day that they're resolving now). I grabbed Issue 0 when they first published it, and loved every one of its 187 pages. If you don't know about the Blizzard, head over to their website and check it out. I love it so much that I harbor a not-so-secret desire to have an article published in their wonderful quarterly magazine at some point. A boy can dream...
  • Dan Kennett turned me on to Lewis Tong's Squeezing My Skull blog last week. The blog is new and only has a few posts so far, but it has covered topics near and dear to my heart - the econometrics of soccer. Check it out and give Lewis some feedback on his efforts.
Links of the Week
It's a long weekend here in the US, which serves as our unofficial start of summer. I will enjoy the conclusion to the European soccer season like everyone else on Saturday, and then pivot to focus on the US game over the next several months. We have the middle third of our domestic league season to contend with before Europe returns to play in August, as well as the Gold Cup and a slew of friendlies featuring European clubs. It's going to be a good summer.

Next week I also return to regular posts of original statistical analysis. I'll use next week to give you some previews of what I am working on, and ease back into regular posts over that week. I've got a slate of posts planned throughout the summer, so even though the EPL is on break I will not be. Thanks for sticking around and waiting out my much needed three week break. I am convinced it will make my posts over the next several months all the better. Have a great weekend, and I will see you guys on the back side.

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