Limerick’s gritty collectivism was the story of the 2018 hurling championship. The side coached by Paul Kinnerk illustrated what hurling played at its best looks like and presented us with a welcome reminder that individual brilliance is not the only sort of brilliance worth celebrating. The basis for the following statistical study of the Limerick performances is to identify some of the more interesting patterns associated with those displays in the hope that others can learn from such excellence.
A formation is perfect before the game – everyone is in the right place. The problem is that then the game starts and the players ruin it by running aroundWashington Etchamendi, Uruguayan football manager
Without data you’re just another person with an opinionW Edwards Deming, US statistician
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.Vernon Law, Pittsburgh Pirates
What is true is more important than what you believe because what is true will give you an edge.Bill James, Boston Red Sox
The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.David Viscott, author
A man with new ideas is mad until he succeedsMarcelo Bielsa, Argentina
In an interview with The Blizzard former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson declared: “I don’t think the media are actually that interested in what happens in game of football”.
This is significant – the narratives which dominate media coverage of sporting events, generally, do not mirror the conversations that elite sports people or those interested in the factors which actually contribute to sporting success have with one another.
There’s a difference between
living and being aliveJim McGuinness, Glasgow Celtic