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Ferguson: Uncovering the stories from QB throws in 2019

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When the pandemic hit and lockdowns began, it was a shock to the system for everyone.

What will I do? How will I fill the time? Why can’t I eat all day, not go to a gym and stay fit?

I like to keep busy, so I rediscovered my love for reading to fill some time, when it exists between diaper changes and calming a newborn. There were a number of books I had noted over the last couple years in case I ever had the time to attack them. Some about football, some about nature or history but one was a must-read immediately for me.

Sprawlball by Kirk Goldsberry is the story of one man’s quest to track every shot in the NBA and determine their value. Besides Goldsberry being a fantastic follow for a hoop head like myself on social media, I was fascinated by the precision of his work and – as a visual learner – the simple ways he was able to tell a *basketball* story using numbers.

In a weird way, unknowingly the theory behind our work has overlapped. In 2016, I began calling Hamilton Tiger-Cats games on radio and became frustrated by the lack of unique, tangible data to tell *football* stories with using numbers. As a university quarterback and geography student I couldn’t help but see the overlap from classroom to film room and have always wanted to take the study of Canadian football geography further.

As a result, in 2017 I began tracking every CFL snap, for every CFL team with a particular eye on passing metrics in hopes of understanding not just the entry level question of “who is good and who is bad” but WHY.

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