Most people in this, sometimes strange, little corner of the web of ours work pretty hard in their spare time for little or (more usually) no pay. It can be dispiriting when dead ends are hit or hours of work result in 4 favourites and an RT, and so this is an annual way to say to people: “hey, nice job buddy”, because otherwise we might forget to do it.
The established names (your Teds, your Mikes and Other Mikes) get mentioned, so what I’m going to do is mention peoples’ favourite online analysts *of the future*. The [looks at the phrasing of the questionnaire I put together] people who you all are looking forward to seeing more from in the coming year.On a diversity note, it’s heartening that the newer names seem a lot more diverse than the old guard have been, although there’s still only one woman on the list.
I’ll link to their Twitter profiles generally, as that’s how I think everyone got to the questionnaire to fill it in, and most people have links to their blogs or other work from there. (Where people have their names in their Twitter profiles I’ll use them, if not I’ll use their handle)
It’s a bit list-y, but this is essentially a “here’s who you should follow” list for anyone new to the whole ‘sports analysis’ thing
Nils Mackay (only seems fair to mention Nils got a number of mentions)
And now, after a look to the future, here are the people that the public like generally as their favourite online analysts of 2016/17. I’ll mention some of the non-‘stats twitter establishment’ names first. I’m fudging it slightly, but they’re names that either might get overlooked or didn’t come up last year.
“I miss Chad Murphy </3”
Jack Lyons [locked account]
The establishment, or as one respondent calls them ‘the gang etc’