Hello GridFe readers! I’m Adam Steele, co-owner / cohort in cahoots with Bryan Frye.
I’m a Bayesian to the core, motivated by the idealistic goal of unearthing the truth in as many areas of life as possible. Within the context of football analysis, there are very few absolute truths, so the best we can do is piece together direct and circumstantial evidence to formulate educated guesses. When I say, “Player X is better than Player Y,” I really mean, “Based on available evidence, I’m N% sure Player X is better than Player Y, and this probability is subject to change if new evidence presents itself.”
I guess I’m supposed to divulge personal information to make myself appear more human and accessible, so here’s a few tidbits…I live solo in a small mountain cabin in the middle of nowhere, which inflicts me with a severe deficit in keeping up with pop culture and other trivialities that are allegedly vital aspects of American life. Basically, I’m a Grade A weirdo and proud of it. My path into sports analytics has been unconventional; I’m as far removed from academia as a person could be, but I’ve always loved statistics and (over)analyzing the world around me. I’ve learned a lot about statistics from reading Wikipedia, because everything they publish is 100% true and credible. More importantly, I’ve learned a great deal from picking the brains of analytics folk who know vastly more than I do.
My mission for TheGridFe is to provide a forum for all of us to expand our understanding of the game of football. The arrows points both directions; I hope you learn a thing or two from Bryan and I, but we want to learn from you, as well. When you visit our website, everything we know will be out in the open. We will never hide our data behind the veil of proprietary, because accessible public data is a right, not a privilege bestowed upon a select few.
Feel free to email me at thegridfe [at] gmail [dot] com…
…and follow me on Twitter @2mileshigh.