What We’re Reading: February 6

We can’t get over the last play either.

Five days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the debate continues over the Seahawks’ last offensive play call, which saw a Russell Wilson pass intercepted by Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler: Worst call of all time or good decision, bad results?

Statistician Justin Wolfers defends the play call in The New York Times, while The Economist also takes a look at the game theory behind the decision.

The Regressing blog has the backlash to the backlash and a statistical plea to stop defending the indefensible.

Beyond the Super Bowl, this week also featured a huge day in college football with high school seniors making their official commitments on where they’ll play on Saturdays. Signing Day success is a good indicator of future success but hardly a perfect one. Stephen Pettigrew of FiveThirtyEight compares success on signing day with their ensuing results on the field and finds which teams make the most of the recruits they get.

We’ve checked in before in this space about the leagues’ stances on the legalization of gambling as an important sports business issue. David Purdum of ESPN goes deep with NBA Commissioner and SSAC15 panelist Adam Silver about why the NBA is planning on a more liberal legal environment around gambling being a future reality.

With baseball season approaching, the Baseball Prospectus team of Dan Brooks (SSAC14 panelist), Harry Pavlidis (SSAC13 panelist) and Jonathan Judge released something of a refined opus on the data behind catcher framing with new methodology and rankings. Gory math, as they say, but definitely worth the effort to read.