Submitted by lambert on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 7:42pm
I know nothing about sports, but this story is interesting; why we used to buy the Sunday Times.
For most of its history basketball has measured not so much what is important as what is easy to measure — points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots — and these measurements have warped perceptions of the game. (“Someone created the box score,” Morey says, “and he should be shot.”)
Drunks looking for the key under the lamp post.
I wonder how many other metrics we use every day are like that?