ST JOHN’S — When Brian Cassidy first started analyzing and documenting how curlers were executing on a ice, there was a high turn of skepticism.
“Typically you’d hear a players contend a usually numbers they cared about was a final score,” Cassidy said. “And they didn’t consider there was useful information we were collecting.”
It wasn’t until media started throwing onto a numbers Cassidy was compiling that players started to compensate some-more attention. But he admits it wasn’t an easy sell. Cassidy pronounced when he started tracking shots about 30 years ago it was a “mish-mash” of information and not really nurse during all.
“It wasn’t an modernized scholarship during that time,” he said. “One of my tasks was perplexing to classify a element and benefaction it in an nurse demeanour so a media and a teams could know it.”
Everything altered in a precipitate about 10 years ago, when Cassidy said players and teams became fixated on a statistics and started regulating it to their advantage and to urge their curling game.
“As we lift a bar and classify a information better, a media gets a information out there and a players compensate attention,” he said.
For his untiring stat-tracking, Cassidy will be inducted this week into a Canadian Curling Hall of Fame for building a game’s initial statistical scoring program.
“It means a ultimate acceptance of a pursuit good done,” Cassidy pronounced during this year’s Brier. “I’ve doing this for about 30 years and we now know a work I’ve finished is really appreciated.”
Cassidy also won a Curling Canada Award of Achievement in 1992, and was allocated to a Governor General’s Curling Club in 1996.
The explanation is in a numbers
If there’s one male who knows a statistical regulation for winning a curling game, it’s Cassidy. He’s a formula manager during a 2017 Brier in St. John’s, creation it his 81st curling eventuality he has tracked a numbers for.
That series includes 21 Briers, 19 Scotties, 20 juniors, universe and churned events, as good as being a formula curling manager during a 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
“I consider it helps to tell a universe statistics are critical and it is useful and if we do a pursuit good we will be rewarded,” he said.
And Cassidy said about 90 per cent of a time a teams who are rewarded in a curling diversion are a teams that have a total improved commission over their opponent.
“Equally or some-more critical is a commission of a team. If we can outshoot my competition during any position I’m probably going to win a game.”
That’s substantially not overly surprising, Cassidy said. But he follows that adult by observant there’s an peculiar spectacle shot in a curling diversion here and there and can askance a stats.
“Sometimes a Hail Mary shot will lift a diversion out from a reduce percentage.”
The biggest change for Cassidy over all these years for is a record in tracking all a numbers. He said the early days were a paper-shuffling nightmare.
“We remade a lot of photocopiers,” he said. “I’m gay that we are now past that and we can email a results.”
But for all a technological advancements, Cassidy and a scoring group still write down all a numbers, coop on paper, should a mechanism ever let them down.