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Pass Atlas: A Map of Where NFL Quarterbacks Throw the Ball

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"Football’s analytics are evolving quickly. Thanks to new forms of data and emerging kinds of analyses, teams, media, and fans are gaining new insights into on-field performances."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 30, 2013 9:27 AM
Esri did a map of some stars successful and unsuccessful passes. I think it was Magic Johnson. Pretty interesting!
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 30, 2013 9:27 AM
Esri did a map of some stars successful and unsuccessful passes. I think it was Magic Johnson. Pretty interesting!
megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 8:42 PM
This article explains how people come up with the statistics that they can for each player. Using spatial thinking anaylsts can figure out where a player is best on the field. Where players "sweet spots" are on the field or where a player is most effective when playing. It is crazy how people even thought of this.
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All-Star Final Vote Distribution Visualization

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Data visualization of the 2013 MLB All-Star Final Vote distribution

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Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 14, 2013 10:34 AM

AnotherAa other great geography source

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Spatial Analysis of LBJ

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LeBron explains how he transformed himself into a ruthlessly efficient scoring machine.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 29, 2013 7:22 AM

This series of spatial diagrams (dare I say, maps?) shows how the offense game of LeBron James has changed dramatically over the last few years, greatly increasing his efficiency.  Do you know of a basketball-loving student that might appreciate spatial analysis more when seen through the lens of their favorite sport? 


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Trisha Klancar's curator insight, March 30, 2013 6:36 AM

Okkk. This is really fun to watch... why not map it out!!

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Pigskin Geography

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Pigskin Geography is a 17-week program that motivates students to learn United States geography by tracking the travels of competing professional football teams with the NFL schedule.

 

Pigskin Geography is an incredibly dynamic way to teach the geography of the United States. Specifically tailored for 4-6 grade students, this program gives students a series of 17 weekly activities that are adapted to the NFL schedule that week. These questions do NOT rely on football knowledge, but uses this as an opportunity to introduce vocabulary teams, and explore other places. For example: “This week the New Orleans Saints will ‘march’ over Cairo, IL, going to their game in Green Bay, WI. Locate Cairo at the southern end of the Illinois. Cairo is located at the CONFLUENCE of the _______ River and the _________________River.”

 

Tags: USA, sport, K12, geography, GeographyEducation, training.


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Christopher John's curator insight, April 23, 11:14 AM

Football Stuff for Geography

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The Geography of College Football Fans

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The possible realignment of college football conferences raises a host of interesting questions about fan loyalty.

 

As the regular season ends, SEC country (the Deep South) feels vindicated while the Midwest feels underappreciated.  Why is college sports more regionalized in fan bases?  How is realignment reshaping these geographies? 


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Video: "Way Back Home"

Way Back Home is the incredible new riding clip from Danny MacAskill, it follows him on a journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle o...

 

This extreme sports clip is infused with gorgeous physical landscapes and marvelously quaint, iconic cultural landscapes.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 18, 6:11 AM

This extreme sports clip is infused with gorgeous physical landscapes and marvelously quaint, iconic cultural landscapes (and I love the music).  This is one of my favorite videos, and in my based-paced geography videos collection.  


Tag: Scotland, sport, landscape.

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Red Sox Radio Rivalry | Bostonography

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A fun visualization about the geography of sports fans, specifically where can you get a radio signal for games for the Red Sox or Yankees games.  


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Brett Sinica's curator insight, September 27, 2013 9:16 AM

Now this is very interesting.  First of all I live along the coast of Eastern Connecticut, which essentially is a battleground between New York and Boston.  Sure there is Patriots and Jets/Giants, Celtics and Knicks, but nothing is comparable to the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry.  Fortunately my area is covered by the New York radio stations, as well as the Boston stations, but in an area where you're either "for them or for us" it's almost a judgement depending on which team you favor.  Growing up it was always fun to have half your friends root for the Red Sox, and half for the Yankees.  Yet as I've grown older I've realized it's much more geographical and territorial than I had ever thought.  Hands down, the best rivalry in American sports, and I'm lucky enough to be right in the middle of it.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 15, 6:15 AM

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This map of Red Sex vs. Yankees radio coverage caught my eye for 2 reasons. First, the general divide between radio broadcasts seems mostly identical to a map I've seen about fans by county and city. I wonder if the fans caused the coverage, OR if the coverage made the fans?? Hmm...

Also, I couldn't help but notice the uncannily-large Yankee coverage area posted right in the middle of Rhode Island. I'd think that Hartford would have a larger circle.

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Finding the True Border Between Yankee and Red Sox Nation Using Facebook Data

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"By using Facebook data from the 2.5 million people in New York or New England that ‘like’ either the Red Sox or Yankees I was able to create a more accurate rivalry map than ever before."


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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:12 AM

A fun map i can relate to a lot being a New Yorker living in RI. I also believe theres more Yankee fans in Red Sox territory then Red Sox fans in Yankee territory.

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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:26 AM

Pretty neat use of mapping and facebook to create this. This map is around the idea of what i expected it to look like with a few exceptions. As a yankee fan i expected a little bit more out of fellow Rhode Islanders when it came to the distribution but i guess i was wrong. i would also like to point out that cultural diversity probably has a role to play in this, with western connecticut being more ethnically diverse than eastern.

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Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)

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You may have heard that the highest-paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach.

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:58 AM

By looking at this map you can see that almost 75% of the United States highest paying public workers are basketball or football coaches. In my opinion this seems a little crazy to think about. I figured it would be maybe the school deans or plastic surgeons like the blue color shows in some states. 

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Regional NFL Fan Bases

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Any cartographic fine-tuning of borders that you would suggest?  What truths does this map obscure?

 

Tags: regions, sport, mapping.


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Matt Mallinson's comment, October 10, 2012 7:17 AM
As a huge football fan, this map is very interesting to me. It shows how different populations are in different parts of the country due to where fans are located.
Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:28 PM

I like how this map shows regionaly were most fans of a certain team are.  However one thing it fails to take into account are fans of a certain team that live in another region.  Like I live in Rhode Isalnd so based on the map i would be a Patriots fan, however I am  49ers fan, and I know i am not the only fan of a team not living in that teams region. 

Heather Ramsey's curator insight, January 25, 2013 4:49 PM

An excellent visual representation of functional regions.

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Geographic Distribution of Bowl Games...

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This current image can be used to teach spatial thinking and analysis.  What are the economic impacts of these patterns?  What explains this distribution? How does this impact tourism? 

 


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NPR: In The Hills Of Rio, Shantytowns Get A Makeover

Rio de Janeiro, which is hosting soccer's World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, is trying to remake its hundreds of favelas.

 

There are urban geography applications obviously, but what about the cultural, political and economic logic of purging the slums before "the world comes to visit?"  We've seen this recently in Beijing and in other sites of international events.  Why now?  Why not before?   


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Derek Ethier's comment, September 30, 2012 4:01 PM
Rio is clearly trying to clean up their slums so they do not embarrass themselves on a national stage. During events like the World Cup, all eyes are on the host nation so they do all they can to improve all aspects of their country. Unfortunately, Brazil cares little for their people and more for the money the World Cup will flood into their nation.
Paige McClatchy's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:02 PM

The facelift that Rio de Janeiro is receiving in anticipation of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 is sapping up a large amount of Brazil's resources, resources that some lower class Brazilians argue should be allocated to improving roads or schools. The government led make-over reminds me of the upper-class driven gentrification of urban areas in places like NYC that were previously neighborhoods for lower-class residents. I don't think we will be able to understand the effects of this remodeling until after the Cup and the Olympics have come and gone. If Brazil keeps it up and continues to "improve" outlier areas, what will Brazil look like in 20 years?

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:04 AM

There are urban geography applications obviously, but what about the cultural, political and economic logic of purging the slums before "the world comes to visit?"  We've seen this recently in Beijing and in other sites of international events.  Why now?  Why not before?  

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CommonCensus Sports Map Project

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Another Sports Geography link, this one coming from  www.commoncensus.org.  They comply self reported data about what region you identify with (excellent for mapping vernacular regions) and also sports geography regions (based on fan response not television markets) for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college football. 


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Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:38 PM

One very interesting thing about the map pertaining to NHL teams is that the top 3 teams in popularity are part of the original six teams of the NHL. Two are Canadien, and would not be applicable in this map. It seem's that the addition of over 20 teams did not make some fans stray away from their favorite original six member, except in the case of the New York Rangers, who now split their fans with the Islanders.  The map with the College football rankings must have been extremely hard to create, as it is definitely the sport where fans are more likely to like a team that is not from their region. 

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SportsNation: Polls - ESPN

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SportsNation is the place for sports fans to express their opinions and interact with ESPN.

 

Strange, but let me explain.  The polls on ESPN (e.g.-"What conference should Texas go to?"  Map from summer 2010) display maps to show the voting patterns.  Not surprising to geographers, there are oftentimes strong regional biases.  Creating an activity to incorporate sports into geographic analysis can sometimes grab the attention of reluctant students.  Teaching in Rhode Island, I like to show several maps that show strong New England bias against the national consensus. 


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