The stubborn scoreboard

Devil’s Advocate columnist Leaping Larry, of The Age, once again hits the nail on the head in his most recent thoughts about statistics.

Weight of numbers

We are truly fortunate to be living in a football age of so many “performance indicators”, and a general avalanche of statistics. Thanks to all these figures for loose-ball grits, apple turnovers and uncongested marks, we already know who the best players were, even if half their disposals landed safely in the arms of the opposition or sconed a passing pie-boy. Actually watching the play can only lead to hideous and avoidable confusion, such as when a team leads in just about every single performance indicator, except for the stubborn and recalcitrant scoreboard, where it trails. If we all just stick to the stats, we’ll all be on the same page.

The Age, Saturday 21 May 2011

You can read more quotes about scoreboards, and especially scoreboard pressure, in Scoreboard quotes.

A stubborn scoreboard if ever there was. This Altona North scoreboard, at Crofts Reserve in Melbourne’s west, isn’t going anywhere.

Post-script: this scoreboard was demolished sometimes between May 2010, when I took this photo and August 2012, when I returned tt do the scores for a Williamstown reserves game.

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