MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Quotes

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 5 14:20:38 UTC 2013

On Mar 5, 2013, at 9:08 AM, Alice Faber wrote:

> Yes, Burkie is very quotable. However, he was never a coach, but rather
> a General Manager and an NHL executive.
> On 3/5/13 2:17 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>> These are all from ESPN. Brian Burke, [former] hockey coach, had a
>> couple of QOTD-worthy zinger, and there were a few others.
>> Two of Burke's gems, plus a few more quotables from him:
>>> "The worst thing that ever happened in sports was sports radio, and
>>> the internet is sports radio on steroids with lower IQs.”
>>> "Statistics are like a lamppost to a drunk: useful for support but not
>>> for illumination.”

That one can't be his, can it?  It's been around for ages.  Fred?


>>> "If you're looking at statistics alone and saying 'we're drafting this
>>> guy,' good luck. I hope you're in my division."
>>> "When you're losing, the sports page only has value if you own a puppy
>>> or a parakeet."
>>> "If I overpay a player, it's not because there's a revolver to my
>>> head, it's because I'm an idiot."
>> Another [oldie] from a Harvard Business School prof:
>>> "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."
>> ESPN is not really in the quotes business, so the rest of the commentary
>> that they have is much more prosaic. Cuban had a few comments worthy of
>> note, but none that would survive on their own.
>> VS-)
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