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The (no) numbers game

Soccer will never become a dominant discussion sport if it can't engage a stathead

Updated: May 29, 2009, 5:07 PM ET
By Chris Sprow | ESPN The Magazine

Ask Nate Silver about how many stats he sees as crucial to analyzing baseball, and he's at a loss. We figured as much; it's like asking Ansel Adams about his favorite shade of grey.

"I don't know if there's any particularly good way to quantify the precise number," he e-mails, "but as Carl Sagan would say, billions and billions …"

If only soccer had such a problem.

In his current cover story on Lionel Messi, Chad Nielsen notes, "There is no quantitative method to ...

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