JamesS Mar 13, A very much underrated film. Very saterical towards sports and the industry around it.
Over the next few days, they'll be applying rigorous statistical analysis to some of the finest basketball movies in the history of cinema and also Hoosiers.
BASEketball was released in , and while the film did manage to catch director David Zucker before his career free fall had taken him from the heights of Naked Gun to the depths of Scary Movie 4, it was in all other aspects a movie out of step with its time.
The film's theme of spectacle and selfishness subjugating sport foretold the XFL and three major lockouts, respectively.
And my mom didn't let me see it. Advertisement Most tragically, no one cared yet to statistically analyze it.
The title sport, a combination of baseball the boring one with the bats and the dirt and basketball like SlamBall except without trampolines , provides us with the opportunity to combine the former's robust statistical toolset with the latter's ability to be popular this time of year.
Here are the basics: You set up four areas away from the basket — one for singles, one for doubles, one for triples, and one for home runs.
If you nail your shot, you reach base and the runners advance accordingly. If you miss, it's an out. Three outs mean the inning's over, and there are nine innings. The twist is the psych-out: The opposing team can do anything to distract you while you attempt your shot.
Examples from the movie include bared asses and the repeated shouting of "Steve Perry! This is analogous to pitching and defense, not that I want to give Brian Wilson any more ideas.
If we translate shooting into hitting, we can treat a BASEketball game like a real baseball game. The action is wholly discrete, if also indiscreet.
I took a look at the Milwaukee Beers' top three players to see how they performed. He batted. An offense made up of nine Coops would score about The announcers make reference to slumps, but there's no evidence from the shots he's taking.
Based on that run differential, you would expect the team to go In fact, they would lose only once in about million games — literally once in a million years. Seriously, watch it.
But his psych-outs pale in comparison to Coop's scouts agree, look at the video , as he posted a Component ERA of 6.
An all-Doug team would also go , but they'd lose once every 9, games or so. That means he'd only go No amount of offense would save Coop and Doug from a psych-less defense, as every undefended shot against the Beers went in. This is good enough for an undefeated season over Outside of New York, you'd keep your managerial job.