You're right about context for stats. It's as dishonest to quote the stat that Dzeko was the top goalscorer in the league last season without context as it is to quote the stat that Tevez scored more goals than Dzeko last season without context.taconinja said:Sure. I don't agree with simply stringing numbers out though without context. As I said, I like and support the player. Doesn't change the fact that Nimely looked better today. Hopefully that motivates Dzeko.CaliforniaBlue said:Since you only seem to have a problem with name-calling, I hope this means you agree that comparisons are a perfectly reasonable way to discuss the relative merits of our players.
I've posted quite a lot of stats for all our strikers, but I've always tried to put them in context. Not that it seemed to help with some posters, but there you go.
As for today's game, I haven't seen it, so I can't specifically comment on it, but I got the general idea from the after match discussion thread that most people realize it's just the first step in a very long season, and you don't expect players to be very sharp or fully fit. I wouldn't expect many of our senior squad to be putting in 100% yet, unless they've been doing a lot of pre-season work on their own (and it's probably better that they aren't giving too much yet or they might end up injured). I can certainly imagine the EDS guys, on the other hand, seeing this as their opportunity to show what they can do, and consequently going all out. But as I said, I didn't see the game, so I might be way off.