New PM Blog (3/5/2013)

By Paul Bessire

Tuesday, March 5 at 10:30 PM ET

The New PM Blog

It may not be football season or even the "Madness" portion of March Madness, but we at are as busy as ever building innovative simulation technology, products and content designed to generate relevant analysis, accurate projections and keen insights into the world of sports. Among our many (very) recent modifications or additions to the site has been to overhaul this blog.

Whereas, in the past, I would check in periodically (never more often than weekly) with about a million things to say, now each blog will focus on one specific topic and entries will be far more frequent (I have at least four blog entries planned for this week alone - though it will die down a bit after that for me with a week doing "research" in Vegas and then the NCAA Tournament). While sticking to a topic and blogging frequently, we have added categories to the Archive on the right (click on arrows to expand) to easily access relevant content. One can toggle from blog to blog with the Previous and Next buttons below (plus, the search still works as it previously had). Blog Alert emails will still be sent to those interested, but only for significant site updates and for betting strategy conversations.

Also, it is no longer "I" on the blog; it is "we." John Ewing, who has held a few different roles with the site since he contacted me following an appearance I made on the Behind the Bets podcast with Chad Millman three years ago (and subsequently enrolled in and completed his Masters in Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati), has been acting as the Director of Research and Analytics since the beginning of the year. Among many other things geared to help us achieve the goals I noted above, John has been generating some really great content like his weekly 3 Up 3 Down football and baseball columns, GameChangers, Bracketology, Odds updates, Futures breakdowns, trade analysis, props and much more. This blog will give his work a consistent home while it acts as a one-stop destination for analytically driven sports, statistics, fantasy and/or betting insights. We will always note the author of each blog entry. Check back in frequently to see the new topics we are covering daily...

Other New Content and Tools

In an addition to the new layout for the blog and forthcoming versions of John Ewing's periodical features, here are some other items that have recently been added or will be coming very soon:

Bracket Simulator - Have you ever wanted to see what a college football playoff would look like? Want to get an early jump on the MLB, NBA NFL or NHL postseason? Looking for a way to prove that your team deserves to make the NCAA Tournament?'s new Interactive Bracket Simulator gives you the power to simulate the postseason for any sport.

Live ScoreCaster (now free and with college basketball) - View current scores and play-by-play as well as live, updating projections from 50,000 simulations of the remaining time in basketball, football and baseball games with the totally free Live ScoreCaster from After each play in an NFL, college football, college basketball or NBA game and after each half inning in every MLB game, the Predictalator simulates the rest of the game 50,000 times to determine the projected score and the likelihood of either team winning.

2013 NFL Draft Rankings and Projections (QB rankings posted) - Utilizing our unique, objective approach to player projections and development, presents its 2013 NFL Draft content, including a Mock Draft, Position-by-Position Reports, Statistical Breakdowns and Future Projections for all prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. Content is FREE from's Paul Bessire and John Ewing as well as NFL Draft Expert Matt Richner.

MLB Preview (launches 3/7/2013) - The 2013 MLB Preview will include projected Standings, Playoff and World Series Odds, Fantasy Analysis, Power Rankings and Regular Season Team Win Total Picks. This will be the first season and sport for which Team Win Total Picks will be sold individually. Last season, our strong opinion win total picks went 9-1 (90% O/U).

College Basketball Tournament Player Pick'em (launches 3/14/2013) - As someone who ran a college basketball tournament player pool (for "entertainment purposes only") for ten years starting with my freshman year in college, I am most excited for this addition. Building on the success of our Props Pick'em game, we will be launching an interactive game (with prizes) for the men's basketball tournament where users accumulate points based on the points that the players on his/her ten person roster put up throughout the games in the tournament. Everyone should play.

Engine Tweaks - We are constantly looking for ways to improve our simulation engines for each of our sports (or adding soccer, which is in the works as well). In the near future, we will discuss some ways in which we have/will be employing the most recent research presented at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last weekend to make direct changes to improve our picks and in-game predictions (more on this in the next two days).

Wow, that already took about three hours less to write than a normal blog...

As usual, if you have any of your own comments about this article or suggestions about how to improve the site, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. We respond to every support contact as quickly as we can (usually within a few hours) and are very amenable to suggestions. I firmly believe that open communication with our customers and user feedback is the best way for us to grow and provide the types of products that will maximize the experience for all. Thank you in advance for your suggestions, comments and questions.