Having waded through a flood of What Went Wrong With The Yankees stories over the past week, I have three observations:
- stories about how “the Yankees got old” are amusing to begin with, but especially when written by sportswriters in their seventies;
- sports “analysis” is even more of a pure Rorschach Test than political reporting;
- it's amazing how much time and attention one can waste analyzing things that are beyond analysis.
The one story I haven’t read is how utterly useless statistical analysis is when you forget the psychological elements of success. Or to put it another way: I wonder how much of a role panic on behalf of management played in the team’s demise.