50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Brian Fremeau

Each week, I ask someone I know via the Internet and/or (imagine this) personally a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

This week’s guest is Brian Fremeau, a good friend with whom I’ve sat (and sometimes suffered) through all manner of Notre Dame football games. He is a particularly interesting person with whom to rehash the fortunes of the Fighting Irish, as he is a college football writer, stats analyst, and data visualization designer.

Brian’s work regularly appears at/in ESPN Insider, ESPN the Magazine, Football Outsiders, and on his own site, BCF Toys. He tracked the Notre Dame football season through a series of drive-charting graphics and blog posts that were recently featured in the ND Gameday iPad App.

In addition, Brian develops and publishes numerous possession-based statistics, including the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI), a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted drive efficiency. You’ll find him on Twitter as @bcfremeau.

So obviously, I asked Brian about what he thought of the premiere of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules. Just kidding. (I would be interested in feedback from someone, though.)

What is the most ridiculous/bizarre/off-the-wall stat you saw this bowl season?

The most ridiculous thing I saw this bowl season was the four-play, 9.9 yard first down earned by Michigan, immediately followed by the decapitation, forced fumble, one-handed fumble recovery by South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney in the Outback Bowl:

The most bizarre thing I saw this bowl season was a one-point safety recorded by Oregon against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The most off-the-wall stat I noticed during the bowl season was that points were scored on the final play from scrimmage in the first half of each of the first six bowl games, but that happened again in only three of the final 29 bowl games. I don’t know why I noticed it initially, nor bothered to keep track of it, but I did.

What’s that, you say? You want to see the Clowney hit again? Oh, alright:

OK, I’ll admit it: That was for me. After what happened to Notre Dame in the national championship game Monday night, I find myself needing to take pleasure in the misfortune of others, particularly Michigan fans.

Big thanks to Brian for stopping by today. Next week, I’ll be joined by my fellow humorist Leanne Shirtliffe (aka Ironic Mom), whose book Don’t Lick the Minivan comes out this May.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know.

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  1. Pingback: 50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Michael Felder | Ted Fox is Awesome

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