" If you have interests in the mathematics of probabilty and in sports, you should definitely read this book. Personally, I follow both college and pro football intensely, college basketball sporadically, and find major league baseball to be the televised equivalent of a test pattern. This book is divided fairly evenly among those three sports, with a little hockey and soccer thrown in now and then. I found the football portions fascinating, the basketball sections interesting (mostly as validation of the football examples) and the rest a little dull. I don't think that is the fault of the book, but more a reflection of my own tastes. I do think statistics and probability are fun subjects. It was enlightening to read how home vs. away games, human nature, coin-flips, officiating and generally followed standard practices truly affect scores, wins and losses. I also loved the section toward the end about the NFL draft. While I can't say the book was a riveting read, I can tell you that it is much more interesting than the average statistical report, and very easy to understand. It did keep my interest from start to finish, although I did have to make myself hash through a few portions solely devoted to baseball, soccer or hockey. Fortunately, those portions were not lengthy, so it wasn't that difficult. I do feel that I will watch the upcoming football season armed with some new knowledge that will enhance my enjoyment of the game. The endnotes state that a sequel may be forthcoming, which will include some other factors that influence (or, contrary to popular belief, do NOT influence) sports, wins, and final scores. I definitely will be looking out for it.
I have a feeling that I'll see the influence of reading this book as I watch sports in the future, and may even go back and read it again. While not a life-changing experience, I do feel I have an expanded perspective. It will be interesting to see how it affects my enjoyment of the upcoming football season. "
— Jennie, 2/6/2014