“The nerds are finally taking revenge”

From Simon Kuper, author of Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World’s Most Popular Sport and Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey – and Even Iraq – Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport, in the Financial Times (gated):

Given that you can hire perhaps 30 statisticians for the £1.5m that the average footballer in the Premier League earns each year, you’d think it might be worth paying some nerds to study these questions.

so they do:

In their ancient battle against the jocks, the nerds are finally taking revenge.

This is an excellent example of “the data speaking” even though nobody thinks you can measure this stuff. Recommended.