Finding the Edge

Joseph LaMagna
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Created 16 May 2021
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  • Optimal Desert Tee Times, MLB Coaching, and Paddy
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Optimal Desert Tee Times Beginning at age 12, I caddied for eight years at Crooked Stick Golf Club. When scheduled for a Tuesday or Wednesday bag before noon, I could generally assume I’d be looping f...
  • Ryder Cup Recap and Nonlinearity
    27 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Captain Steve Stricker The 2021 Ryder Cup concluded yesterday, and Team USA emerged victorious! From the past few weeks through yesterday evening, I have appreciated Captain Stricker’s approach to the...
  • Previewing the 2021 Ryder Cup
    20 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Ryder Cup Resources In case you are a new Finding the Edge reader or missed a previous newsletter, I would recommend the following resources before reading this edition. Not imperative in understandin...
  • "The Chart", F1 Time Horizons, and Blocking Kicks
    13 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    "The Chart” We made it! It’s officially NFL season. From a fan perspective, I cannot recall feeling as excited for a season as I am for the 2021 season. There are interesting storylines on every team:...
  • Optionality, Bryson DeChambeau, and Team USA's Strategy for the Upcoming Ryder Cup
    07 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Optionality and Distance Assume you have been admitted to more than one university, and your deadline for choosing where to attend is May 1st. Unless you have absolute certainty, it is probably wise t...
  • Where NFL GMs Should Spend Money, F1 and Golf Architecture, Down 14, and the Perfect Analogy
    23 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    Positional Value in the NFL At which positions should NFL teams spend the most money? NFL teams are subject to a hard salary cap, meaning teams’ payrolls cannot exceed the salary cap. Therefore, payin...
  • Out of Bounds, O'Malley, and OWGR
    16 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    This Week’s Edition This week’s edition of Finding the Edge is abbreviated. I planned to analyze historical success in the NFL based on how much money teams spend at each position. I pulled a bunch of...
  • Sustainability in Golf, Value of Angles, and Messi
    09 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Sustainability in Golf Golfers today hit the ball significantly farther than they hit the ball decades ago. Technological advancements in equipment play a large role in the distance increase. Some peo...
  • Rodgers and Small Markets and More
    02 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    This week’s Finding the Edge is structured a bit differently than usual. I am going to briefly touch on a range of stories from the past week that have interesting implications moving forward. Aaron R...
  • The Ryder Cup through an Analytical Lens
    26 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Ryder Cup This week’s newsletter is focused entirely on the Ryder Cup, a team golf event played every two years between the United States and Europe. From a fan perspective, the Ryder Cup represents a...
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