Happy Sunday, Sport Fans! Well, that was two months of the year that flew by and it's difficult to believe we are in March already.
It's been heartwarming to see the response the world of sport has given to the support of Ukraine. Gestures have ranged from clubs changing their social media backgrounds to minutes of applause before games and numerous banners and messages of support to clubs providing sensitive consideration to their Ukrainian teammates, in some cases promoting them to captains of their teams.
We've also seen some very high profile decisions made over Russia and its athletes. The Champions League Final has already been moved, the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Sochi has been cancelled and impending World Cup qualifying fixtures involving Russia are currently in a precarious state.
Of course, these sporting sanctions undeniably have an impact on individuals too. Russian (and Belarusian) Paralympians having spent four years training for the greatest moments of their lives will not have the opportunity to represent their country. Nikita Mazepin, driver for Formula 1 team Haas has learned just weeks before the 2022 season starts he won't be competing. It's clear, there are no winners from this.
In my last post, I mentioned that Manchester City had a stranglehold on the Premier League. That certainly isn't the case now with Liverpool turning up the heat. With the pair due to meet in April, this feels like an appropriate time to use the term 'title decider' it what looks to be another epic battle between these two relatively new Premier League rivals.
Turning to this weeks update. As always, it's an absolute pleasure to explore the submissions as I write the weekly update. Without exception, there's always a variety with no lack of quality to look through.
Let's get to it.
One thing we love on the Sports Viz Sunday team is providing data for the more obscure sports giving the opportunity to learn something new as well as providing quality work.
Aarti ticks both these boxes with this Winter Olympic submission looking at Luge.
Jam packed with information about the sport Aarti looks at the Olympics of 2014 and 2018 comparing results and tracks. Great work Aarti!
Let's spend a moment to welcome Johann to our community. Johann has focussed on the NFL combine (need to look up what that is!) for his first Tableau Public viz and has done a great job. He has looked at the athleticism levels of the NFL players, plotting them on a scale of 0-100 and has provided multiple filtering options to allow the audience to drill down. Welcome, Johann!
When I first saw this, I was pulled in by the quality of the design. 1985 was a couple of years before I watched snooker but no doubt the era of Davis, Taylor et all was a high point in the sport. Adam does an amazing job with this and it's easy to see the ebbs and flows of this epic final which went all the way down to the final black. Great job, Adam. Design, colour, narrative, annotations are all spot on.
An intriguing one next from JC looking at Premier League teams in an interesting Venn diagram. What I liked about this was the conversation it generated on Twitter with lots of constructive feedback and questions and JC always taking that on board and iterating the design.
MarkStats's Bot has created this interesting analysis of the recent FA Cup match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur. Lot's of interesting snippets here and plenty more from the 'bot' so check out this Twitter profile.
Michelle is one of my favourite authors and she has done a great job of revisiting her Nantucket Triathlon dashboard for the current #IronQuest challenge (Re-Viv-It). Michelle changes the layout, colours and increase the use of whitespace to completely transform the viz. Great work Michelle, I really enjoyed looking between the two designs and comparing them.
Last up this week, but certainly, not least is this effort from Luke who has visualised his workout data from myfitnesspal to produce this clean dashboard. Each section is easy to read and clear in the overall objective, trend and where on occasion targets have been missed.
Looks like you're making some great progress there, Luke. Keep it going!
That's it for this week. Thanks to everyone for their amazing visualisations. See you all next Sunday and in the meantime don't forget to check out the March monthly challenge where we focus exclusively on the world of Womens sport with no less than three fantastic datasets.
Have a great week everyone.
The Sports Viz Sunday team