I write this having just seen England become double cricket white-ball world champions, adding the T20 crown to the one-day world cup from 2019. A slightly less dramatic final on this occasion but still at various parts throughout the contest the game was in the balance with the rapid bowling attack of Pakistan pushing England's batsman back on regular occasions. Once again, Ben Stokes was able to deal with the pressure to hit the winning runs. My sporting eyes now turn their attention to Brazil and the penultimate Grand Prix of the F1 season. While the championship battle has long since been over it's still intriguing to see if Mercedes can get a maiden victory and how the battle for midfield constructor places finishes up.
Onto this weeks round-up and first, let's start with a huge congratulations to Matt Miller for being shortlisted for the IIB awards. Matt's viz charting the journey of Matt Fitzpatrick's US Open win is both insightful and beautiful at the same time and perfectly demonstrates the criteria for this award. Wishing you all the best for the next stage, Matt!
Tanya proves that tables can look amazing using R packages to create this stunner of a table showing the women's tennis grand slam champions. My favourite part is the images of the players that gives it a real professional look and feel.
It's only a week now until the football world cup begins in Qatar. It still feels a little strange to be thinking about that in late November but it's going to be a very interesting tournament for several reasons. Fabio Fantoni takes a look at the prospects of the nations in this viz visualising both the number of FIFA points they have accumulated and their respective odds of lifting the trophy on the 18th of December. Nice job, Fabio!
We dive into the world of Ice Hockey next with this viz from Meghan Clarke exploring the passing range of Sidney Crosby, centre and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I love the heat mapping of the hexagons to get a sense of the number of passes from Crosby to his teammates Guentzel or Rust.
Another NHL viz this time focussing on the Seattle Kracken and how much their players help break up play and then transition the puck into more offensive positions. This scatter plot from Corey Sznajder does a fine job of providing that understanding highlighting Matty Beniers as the most influential player in that regard.
A simple yet beautiful viz next from Samo Drole showcasing the record breaking number of wins Max Verstappen has accumulated in the 2022 F1 season. Will he reach number 15 in Brazil later today? My prediction–it's time for Mercedes to break their duck and get that first victory.
What I love about this next entry in this weeks round-up is that while I don't profuse to be an expert in Japanese I found many of the elements within this design by Yasushi Ishikawa engaging and I ended up learning a little about the Hakone Ekiden as a result. Good visualisation transcends all languages!
Finally, if you are looking for some basketball data then check out the fantastic data set that's been created by Dom Samangy. Covering 3.8 million shots across the NBA seasons from 2004 -2022 with player and location information. Brilliant!
That's all for this week but before I head off for the Sunday roast I'd encourage you to check out our website. It's had a lick of paint (thanks, CJ!) which we hope you enjoy and we have made some adjustments to the back end to consolidate all of the various data sources collated over the years into one convenient location!
Simon and the Sports Viz Sunday team.