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Weekly Roundup 04.28.2024

This past week I've had the pleasure of welcoming the rest of the storytelling with data team over from the US. Aside from the opportunity to catch up, strategise and delight participants of our Masterclass workshop, I also had the pleasure of spending time with two of my Sports Viz Sunday co-members, Mr Wootten (at the Tableau User Group) and Mr Beaumont and the fantastic JLL offices. I was deeply disappointed not to complete the set and shoot the breeze with Tableau expert and JLL employee, Mr Mayes at either one of those gatherings ;-)

Joking aside, the hectic schedule restricted my usual absorption of sport last week so I've been left with some catching up to do. The news story that piqued my interest the most was the impending departure of Red Bull's Adrian Newey. Despite continuing the domination into this season, clearly something isn't quite at Red Bull and I wonder if this is the beginning of the end of this particular cycle of success. My prediction: Newey goes to Ferrari, the regulations change in 2026 makes them strong contenders and Lewis Hamilton wins the record 8th World Championship. You heard it here first, folks!

We are a little on the quiet side in terms of content this week. One reason for that might be the fact that most people I'm seeing on X/Twitter at the moment are in the process of packing their bags from #TC24. I have to admit, I'm a little bit envious as once again this event looks to be a special one with so many fantastic speakers lining up. For those that are attending, enjoy!

And what Tableau conference wouldn't be complete without some Bo McCready SWAG. On this occasion, Bo is celebrating West Ham's Conference League success from last year with a fantastic print showing the run to the final. Go grab him on Tuesday if you are interested.

We carry on with football with this stunner from Ansgar Wolsing in which the number of points needed to either win the championship or avoid relegation in any given season are plotted. I'm surprised by the range (almost 30) of the title-winning points margin and the usual magic 40-point mark to avoid relegation doesn't always hold true. Great work, Ansgar!

Moving onto climbing now and Eliane Herter has designed a range of fascinating vizzes comparing a number of different climbing-related dimensions. I would strongly recommend heading over to the interactive view here. Eliane uses story points to progress through the individual views on climbing grade difficulty, progressions through the grades and how BMI changes for both gender and as difficulty grade increases. There's also great use of takeaway annotations to call out the key insights.

Ever wonder what it takes to win the 100 metres at the Olympics? Well, this viz from Georgios Karamanis does just that. I love how the immediate sense of continual improvement is clearly evident but digging a little deeper into the individual races there are some fascinating insights revealed of times that appear well outside the normal levels.

Last up this week, we came across this brilliant collection of square area (matrix) charts from

Dom at The Athletic depicting the chances each of the NHL teams have of winning the prestigious Stanley Cup. I've got no knowledge of the current top teams within the sport but was able to follow the pathways intuitively culminating in the final, middle view. It would seem there's some exciting competition ahead.

That's a wrap for this week. I wish you all enjoyable weeks ahead, once again have a great time at #TC24 and for all of us keep cheering on your teams and/or sporting individuals.

All the best,

Simon and the Sports Viz Sunday team

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