Tag Archive | PGMOL

Arsenal vs West Ham: The Sweet Bitter Taste of Victory

Arsenal’s 4:1 margin of victory over West Ham while convincing was no easy romp in the park.  The game took place in the presence of a hugely, omnipresent emotional backdrop triggered by Arsene’s announcement last Friday of his intention to resign at season-end after 22 years. As the television cameras made obvious, the Emirates was […]

Arsenal Is Top Of The Table According To The PGMOL

Greetings Positives, Despite repeated claims to the contrary, it is remarkable how football reflects real life. This may be shocking to those who see football as some form of escape from the every-day challenges of our human existence; stuff like work, home, family, politics, economics, you name it. The harsh reality, however, is professional football […]

Arsenal: Only a 40% Correlation between Penalties-For and Avg League Position

It is amazing how far we as human beings, including us football fans; will go to deny reality, specifically to deny facts that do not conform with our deeply held beliefs. Denialism is a very common element of human behavior and is defined by the psychologists as: “…a person’s choice to deny reality, as a […]

The PGMOL vs Arsenal: Data Shows A Clear Pattern of Bias

The award of a phantom penalty vs Arsenal by referee Mike Dean in the New Year’s Day match versus West Bromich Albion has generated a storm of indignation among Gooners worldwide, outraged that once again a major game-changing decision was made this season which has deprived the club of critical points needed to regain its […]

A 206% Increase in Penalties vs AFC Proves Bias

The Refs Are Biased (Part 2) To conclude my two-part series on referee bias, I have taken my inspiration from the great American philosopher and writer Mark Twain. In my initial piece I was categorical. Based on penalties awarded: “The unbiased data for the past 20 years is very clear; of all the top teams […]