Over the past five years Beane has developed an emotional attachment of his own, to Spurs. He watches English football on cable TV whenever he can, is an avid listener of the Guardian's weekly football podcast and has also forged some close friendships with leading figures in the English game, including Spurs' chief executive, Damien Comolli. He has also started working with Professor Bill Gerrard from Leeds Business School with a view to developing a system for evaluating football players based on statistics gathered during games.I enjoy soccer like a businessman enjoys his mistress: I'm excited during the action, but cease to care once the game is over and usually just pretend it doesn't exist. Still, this article gets pretty interesting towards the end when it starts talking more seriously about statistical analysis in the Beautiful Game.
*I say allegedly, because I've lost count of how many American guys I know who claim to be big EPL fans, but are really just Anglophiles looking for a more manly way of expressing it than a love of Jane Austen novels.