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Shameless plug aside, my new book (Hockey Confidential: Insides Stories From People Inside The Game) comes out Oct. Donald Penn Jersey . 14 and I cana€?t wait. I mean, I literally cana€?t wait for it to be released, as in I feel the need to share one of my favorite stories from the book right now, as we near the 2014-15 NHL season opening. The book is a collection of stories about hockey people a€“ a well-known hockey executive reflecting on a near-death experience; an NHL fighter talking about what ita€?s really like to give and take punches; an NHL star talking about the essence of scoring goals; a teenage hockey phenom and his family explaining what ita€?s like to grow up a€?exceptionala€? in Canada; plus, multiple other stories of a€?hockey peoplea€? and their life journeys, much of it fused with some universal themes (life, death, family, giving) that transcend the game. Chapter 4, though, is simply entitled #fancystats and therea€?s an item in it Ia€?ve been sitting on since last April. Ita€?s been killing me to not to share what I think is a really interesting, funny and revealing story, especially given the whole #fancystats revolution of this past summer. The chapter is, more or less, an oral history of the advanced statistics movement. While I was writing the book last winter and spring, I set out to do what, at that point, had never been done before a€“ interview the mythical Vic Ferrari, whose Irreverent Oiler Fans website was, between 2006 and 2008, effectively the cradle of #fancystats civilization, the birthplace of the hockey metrics Corsi, Fenwick and PDO. And I did just that. Now, interviewing he (Vic Ferrari) who had not been interviewed before a€“ I spoke to him on a phone interview for about 35 minutes on April 29 -- would have been a pretty big deal when the book came out if my esteemed colleague and good friend Elliotte Friedman had not subsequently done it in August and written about it on the CBCa€?s website on Aug. 6. Not only did Elliotte interview Ferrari (about the explosion of advanced statistics this past summer), his excellent story unmasked Vic Ferrari to be Tim Barnes, a financial analyst who now lives in Chicago. Thankfully, for me and my book, Vic or Tim or whatever you choose to call him didna€?t reveal in August what he told me in April a€“ the real story of how Corsi got its name. Whether youa€?re pro-#fancystats or anti-#fancystats, that five-letter name a€“ C-O-R-S-I a€“ has become the single most talked about label in hockey over the past year. I think, by now, most everyone in hockey generally has an idea of what Corsi is: effectively a measurement of one teama€?s shots on goal + missed shots + shots taken but blocked by the other team compared to the other teama€?s (same formula) and expressed as a percentage. Corsi has proven to be a good proxy for puck possession, though the debate rages on how meaningful it may be beyond that. Most everyone in the advanced stats community also thinks they know exactly how Corsi got its name. Legend has it that Vic Ferrari heard long-time Buffalo Sabre goalie coach Jim Corsi on a radio interview talking about measuring a goaliea€?s workload by tallying up not only shots on goal but missed shots and blocked shots as well and then Ferrari went into his secret hockey nerd lair in Edmonton, crunched the numbers, sprinkled some magic dust and, poof, Corsi was born, named for the cerebral goalie coach and former math teacher who inspired it. Not true. Ferrari told me it was actually then Buffalo Sabre general manager Darcy Regier he originally heard on the radio talking about shot attempts, not Jim Corsi. In fact, at that moment, when Ferrari was listening to Regier, he had never even heard of Jim Corsi. Herea€?s what Ferrari told me in April: a€?I was going to call (the new metric) the a€?Regiera€? number. But it didna€?t sound good; it didna€?t seem right. Then I was going to call it the a€?Ruffa€? number (after then Sabresa€? coach Lindy Ruff), but that obviously sounded bad. So I went to the Buffalo Sabre website and looked at a picture of a guy on their website, and Jim Corsi kind of fit the bill. So I called it a a€?Corsi numbera€? and then I pretended it was (Corsi) I heard on the radio talking about it a€“ thata€?s what I told people. Thata€?s basically (how Corsi got named).a€? Wait a minute. Was Ferrari actually saying Corsi became Corsi because he liked the look of Jim Corsia€?s picture, especially his moustache, on the Sabre website and the sound of his surname? Thata€?s exactly what Ferrari was saying. a€?I always prepared myself (that if the stat became well known) a€“ hey, it was just a small group of nerds talking hockey a€“ that eventually (Jim) Corsi or someone would come to me and say, a€?What the hell are you guys talking about and why are you (using my name)?a€?a€? Corsi told me. a€?I figured if it happened, I would apologize and carry on. a€?I was really surprised a few years ago when I read a story in USA Today where (Jim) Corsi talked about how the inspiration (for measuring shot attempts) came to him when he was skiing in the Alps, and I thought, a€?(expletive deleted), it came to me when I saw your picture on a website, because I liked your moustache.a€? A good story gets even better, though. Ferrari had no idea back then, or even during our interview in April (until I told him), that Jim Corsi was actually the individual responsible for measuring a goaliea€?s workload by counting shots on goal + missed shots + blocked shots and, therefore, Ferraria€?s random naming of Corsi turned out to be oh so fortuitous, that Regier wouldna€?t have been talking about it if not for Corsi. a€?Oh, I had no idea of that,a€? Ferrari said. a€?I just liked his moustache.a€? Seriously. You cana€?t make up this stuff. I recounted this story to former Sabre GM Regier, who is now working as an assistant GM in Phoenix, and I feared he was going to drive off the road, he was laughing so hard. a€?I always kidded Jim that he was the self-proclaimed protector of all goalies,a€? Regier said. a€?He was always looking for a stat that would give his goalies their due. (Adding up shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots) was something along those lines. Jim was always charting shots a€“ where they came from, that stuff. In all the years Ia€?ve known him, Jim never tried to take credit for (the Corsi metric as it more sophisticatedly applied now). He was just interested in tracking shots for his goaliesa€|I can assure you, if I was on the radio talking about that sort of (statistical) stuff, it would have come from Jima€|a€? If the story generated uproarious laughter from Regier, the laugh track was long and loud from Jim Corsi himself when he was told the story how a€?Corsia€? actually got its name. a€?Are you serious?a€? Corsi said, laughing. a€?That is so funny for that to come out after all these years. You actually talked to (Ferrari)? Thata€?s amazing. Ia€?ve always told people I was flattered he used my name but it was always sort of a mystery to me how it came about.a€? As Regier said, and Corsi has always been quick to add, at no time ever did the genial goalie coach try to take credit for the metric as devised by Ferrari. He was just thinking a little outside the box in terms of doing his job at that time in his dealings his goaltenders and fellow coaches and management. a€?Thata€?s why Darcy and I get along as well we do,a€? said Corsi, who is in his first year as goalie coach of the St. Louis Blues after so many years in Buffalo with the Sabres. a€?Darcy has an analytical mind and so do I. So maybe (the naming of Corsi) was, what do they call it, serendipity? Ita€?s funny to find out (how Ferrari actually came to use Corsia€?s name) and ita€?s funny I was (trying to track shot attempts) and (Ferrari) didna€?t even know that. Who could have imagined that? Thata€?s hilarious.a€? So there you have it a€“ the real story of how Corsi got its name. You may now resume loving or hating it, or just Keep Calm and Corsi On. http://www.officialraidersgear.com/Raid ... ft-Jersey/ . The Rays hope to stay alive for the postseason and salvage the finale of this series Sunday at Rogers Centre, where they dropped a 7-2 decision Saturday. Chris Archer lasted 2 1/3 innings in the no-decision, charged with a run and five hits, and Alex Torres suffered the loss in relief. Bruce Irvin Jersey .5 million contract with the right-handed reliever. Ziegler revealed the agreement via Twitter, saying hes "really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least. http://www.officialraidersgear.com/Raid ... ft-Jersey/ .7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million. Wieters had asked for $8.75 million and the Orioles had offered $6.LONDON -- The IOC is using an improved steroid test to reanalyze frozen doping samples from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and may use the same method to conduct retests from the 2008 Beijing Games. The tests can detect steroid use going further back than ever before and in lower concentrations, IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Its a natural development of the methodology," he said, adding that the test increases the chances of catching drug cheats who went undetected at the time. The International Olympic Committee announced in March that it would retest Turin samples, just as it rechecked samples from the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games in Athens and Beijing -- catching 10 dopers retroactively. The IOC stores Olympic samples for eight years to allow for retesting if new methods become available. The Turin retesting involves a wider detection window, possibly going back as much as six months or more after steroids were taken. "The IOC is currently retesting some of the samples collected during the Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006 and we can confirm that we are using the new long-term metabolites method to detect anabolic steroids," the IOC said in a statement. The method will also be used in the drug-testing program at Februarys Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. According to a weekend report by German broadcaster ARD, doping labs in Cologne and Moscow using then new method have detected hundreds of positive cases in recent months. The report said the substances included oral turinabol, a steroid widely used in the former East Germany, and stanozolol, the drug which led to Ben Johnsons disqualification at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Ljungqvist said he had no independent information on the contents of the ARD report, suggesting the cases may have involved "very old samples" tested for research purposes. "Its nothing that we have initiated," he said. Meanwhile, Ljungqvist said the IOC expects to have the results of the Turin tests by the end of the year. The tests are looking for steroids, new generations of the blood-booster EPO and growth hormone, he told the AP in a telephone interview. Urine and blood samples from Turin are stored at the doping laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland. The exact number of retests is not known, but Ljungqvist said the IOC had identified "a couple of hundred" samples for possible reanalysis. Endurance events such as cross-country skiing are considered the most open to doping abuse. The IOC wants to wrap up the testing process, including any sanctions, before the Sochi Games, which begin Feb. 7. In 2010, the IOC reanalyzed some Turin samplees for insulin and blood-booster CERA but all came back negative. http://www.officialraidersgear.com/Raid ... ft-Jersey/. . The IOC decided a few months ago to test more samples before the eight-year deadline runs out in February 2014. Only one positive case was recorded during the Turin Games -- Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva was stripped of a silver medal after testing positive for a banned stimulant. But Turin was hit by a major doping scandal when Italian police -- acting on a tip-off from the IOC -- raided the lodgings of the Austrian cross-country and biathlon team, seizing blood-doping equipment. While no Austrian athletes tested positive at the time, four later received life bans from the IOC. Last year, the IOC retested samples from the Athens Olympics and caught five athletes who were retroactively stripped of medals for using steroids, including mens shot put winner Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine. Previously, retests of samples from Beijing for CERA led to five positive cases -- with Bahrain runner Rashid Ramzi stripped of gold in the 1,500 metres. Ljungqvist said more Beijing samples could now be retested using the improved steroid test. While the samples that have already been retested no longer exist, many others remain. "We can go back to Beijing before 2016," Ljungqvist said. "We may do that. We havent decided yet. We will do it as the eight-year time approaches." Under newly approved global rules, the statute of limitations in doping cases will be increased to 10 years starting in 2015. On a separate issue, Ljungqvist said he was confident the Russian lab assigned to test doping samples in Sochi will be ready for the games, despite a threat of sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. On Sunday, WADA gave the lab until Dec. 1 to start reforms to improve the reliability of its results, or face a six-month suspension. The Moscow lab is due to set up a "satellite" facility in Sochi for the Olympics. "We interpret the WADA decision as if we will have the Moscow lab available," Ljungqvist said. "We take that for granted. They (the Russians) will of course fulfil the requirements established in the decision to make sure they have the proper procedures in place. We are feeling pretty confident." If the lab fails to come up to scratch, the Sochi samples would have to be sent to another lab outside Russia for testing, posing logistical and financial issues. "Of course, we have to have a Plan B, but the Plan B is not attractive," Ljungqvist said. "That would be to send samples out of Russia. We have to find a lab which wishes to do that and Im not sure what labs may wish to do that. Its quite risky with transport and all that." 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