Chris Ford


About Chris Ford

Chris Ford is the head nacho of AMSTS and generally a nice guy. Besides sports and sports analytics, he enjoys world travel, and running.

Tempers have gotten hot only three weeks into the season as FIFTEEN ejections doubled the season total of ejections in just a week. This was in part due to the White Sox – Royals brawl which brought in four ejections. Beyond that, plenty of other items of note this week. Let’s take a look. The Marlins reclaimed their throne as the bottom of the attendance barrel, getting outdrawn by A, AA, and AAA teams this week: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (30 AAA games), Tampa Bay (14) Baltimore, Seattle, Oakland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Chicago White Sox, Detroit (7), Texas […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/21: ...


We’re into baseball season in April, and with it come the rain delays and cancellations. Both Minnesota and Texas only played four games this week, on account of a scheduled day off and some rainouts. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, some trouble getting butts in seats, as the Orioles had the lowest attended games in Oriole Park at Camden Yards history. Let’s take a look. With plenty of Minor League teams past their Opening Day stage, not a lot of high attendance in the minors, but the Orioles managed to outdo the Marlins, which is rare: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/14: ...


The 2019 MLB season has begun! Which is great news! For those of us new to Below the Box Score, we look at some of the stuff that you might not see compiled in other places, mainly MLB attendance, weather, time of game, and ejections. Let’s get into it With only a few days of minor league games happening, it was hard to be outdrawn by minor league teams, but 12 of the 30 MLB clubs somehow managed it: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (35 AAA games), Cincinnati (26), Pittsburgh (21), Kansas City (11), Cleveland and Toronto (9), […]

MLB 2019 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 4/7: ...



It’s that time of the year again. Opening Day is TOMORROW!! It’s time for baseball fans to wake up from their hibernation and look forward to the 2019 season, unless you’re an Orioles fan like me.  Anyway, for the fourth year we’re looking at which MLB Team will travel the farthest. In 2016, it was the Seattle Mariners, in 2017 it was the Oakland A’s, and in 2018 it was the Los Angeles Angels . Will an AL West team retain the throne this year? Will it be the Astros or the Rangers to help finish the division? Let’s start with the […]

Which MLB Team Will Fly the Farthest in 2019?


We’ve told you how good the AMSTS Computer Rankings are, how about we take them out for a spin on the biggest stage of the year? Below are the predictions and lines for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games. Of course, gambling might not be legal in your jurisdiction so if you’re from one of those places please be sure to consult your local constable for alternatives. Underdog Favorite Line O/U AMSTS Prediction Difference to line Diff to O/U Minnesota Louisville -5 135.5 74-67 LOU LOU 2 5.5 Yale LSU -7 156.5 76-64 LSU LSU 5 -16.5 New Mexico State Auburn -5.5 […]

AMSTS Computer Predictions for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament Games


It’s the best time of the year, and lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon one of the best sources NCAA Basketball information for 2018 March Madness.  With a consistent appearance in the Massey Ratings’ Top 5, AMSTS’ computer metrics are second-to-none. Anyway, you’re here for bracket advice. So let’s go with a rundown of teams most likely to upset and those most likely to be upset. The bad news? It’s unlikely we’ll see the first 16 seed upset of a 1 this season, because the top of the league feels a lot better than last year, and the bottom teams […]

Your Last Minute AMSTS Upset Specials



Well, the college basketball regular season is over, and once again the AMSTS Computer Rankings are in the top five of the Massey Composite Ranking. This year we sit #2 overall, but #1 of the total ranking systems in correlation to consensus. What does that mean? Well, we don’t win anything but a chance to inflate our egos. But if you believe that every computer system is out there attempting to best rank the teams from best to worst, then you’d have to agree that the consensus of all of those is likely close to The Objective Truth™. As such, […]

AMSTS Computer Rankings Finish in Top 5 Massey Composite For ...


We’ve heard it before: The Road to the Final Four is long and painful.  But exactly how long is it?  For some of the teams, it seems like they always get opening round games right down the road.  For the rest of us, it seems like our team has to cross nine time zones to even get to the Sweet 16. Well, I did the work so you didn’t have to. Using some base assumptions, I plugged in the numbers to see who, exactly, has the longest way still to go.  The answer may surprise you. Assumptions: During the NCAA […]

The Long Road to the 2019 Final Four: How Far ...


It’s the last week of the regular season for many major conferences, but many of the low and mid major conference tournaments have begun. Ultimately this led to a lot fewer low attendance games than normal, which brought the average crowd over 5,000 for the first time this season. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 1 (Season total: 749) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Northern Illinois vs Ohio – Hosted by NIU, a longtime fan of AMSTS, in the first round of the MAC tournament, only 1070 […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 19: The End of the ...



It’s the last week of the regular season for many major conferences, but many of the low and mid major conference tournaments have begun. Ultimately this led to a lot fewer low attendance games than normal, which brought the average crowd over 5,000 for the first time this season. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 21 (Season total: 748) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Sacred Heart vs LIU-Brooklyn – A mid-week game with the four seed in the NEC tournament on the line managed to only draw […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 18: Mid-Major Conference Tournament Time!


It’s almost tournament time, and a big part of who can advance in the tournament is based off of how well the team is playing as we head into March. With the help of MODERN TECHNOLOGY, we’ve blown up the AMSTS Computer Rankings to dissect exactly which teams have momentum going into the big dance, and which ones should be avoided. First things first, let’s look at how everything tends to center out over the course of the season. Largely because of conference play being a snake eating its own tail, when we aggregate each conference’s ratings over the course […]

Momentum and Consistency Heading into the NCAA Tournament


As the regular season draws to a close, many teams still find themselves in the thick of competing for a bye in a conference tournament. And plenty of other teams… don’t. Many of those teams that don’t have much to play for had some trouble drawing fans this week. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 43 (Season total: 727) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Central Arkansas vs Stephen F. Austin – Plenty of Southland in the bottom three this week, with UCA and SFA fighting for the […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 17: Conference Tournament Seeding Time