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.

Editor note: Apologies about the delays and the short version of BtBS for this week. We’ll be back at full force next week With the ejection race seemingly settled, as well as a lot of playoff races, there weren’t much surprises this week in MLB.   Unsurprisingly, the hapless Orioles had trouble drawing fans for a few games against playoff-bound Oakland, with only 9,141 in attendance, less than a couple of AAA playoff games taking place this week. They were joined by a few other teams: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Baltimore (outdrawn by 2 AAA games), Tampa and Cincinnati […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/17: ...


Time again for your week in review on NCAA Division I Football attendance.  Average attendance was 30,894 for week 2, up over 1,000 from week one.  Week three saw an average attendance of 29,567, largely due to hurricane related low attendance. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance week 2: 755 – Taylor vs Butler.  The Bulldogs of Butler took the road to face NAIA-level Taylor University, but the game was closer than you’d expect.  Despite only 755 fans showing up, the Bulldogs only beat Taylor (the Trojans) by a mere two touchdowns, 31-17.  An action video […]

NCAA Football Attendance, Weeks 2 & 3: Hurricane Hijinks!


After last week, the American League had narrowed the ejection gap between the two leagues down to one ejection.  Upon hearing this news from their diligent reading of AMSTS, the National League decided that this was the week to start putting an effort in.  THIRTEEN ejections by the NL alone, compared to the AL’s one.  A new weekly record for 2018 ejections.  Has the NL done it? Have they clinched their first ejection title in the past four years?  Stay tuned throughout September.   Twelve teams, a majority of the teams that hosted MLB games last week, saw crowds of […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/10: ...



Time again for your week in review on NCAA Division I Football attendance.  Average attendance was 29,850 this week, a good starting point for the season. Let’s take a look, shall we? Worst overall Division I attendance week 1: 1,632 – Stetson vs Point University. Not a whole lot on offer for fans of the Hatters as they started off the season against some of the NAIA’s best talent in Point University. Only 1,600 fans showed up to see Stetson lay down the 48-7 beatdown. A (small) action shot from the game: Worst overall FBS attendance week 1: 9,280 – Charlotte […]

2018 NCAA Football Attendance Week 1: KU Sends 20K Home ...


The American League took their time, waiting in the water all season, letting the National League think they’d win their first ejections title since AMSTS has been tracking the thing.  That is, until September rolled around.  The Junior Circuit finally got serious about winning the ejections race and pulled to within one ejection of the NL. With only a few more weeks left, it truly has come down to the wire, our first interesting ejections race in four years!   Attendance fell off, as it often does, for teams that are out of it. The only playoff contender to draw […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/3: ...


Teams really outdid themselves last week trying to attract fewer fans than normal.  The Marlins continued to dominate the game, however, with only 6,587 showing up to see the Braves on Thursday. However, the A’s, Rays, Pirates, and White Sox also joined the Marlins in being outdrawn by AAA teams on the week. The twist?  The first time in a while were AA teams outdrew more than one team (with the Rays and A’s joining the Marlins), while two teams (the Marlins and Rays) were outdrawn by SINGLE-A CLUBS.  Sad! Here’s your matrix:   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/27: ...



Every fall, the college football season fires up and gives fans an opportunity to eschew responsibility in favor of sitting on the couch every Saturday for 15 weeks. Beautiful.  With 844 games on the docket for the regular season, plus conference championships and bowls, all of our couch time comes at the expense of plenty of travel for all 130 FBS teams this season.   This season, I took a look at every team’s away and neutral site schedule and determined how much travel is necessary for each team. The list uses a handful of assumptions that I’ll hit on below, but the […]

2018 NCAA Football Travel: How Far Every FBS Team Will ...


The National League strikes back this week with seven ejections to the AL’s one, meaning we once again have separation in the season ejection rate. Attendance continued to be high, reaching the highest level of the season, with no games under 10,000 in attendance all week!  Only six teams managed below 20,000, while seven managed over the 40,000 mark.  Even still, the A’s managed to be outdrawn by minor league games last week:   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Oakland (outdrawn by 10 AAA games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams:  None! MLB teams outdrawn by Single-A teams:  Oakland (outdrawn by 1 […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/20: ...


It was the highest ejection week in the last three months last week, with eight ejections across the bigs last week.  The American League continues its gradual cut into the NL lead, reducing the margin to NL 60, AL 58 after this week. The NL looking to win the ejections race for the first time in four seasons.  Stay tuned, September will have a close race after all! Attendance continued to be high, but the Marlins played a home series, so that meant sub 10,000 attendances are back in play. Joining the Marlins in the sub-10,000 club are the Rays, […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/13: ...



The dog days of summer are here again, and with it we have games in brutal heat and everyone too hot to argue balls and strikes. The lowest ejection week of the season, with only three getting sent to the showers early. Only three teams averaged below 70 degrees on the week, with half the league averaging above the 80 degree mark.  Yours truly was at the hottest game of the week, a 98 degree scorcher between the hapless Orioles and the less-hapless-but-still-not-good Rangers. Attendance once again soared last week, with only five teams having a game below 20,000 and […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/5: ...


Attendance was great last week, with a third of the league reporting a game with greater than 40,000 in attendance. Given that the American League playoffs seem to already be set at the end of July, this is particularly impressive.  As for the bad…. another Marlins home stand.  And with that, the Marlins once again were the only team to not draw 10,000 on the week.  They were only joined by the Orioles in being outdrawn by minor league teams:   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (outdrawn by 29 AAA games), Baltimore (outdrawn by 3 AAA games) MLB teams […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 7/30: ...


A short update this week, with the All-Star break limiting the number of games played on the week, but not the number of records set!  Only the Rays were outdrawn by a handful of minor league teams last week, a big improvement over most weeks.  The short overview: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa (outdrawn by 4 AAA games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams:  Tampa (outdrawn by 1 AA game) MLB teams outdrawn by Single-A teams:  None!   The other big story of the week is the NL blanking the AL 5-0 in the ejections race. After doubts were raised last […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 7/23: ...