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“They were simply outplayed”

by | Feb 4, 2014

It’s probably not surprising that Sunday’s Superbowl is still a topic of discussion.

I’m conducting a GIPS(R) (Global Investment Performance Standards) verification this week, and this morning, when I went into the hotel’s concierge lounge, I overheard two women who were watching a discussion about the game on the television. The Seahawks’ Richard Sherman was explaining some of the reasons his team prevailed; apparently the women were unimpressed. One remarked, regarding the Broncos, that “they were simply outplayed.”

While no one can argue with such an observation, it lacks the specificity that many like to see. I recall how the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator, Jim Johnson, was credited with the team’s success against the then Atlanta Falcon’s (now Eagles’) Michael Vick in the NFC Championship game in advance of Superbowl XXXIX. “Monday (and even “Tuesday”) morning quarterbacks” aren’t typically satisfied with “they were simply outplayed.” 

What insights can be shared that perhaps we weren’t aware of? Did the team have a secret strategy to keep Peyton Manning in check (looked that way)?

Imagine if a portfolio manager were to explain why they failed to beat the benchmark with such brevity (“we were simply outperformed”). Chances are it wouldn’t suffice. We want a more detailed assessment.

Attribution analysis, be it of an important (or even not so important) game is often expected, as well as with investing. 

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