Last week, HP’s Vertica led a call with a trio of interesting statistics pros. The vendor dubbed it as a connecting point between “big data” and sports. That connection is what drew me into the call, as I’m eager to share any and all actual application of business use cases with unstructured data, advanced analytics and all of your big data V’s with our audience.

Instead, the sports side of the presentation was a range of very slick statistical models, with the occasional mention of the size of the data set. And on the Vertica side it was about, well, selling Vertica’s database capabilities. The pros at STATS and Sports Reference have some unquestionably cool stats tinkering going on, and HP’s Vertica has a recognized track record in the enterprise analytics field, but to me the call was kind of like inviting three guys to play a pick-up basketball game at a baseball diamond.

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