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The man behind the name John Harrell

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John is a great guy. Very quiet, very reserved, very much a behind-the-scenes person when he was running the incredible Bloomington Herald-Times sports section. And he's done more for HS football (and hoops) than just about any. 

 

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I get the image of John sitting in his basement saying, at about 10:30 pm, "WHERE IS THAT GARY LIGHTHOUSE SCORE??"

 

Thanks John for all you do!

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We're lucky to have him here in Indiana.  The IHSAA should contract out to him and throw him some money for his work.  Either way what a tremendous resource for coaches, players, fans and the media.  

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8 minutes ago, Titan32 said:

John is flat out awesome.

Yes.  His website is an unbelievable resource!!

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I had the opportunity to sit on the same computer that he had used at the Bloomington Herald-Times when I was there in 2014-15. He is a legend. He automated many processes in the late 1980s and 1990s via computer and we would occasionally have to call him in to "update" his old scripts for the newspaper.

His work in Java (.json and Regex) really taught me that not everything has to be complicated and served as my inspiration for the Predictor Tool.

He was going to introduce me to Jeff Sagarin, but we never had schedules which match up. Oh well, next time that I'm in Bloomington perhaps we'll be able to do it.

The IHSAA, coaches and officials' associations, principals, ADs and fans owe him more than the measley ad revenue he earns through the website. 

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Just found his website it is awesome so is having good internet for the first time in my life

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5 hours ago, PLAC FAN said:

Just found his website it is awesome so is having good internet for the first time in my life

His website loads as fast in 1999 on dial-up in Paoli as it does today for me on high speed in Iraq. He is a machine who shows how persistence can pay off. Talk about legacy... 

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8 minutes ago, hhpatriot04 said:

His website loads as fast in 1999 on dial-up in Paoli as it does today for me on high speed in Iraq. He is a machine who shows how persistence can pay off. Talk about legacy... 

Didn't even need PHP right Chris!

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2 hours ago, Titan32 said:

Didn't even need PHP right Chris!

Ha, no (he is very vulnerable to data loss and I'd be interested to know what kinds of redudency he has built in both online and offline). And he did kind of cheat and get IU's computer science or statistics department to allow Jeff Sagarin to use their "supercomputers" in the 1980s to do basketball ratings in the 1980s which were published in the Bloomington paper and then picked up by The Star and others, eventually.

 

Sagarin won't fully reveal how he does his ratings because some are used directly or indirectly by companies and organizations like the NCAA, PGA Tour, USA Today, casinos, etc... Just as someone has written a book about Bill James, Jeff Sagarin's story needs to be told. Everything is proprietary (or based on other statistical work/proofs), but I'm not sure he makes much from it other than ad revenue, whatever books he has written, conferences spoken at etc...

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