The Perfect Game …Recap (Video)

A 6-5 overtime road win on a Saturday in the springtime. That’s the recipe for the ideal game recap — at least as measured by pageviews. Over the weekend I crunched some numbers to figure out what kind of recap stories get lots of readers and which get sucked in the abyss never to be read or spoken of again. What I discovered was summary evidence against the people who say the Internet thrives on negativity.

Wins drive views.

Also, my dog is in this video. Subscribe to the RMNB YouTube channel, as we’ll have a lot more stuff coming soon. Including, eventually, coverage of Actual Hockey.

coverSince they come up pretty quick in the video, I’ve included the charts below.

These charts, by the way, show the percentage difference in each group compared to the overall average pageviews for a game recap in the season. So if the purple bar is eight below zero, that means people read recaps of shutouts 8% less than normal.

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  • Brouwer Rangers

    Thanks for the peek behind the RMNB curtain. Your enthusiasm about this information shows how much you care about this site and, by extension, your readers. And that’s cool. (Also how much time there is to kill in the summer.) Keep up the great work, gang. Looking forward to more win recaps this season!

    P.S. I’m not sure where your Brouwer Ranger posts fit into the page rankings (though I’m assuming somewhere between posts about ferrets and posts about Duck Dynasty (awesome show btw)), but we know of another charity thing going on right now if you’re interested.

    P.P.S. I want to steal Georgia. Did she do the breathing voice for Darth Vader?

  • Fedor

    Overtime, 6-5, road, against the Pens. March? Nah. I’d rather have it happen in June. In the conference finals. For those of you ready to point out that we’re in the same division and would meet earier, Pens make the postseason as a wildcard and go on to win the different division.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    haha yes I agree with you, but you get my point

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Thanks!

    The Brouwer Rangers vs Red Rockers story is our 23rd biggest story of the summer. Behind this Pierre McGuire story: http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2013/06/08/what-is-pierre-mcguire-doing-gif/ But ahead of the time Jose Theodore caught a tennis ball.

    Email us on the charity tip for sure.

  • Benjamin Scarbro

    2:00 PM on a Tuesday, in August after a horrible loss at home. I have no idea how I got here…

  • Benjamin Scarbro

    *with no goals for…

  • Brouwer Rangers
  • Fedor

    I sure do!

  • Livia

    You say that the results of your number-crunching show that people are more drawn to the positive than the negative, against conventional wisdom. But, your sample is biased. You guys set the tone for the site. RMNB is just the right combination of silly and thoughtful–where else could you find tweet-like-ovi-day and a review of Robert Vollman’s Hockey Abstract in the same month? Anyone looking for a chair-throwing shout-fest and lazy assignment of blame after losses is forced to look elsewhere.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Ha, I admit there’s tons of problems with my data. 48 is a pretty teensy sample anyway.

    Thanks for reading!