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Joey Maurer

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I am a third year Statistics major from Temecula, CA. I grew up playing and watching hockey; my favorite team is the San Jose Sharks. I also enjoy most of the other major sports, as well as college soccer and gymnastics. I like applying analysis techniques to some of the lesser-known sports out there. My additional hobbies include astronomy, SCUBA diving, and fish/reptile breeding. I hope to pursue a career in biostatistics or sports analytics, and am thrilled to be at a school like UCLA that is a powerhouse in academics and athletics.

Articles:

An Analysis of Score Inflation in NCAA Women’s Gymnastics

13 Apr 2019 • 6 min read
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As the 2019 Women's Gymnastics Championship approaches, a cloud of controversy looms over the sport. Many fans believe that the scores being handed out this year are misrepresentative of actual routines. The issue of score inflation seems to creep into every discussion about college gymnastics. Judges across the country have been put under a microscope, being scrutinized for scoring routines higher than they deserve. Among reasons to do this would be to attract more casual fans, thus increasing revenue for the NCAA. After all, who doesn't want to see a perfect 10?

Vegas Golden Knights: The Most Successful Expansion Team in NHL History

08 Jun 2018 • 9 min read
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The Associated Press

This wasn’t supposed to happen. The first major professional sports team to ever grace the city of Las Vegas wasn’t supposed to be this good. Hockey wasn’t meant to be played in the desert. A team full of disposable parts and cast-offs wasn’t supposed to mesh this well together. It must be a fluke.

Kentucky Derby 2018: History, Trends, and Predictions

01 May 2018 • 7 min read
Horses Charging

Described as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Kentucky Derby never fails to capture the attention of sports and gambling enthusiasts alike each May. First held in 1875, the world famous race at Churchill Downs has become ingrained in American sports culture. Thoroughbreds that have gone on to become immortalized in history used the Derby as a stepping stone to greatness. The 144th Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 5.

UCLA Gymnastics: Analysis and Optimal Lineups Heading into Championship Meets

22 Mar 2018 • 11 min read
UCLA Gymnastics girl

The most exciting time of the year for women’s collegiate gymnastics is just around the corner. UCLA, currently ranked 3rd in the country, will compete for a conference, regional, and hopefully national championship in the coming weeks. Boasting a roster littered with former Olympians and elite gymnasts, the Bruins are in a great position to challenge Oklahoma, LSU, and the rest of the best programs in America for a NCAA title.

Joe Thornton: The Bearded Legend

28 Feb 2018 • 11 min read
Bearded Hockey Player

Throughout his 20 years in the National Hockey League (NHL), Joe Thornton has proven time and time again that he is one of hockey’s best players. Drafted first overall in the 1997 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, Thornton was highly-touted, but nobody thought he would turn out to be such a legendary player. With a large frame and an insane ability to distribute the puck to his teammates, he has been and continues to be remarkably consistent. As a result, he has won numerous awards, including the Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP), the Art Ross Trophy (Most Points), 6 All-Star Team nominations, and a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics with Team Canada.

An In-Depth Look at NCAA Pac-12 Women’s Soccer

14 Jan 2018 • 8 min read
UCLA Women's Soccer

Women’s collegiate soccer is thriving on the west coast. Less than two months ago, the championship game of the College Cup saw two Pac-12 powerhouses go head-to-head in Orlando, Florida. Stanford emerged with a 3-2 victory over UCLA to secure their second title since 2011 and the conference’s fourth in that seven-year span. Both teams are set up extremely well heading into next season, and the road to a national championship appears to run through California.


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