John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at and writing for He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.

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Pac-12 Best Week 1 Record Vs. SOS

The Pac-12 survived upset bids 4,694 miles apart, and Cal went to the Midwest to help match the SEC's 5-2 mark in Week 1 and take Week 1 honors, while CUSA went 5-5 to finish as the 6th best Week 1 conference behind the Big 5. Breitbart's preseason projection showed the SEC going 1199-397 (75%) against all other FBS opponents to 1003-389 (72%) for the Pac-12, but in Week 1 the Pac-12's 5-2 mark came against tougher competition. Aug 31, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Projections of All 7,406 Match-ups & How They Were Calculated

The following are the projected NON-CONFERENCE records for all 129 FBS teams assuming they played every other team except those in their conference (a total of 7,406 total non-conference games). The projected conference record is the starting basis for the Method 1 weekly ratings. The following are the basic components of how these are calculated: Aug 31, 2014 1:28 AM PT

Best Conference? Breakdown of Each Game This Weekend

On Friday, Conference USA was established as the best of the "other five" conferences. Saturday the pecking order of the big five will be determined by if Wisconsin can upset LSU and/or Clemson can upset Georgia to challenge the long-reign of the SEC, while the Big 12 would like to follow-up on Oklahoma's thrashing of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl with an Oklahoma State upset of defending champ Florida State. Aug 30, 2014 7:30 AM PT

College Hoops Preview: Supermodel, Midnight Pearl, Most Improved Teams

AUBURN - Last year fans chanted "Amanda" over and over to celebrate coach Andy Enfield and his wife and former Maxim swimsuit cover Amanda Marcum making the Sweet 16. This week Auburn fans started the first week of FOOTBALL by chanting "free at last" for basketball coach Bruce Pearl's suspension ending at midnight Sunday. Pearl and Enfield are running two of the three most improved programs based system that received 1,200 Facebook shares after its release by Fox Sports the opening week of football. Aug 28, 2014 7:50 AM PT

Hoops Database for the People

Breitbart Sports unveils the most comprehensive database of the values of college basketball players available, allowing you the reader to access all 4,250 players. Aug 18, 2014 6:44 AM PT

WNBA: Tallest Player vs. Best Player

If there was ever a must-watch WNBA game, it would have to be the tallest player in the league flying from Los Angeles to Minnesota to put a 15-game winning streak on the line Thursday against the best women’s player in the world who just put up 48 points on 7-of-9 three-point shooting. Jul 30, 2014 5:29 AM PT

Big East Boasts NBA Player from Every Team

Forbes recently estimated ESPN's $50 billion price tag, and the brand alone is worth more than Fox's brand ($12.9 billion to $10.2 billion according to Forbes). The sports giant protected market share against Fox Sports 1's attempt to promote the Big East. ESPN released Requiem for the Big East just before Fox Sports 1's first broadcast of the tournament from Madison Square Garden. However, a Breitbart Sports study of current NBA rosters (see all 387 players below) shows the Big East is one of only two conferences to boast an NBA player from every team. Jul 27, 2014 2:30 PM PT

Nerlens Noel Returns as Top Defender 17 Months after Injury

Before his brutal injury in 2013, Breitbart Sports noted that Nerlens Noel's 12 blocked shots in one game had him on pace to challenge fellow Wildcat Anthony Davis and former Duke star Shelden Williams as the best college defensive players in the history of the Value Add rankings. Now Exclusive Breitbart ratings (see below) of 359 players indicate his average 2.3 steals, 3.0 blocks, and low 9.8 points allowed make him one of the top three Summer League players in his first return to action in 17 months. Jul 21, 2014 5:54 AM PT

Cleveland Wins Again! Can GOP Ride Wave?

At this rate, Republican National Convention delegates in 2016 could get to town just in time to see James playing for the NBA title, the Indians in a pennant race, and Johnny Manziel getting ready for training camp coming off a playoff run. Republicans hope the city's recent success will rub off them as they seek to take back Ohio in a quest to once again win the White House. Jul 20, 2014 11:58 AM PT

Summer League: Plumlee Tops Ranking of All Players

Mason Plumlee was the top ranked Value Add player when Breitbart Sports debuted on New Years Day 2013, and now he is the top-ranked player in Summer League with a rating of 1.06. Jul 14, 2014 8:53 AM PT


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