"Thus seen through the lens of the theoretical physicist, basketball is merely a random walk (albeit in continuous time and with some additional subtleties) so that all of the observable consequences of the game that are of interest to the quantitative scientist follow from this random-walk description."The botom line: If I'm going to look at a random walk, then I'm going to look at some polymer modeling research instead.
[*] Soccer (football to non-US based readers) [**] is quite the opposite - not enough scoring. What I really like is lacrosse - about 10 scores a game for a team, fast paced and a wide open field. Basically it's a mix of hockey and soccer, but the result has an unexpected synergy.
[**] Since Brits seem to get so upset with Americans calling the game "soccer", could one of them explain to my why the British journal publisher Taylor & Francis publishes a journal entitled "Soccer and Society"? Please?