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May 2006

Can You Predict the Future with Wins Produced?

Malcolm Gladwell made the following observation at his blog a few days ago: Is the Wages of Wins algorithm an improvement over the things like the NBA Efficiency system? To make the case for their system, the authors “fit” their algorithm to the real world. For the 2003-04 season, they …

Comment on the Call for Sports Union Militancy

Matthew Yglesias at the American Prospect posted the following at TAPPED (a blog at the American Prospect website): NEEDED: MORE SPORTS UNION MILITANCY. If you just read Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker review of the new book The Wages of Wins, about the economic analysis of sports, you'll miss the important …

The WagesofWins.com

Much of the action on our website occurs on our blog, The Wages of Wins Journal.  About once a week we post updates at the WagesofWins.com. At our blog, though, our comments come more frequently. For those who found The Wages of Wins Journal via Malcolm Gladwell’s blog or the …

Really, that was just a Joke

On Saturday I posted a comment about the Detroit Tigers arguing that the team I have followed since a child needs to lose a bit more.  My argument, made in jest, was that the team with the best regular season record in baseball has only won the World Series once …

Asking the Same Question as Greg Mankiw

We started The Wages of Wins Journal in mid-April and have been pleased with the attention we have received.  Still, Greg Mankiw asks a question today at his blog that I have thought about as well. Greg wonders if he is “eating a free lunch?”  Specifically he states:“For the past …

The NBA Post-Season Awards

The NBA has handed out its post-season awards. What follows is a review of the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and All-NBA teams.  Who would the winners be if the media only looked at the stats, and of course, considered how the stats linked to team wins? Most Valuable Player: …

Three Real Smart Guys

Apparently Marty, Stacey, and I are “three Real Smart Guys.” At least, that is what Michael Bradley of CBS Sportline.com claims in a column posted on Thursday.  Bradley makes this unbelievable claim in the course of arguing why Kobe Bryant is not the MVP this season.  Bradley’s argument about Kobe …

Are the Tigers Winning Too Much?

I was born in Detroit and although my family left when I was eleven, I have remained a Tigers fan all my life.  From 1978 to 1993 the Tigers finished with a winning record twelve times. So much of my early memories, including of course the magical 1984 season, are …

Business Week Notes Our Blog

Earlier in the week I received an e-mail from Business Week expressing interest in our blog.  The e-mail asked if we were planning on posting often, and if we were not then they would link to some other site.  I answered that we were of course going to post frequently, …

Ticket Prices and Player Salaries

Malcolm Gladwell has focused primarily on the stories we tell about basketball.  His very positive review in The New Yorker and his comments yesterday at his website each explain clearly the story we tell with respect to the NBA.  The Wages of Wins, though, is not strictly about the NBA.  …