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May 28, 2006

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.  …

The Tragedy of Kevin Garnett

The sportswriters selected Steve Nash as MVP this season. I have noted previously that Steve Nash had a very good season, ranking in the top 10 in Wins Produced. Previously I also argued that Jason Kidd was a bit better, ranking second overall in Wins Production and first among point …

Malcolm Gladwell Speaks Again

This week Malcolm Gladwell, author of the best selling books Blink and The Tipping Point, wrote a very positive review of The Wages of Wins in The New Yorker.  Yesterday he offered a few extra comments, entitled Basketball By the Numbers, on his website.  Good journalists, and Gladwell is one …