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September 2006

The Toronto Raptors in 2005-06

A few days ago I noted a quote from Richard Peddie (President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., which owns both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors): “I’m really trying to read different books to get more perspective. I joke that I’ve read all the …

The Bottom Line: A Book Review

In August I received an advanced copy of the latest book by Andrew Zimbalist. For those who regularly read this forum you might ask “Zimbalist wrote another book already?” In 2005 Andrew Zimbalist and Stefan Szymanski published National Pastime – How Americans Plays Baseball and the Rest of the World …

Freakonomics vs. Moneyball

Originally Posted at The Sports Economist On page 10 of the October 2nd issue of Business Week is a brief article by Peter Coy entitled “Freakonomics vs. Moneyball.” Coy addresses an exchange between Steven Levitt – co-author of Freakonomics – and Raymond Sauer – Clemson economics professor and resident chief …

The Philadelphia 76ers in 2005-06

Malcolm Gladwell’s review of The Wages of Wins focused primarily on the story we told with respect to Allen Iverson. Specifically, we argue “The Answer” is not quite as good as people believe, a point expanded upon in this forum last July. Our view of Allen Iverson led people to …

The Wages of Wins in Canada

The cover story of the October issue of PROFIT magazine examines “How Canada’s Top Achievers Attain Peak Performance.” The author of the article, Kara Kurylllowicz, “asked some of Canada’s brightest lights in business, sports, media and the arts to share the techniques and resources they use to achieve peak performance.” …

Week Two Quarterback Rankings

Okay, this is a bit late. We are almost finished with Week Three. But as I noted, I was not able to make entries last week. So here are the quarterback rankings for Week Two, and the overall rankings after the second week. Rex Grossman was the top quarterback for …

Missing a Week

Okay, I’m back. Last Wednesday I was in Chicago, where I spoke at a MarketStance seminar at the University of Chicago. As I noted about ten days ago, it’s great fun to talk about The Wages of Wins to a live audience. And the people assembled by MarketStance were a …

The Orlando Magic in 2005-06

The Orlando Magic won 36 games in 2004-05. Last season the Magic also won 36 games. So it might appear that this team is simply treading water. Actually, although the record suggests otherwise, it looks like this team is making progress. As one can see HERE, the roster last season …

The New York Knicks in 2005-06

  Next up in the review of the 2005-06 NBA season is the New York Knicks. To date the Knicks have been the subject of at least three specific posts in this forum. Larry Brown or Isiah Thomas? Pinning Your Hopes on Eddy Curry? Isiah Thomas Discovers Role Players Given …