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September 2006

The Indiana Pacers in 2005-06

In 2003-04 the Pacers won 61 games, which was the best mark in the NBA that season. The next season the team suffered the Ron Artest incident and corresponding suspensions. The distraction and loss of playing talent contributed to the team only winning 44 games. In 2005-06 the team appeared …

Labor Day Thoughts

Today is Labor Day and I am clearly working (but only a little bit). Malcolm Gladwell posted a comment on his blog entitled “Abolish the NCAA” and I encourage everyone to go read what Gladwell has to say. Let me add just a few additional comments to Gladwell’s post. Gladwell …

Wikipedia Gets It Right

US News and World Report ranks the College of William&Mary 31st among National Universities. W&M is ranked higher than Penn State, Ohio State, New York University, Case Western Reserve, and the University of Rochester. In sum, it’s a good school. Much can be learned about this school at Wikipedia. In …

The Detroit Pistons in 2005-06

I was born in Detroit in 1969.  In 1981 my family left Detroit for Lincoln, Nebraska.  Although I have not lived in the Motor City for 25 years, I still maintain the same team loyalties I developed as a child.  I still follow the Tigers, Lions, and Pistons (as well …

Thoughts on the Defeat of Team USA

Academic articles take months, sometimes years, to write.  Newspaper articles are written far more quickly.  Team USA lost a few hours ago, and although I would like to take months and years to put my thoughts down, I imagine by then people might have lost interest in this topic.  So …