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October 2006

Week Five Quarterback Rankings

And then there was one. As the Week Five QB Score Rankings indicate, after five weeks we now have only one quarterback who has played more than once and been above average (an average QB Score per play is 1.1) every time he played. The last man standing has been …

An Algorithm from New York

Writing for The Wages of Wins Journal is fun, but not really an important part of my job. To keep my focus on my work I have adopted a rule of no more than one post per day. Yesterday, though, Martha Cooley – who we mention in the book – …

The Houston Rockets in 2005-06

Bonzi Wells played only six post-season games in 2006. Although the performance of his team – the Sacramento Kings — was somewhat forgettable, Wells left a very positive impression. He averaged twelve rebounds per game, a mark that is outstanding for a center or power forward. For a shooting guard, …

The Golden State Warriors in 2005-06

In 1993 the Golden State Warriors acquired Chris Webber the night of the NBA draft. In his rookie season Webber justified this decision. He produced 11.8 wins and was also named NBA Rookie of the Year. After his rookie campaign, though, Webber – and then-coach Don Nelson – had a …

Should the Yankees be Surprised?

“I’m stunned. This team fooled me to some degree,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is a tough one because this team was capable of a lot, at least I thought.” This was the reaction of the Yankees general manager to New York’s exit from the playoffs yesterday. Clearly Cashman …

We Love Most of New York

When I was growing up I was taught two lessons about baseball by my father. First, since we both grew up in Detroit, we root for the Tigers. Second, we hate the Yankees. My father’s hatred went all the way back to the 1930s and continued all his life. My …

A Really Good Day

In the Wages of Wins we note that we are not too fond of the New York Yankees. Well, today the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs — demonstrating once again that money alone can’t buy a title in baseball. Plus the Yankees lost to my team, the Detroit Tigers. …

Yglesias on Payroll and Wins

Matthew Yglesias has posted a comment on an article by Greg Johnson in the October 4th issue of the LA Times. Johnson’s article, entitled “Seriously, Money Isn’t Everything”, was also noted in this very forum. The argument advanced by Johnson, which builds upon quotes from noted sports economists Andrew Zimbalist …

The Denver Nuggets in 2005-06

Carmelo Anthony has been the subject of a number of comments in this forum. Although Anthony is often linked to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the following posts have argued that Anthony has never offered the level of productivity we observe from Flash and King James. One Prediction is (Almost) …

NBA Eastern Conference Reviews

With each team I review I am listing, at the bottom of the post, all the teams I have analyzed thus far. That list is getting a bit lengthy. So I am going to list all the Eastern Conference teams in this post, and then I will just reference this …