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November 2006

Behavioral Economics

The rule I have adopted for this blog is one post a day. The reason for this rule is that I wish to guard against the blog taking away time from my academic research. So far, my one post a day rule appears to be working. Today, though, I don’t …

The Short Supply of Tall People

Matthew Yglesias has posted a comment on Competitive Balance in the NBA. His comment echoes one of the stories we tell in The Wages of Wins – specifically that the NBA suffers from a “Short Supply of Tall People.” In his comment, Yglesias links to The Wages of Wins Journal. …

The Surprising Utah Jazz

After ten games the Utah Jazz have the best record in the NBA. How did this happen? In reviewing the Jazz of last season I noted that this team had several above average front-court players – Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer, Mehmut Okur, and Matt Harpring – and very little in …

More Thoughts On Duck on a Rock

My post on PERs a couple of days ago led to a few interesting comments. Let me respond with a few more observations about evaluating player productivity in Duck on a Rock – I mean basketball. Evaluating the Average Player Imagine a team had a player that was average in …

The Story Behind the Football Chapter

Two more reviews have been offered of The Wages of Wins. The first is from JC Bradbury, of Sabernomics fame and an economist in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Sport Science at Kennesaw State University. Bradbury’s review was published in the International Journal of Sport and Finance (IJSF) …

A Comment on the Player Efficiency Rating

Before Malcolm Gladwell wrote his article on The Wages of Wins in the New Yorker he asked me a series of questions about our research. One of his question was, “How would you say your system differs (and is better than) Hollinger’s PER? I’ve noticed that some of his conclusions …

Week Ten Quarterback Rankings

Before we get to the stories for this week, here are the The Week Ten Quarterback Rankings and The Overall Rankings. Now here are five stories about what these rankings say. These are not the only stories the rankings can tell, but these are stories that came to mind as …

Early Returns on the Knicks

The New York Knicks have now played 10% of their 2006-07 schedule and the very early returns suggest that Larry Brown was not the problem. After eight games the Knicks have only won two games. The two victories – a one point triple over-time win over the hapless Memphis Grizzlies …