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November 2006

The Wisdom of Red Auerbach

About ten days ago I posted a comment on Red Auerbach at The Sports Economist. I am not sure the readers of The Wages of Wins Journal also read what we write at The Sports Economist, so I thought I would repeat my comments on Auerbach in this forum. Legendary …

Consistency in Football and Basketball

Over the past six months Marty and I have penned several columns for The New York Times. Five of these columns have been part of the Keeping Score feature. Frequently the Keeping Score column is written by Alan Schwartz [The Numbers Game author and the person who described our book …

Very Early Returns

We are less than two weeks into the NBA season. So far the early returns have been surprising. The Atlanta Hawks are currently 4-1. The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns have combined for only two wins, and one of these came from a game between these two teams. Of course …

Bradbury Does it Better

JC Bradbury – of Sabernomics fame – has offered two comments this week related to items posted in this forum. The first is on the discussion of payroll and wins in baseball. The second comment is on the latest from Michael Lewis – Blind Side. Bradbury on Payroll and Wins …

Do We Overvalue Rebounds?

About six weeks ago King Kaufman – the sports writer at Salon.com – wrote a column that criticized our work in The Wages of Wins. Kaufman’s work has a number of problems, some of which I will examine in subsequent postings. Today I want to focus on Kaufman’s claim that …

Week Nine Quarterback Rankings

We are now at the halfway point of the NFL season. So now is a good time to tell the story about what we have learned so far about quarterbacks in 2006. What we have learned is that quarterbacks are inconsistent (okay, I said that before). Every team has now …

Were the Fab Five all Fabulous?

The Fab Five. Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard, and Chris Webber were Michigan freshman who all started for a team in the NCAA title game. As sophomores these five repeated as title participants. Yes, these five lost both championship games. But years later few people can name …

Marty Keeping Score for the New York Times, Again

Frequent readers of The Wages of Wins Journal might have noticed that Marty and Stacey are not contributing much anymore. Marty’s excuse is The New York Times. Today he has penned his fourth Keeping Score column for the nation’s leading paper. Given the difference between what The New York Times …

Jalen Rose Signs

The New York Knicks waived Jalen Rose last Monday. And now it has been announced that he will be joining the Phoenix Suns. The Suns appear to be getting quite a deal. As noted by CBS Sportline (via hoopshype.com), Rose was scheduled to be the 13th highest paid player in …