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December 2006

The Knicks in the Playoffs?

Suspensions and injuries have decimated the New York Knicks. Once a team with an abundance of scoring guards, last night the Knicks played without the services of Quentin Richardson, Steve Francis, and Nate Robinson. Without these players the Knicks backcourt consisted of Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury. Consequently, Isiah Thomas …

Is Dwight Howard the next Shaq?

In the December 18 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Ric Bucher penned an article entitled “Magic Prince.” In this article Bucher compares the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard to Shaquille O’Neal. Both players are large men (yes, Shaq is a bit larger) who were chosen with the first overall pick in …

Week Fifteen Quarterback Rankings

The Week Fifteen Quarterback Rankings The Overall Rankings Pro Bowl Selections The NFL has announced the Pro Bowl participants for 2007. The AFC quarterbacks will be Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, and Carson Palmer. The NFC will be represented by Drew Brees, Tony Romo, and Marc Bulger. Each of these players …

Iverson Goes to Denver

Yesterday I commented on the Iverson trade from the perspective of the 76ers. Because Andre Miller has historically produced more wins than Iverson, a result we are also observing this year, it looks like this trade improves the 76ers. Miller does not solve all the problems in Philadelphia, but coupled …

First Impressions of the Iverson Trade

Marc Stein and Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com reported today that the Nuggets have acquired Allen Iverson. As of now the trade is Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and two first round draft picks for Iverson. Yesterday I thought that perhaps Billy King – Philadelphia’s president — was just keeping Iverson out …

The Wisdom of Billy King

In The Wages of Wins we note the difference between decision-making in most businesses and professional sports. In most industries if a manager makes bad decisions the firm can lose money and the decision-maker can lose her/his job. In sports, in addition to losing money and/or jobs, managers are also …

USF Cougars Tops USF Cougars to Take the Title

Yesterday the USF Cougars defeated the USF Cougars 23-19 to capture the 51st annual NAIA Football National Championship. Jason Dannelly reported that the victory completed a 14-0 season for USF. It was also a somewhat surprising victory, since USF only gained 214 yards while allowing USF to total 349 yards. …

An Interesting Eddy Curry Stat

Tonight Eddy Curry, in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, captured three rebounds in 26 minutes. For a 6’11” big man, this is very bad. He also turned the ball over four times. Yes, he lost the ball via turnovers more than he got the ball for his team via …