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December 2006

The Iverson Market

Dan Shanoff has named The Wages of Wins as one of the top ten sports books of 2006. In giving us this honor (which we think is pretty cool), Shanoff made the following observation: The Wages of Wins, by David Berri et al. This “Freakonomics meets Sports” might be the …

Week Fourteen Quarterback Rankings

The Week Fourteen Quarterback Rankings The Overall Rankings The number one quarterback in the overall rankings is now Drew Brees. The top quarterback in week fourteen was Philip Rivers. Last year these two quarterbacks were teammates with the San Diego Chargers. Given the success each has enjoyed thus far in …

Summarizing Our Thoughts on Baseball

The free agent market in baseball is in full-swing and already gobs of money have been offered and accepted. With the money flying the cries about the disparity between the haves and have-nots are once again being heard. So perhaps it is a good time to review what The Wages …

Trading Allen Iverson

Both the Knicks and 76ers failed to meet the expectations of their fans in 2005-06. Although 05-06 season was not a success for either team, both teams still made very few changes to their rosters this past summer. So far in 2006-07 this strategy – which ignored the general consistency …

The New York Knicks at the Quarter Pole

A frequent topic in this forum is the New York Knicks. The reason for the frequent discussion of New York’s favorite team is that the Knicks are perhaps the perfect example of where we think decision-making in the NBA goes astray. Isiah Thomas was given a vast budget in New …

The 2005 Rookie Class

One theme we return to again and again in The Wages of Wins is the importance of reference points. Whether we are discussing competitive balance in sports or the consistency in player performance across time, we had to be careful to note our reference point when we made statements like, …

A Couple of Notes of Interest

Later today I am going to comment on the 2005 NBA rookie class. For now, I wanted to draw attention to a couple of notes of interest. Sports Biz with Darren Rovell A few months ago Darren Rovell moved from ESPN to CNBC. Somewhere along the way with this move …

Week Thirteen Quarterback Rankings

The Week Thirteen Quarterback Rankings The Overall Rankings The Worst Performance, Times Three Back in week six Rex Grossman of the Chicago Bears posted a QB Score per play of -7.12. Up until week 13 this was the worst performance by an NFL quarterback in 2006. The Bears defense apparently …

A First Glance at the 2006 Rookie Class

After Sunday’s games the NBA had completed about 20% of its regular season schedule. With this sample of games on the books, we now have some evidence that many NBA teams might not be too happy with their choices during the 2006 NBA draft. So far Adam Morrison is the …

On Jordan and Rodman, Again

My rule for The Wages of Wins Journal is one post, and only one post, per day. This schedule allows me to keep my focus on my academic research (at least, that is the general idea). Today, though, there is more than one topic I want to discuss. The list …