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December 2007

Reviewing the Central Division

Last week I reviewed all five teams in the Atlantic Division.  This week we turn our attention to the teams of the Central Division. Wins and Efficiency Differential Following the format of last week’s review, I will start by noting each team’s won-loss record and efficiency differential (offensive efficiency – …

FAQs and Position Averages

In recent weeks the number of comments has increased dramatically at the WoW Journal.  This is a good thing since it tells us that people are interested in the conversations we are having in this forum.  But I have noticed one downside.  It appears that we frequently have the same …

Replacing a Dream

Editors Note: Today’s guest column is authored by Jason Eshleman.  For regular readers of the WoW Journal, this is the “Jason” who offers so many wonderful comments.  In addition to posting frequently at the WoW Journal, Jason is a research associate in Anthropology at UC Davis.  Jason co-founded Trace Genetics, …

Are the Pistons this Good?

When I write about sports I typically like to pretend that I’m an objective academic.  In essence, I look at the data and tell the story I see.  Of course, sometimes I have trouble believing what I see.  Consider the team I follow, the Detroit Pistons.  As I noted last …

The Greatness of LaDainian Tomlinson

This week’s football column is going to focus entirely on LaDainian Tomlinson (but also talk about Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, and a host of all-time backs).  After Week Four Tomlinson was only ranked 22nd in the NFL in RB Score per game.  And his mark of 23.8 was below average …

The Return of Bynum Gets Even

The last few days I have spent either grading or doing something to avoid grading (I hate grading).  While I have been busy (or not busy with this work), a column I wrote on Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant has been getting quite a bit of attention.  Henry Abbott at …

Reviewing the Atlantic Division

One of the complaints readers of the WoW Journal voice from time to time is that Wins Produced and WP48 is only revealed during the season one team at a time.  And the process by which these are revealed is entirely subject to my whims. If I don’t feel like …

Shaq is Still the Best

A milestone in Shaquille O’Neal’s career is rapidly approaching.  On Friday night the Heat will take on the Golden State Warriors.  And assuming Shaq plays (and that he plays Thursday night against Portland), this will be O’Neal’s 1,000 regular season NBA game. Given this milestone, I thought it would be …