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January 2008

Sports Fans and Crime

For Christmas my wife added to my collection of books by Dave Barry by giving me Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys. Within this essential guide to guys, was the following discussion of how guys relate to sports. “…guys care about sports teams. I’m not talking about simply rooting; I’m …

A New Star in Indy

Who is the star of the Indiana Pacers? If you answered Larry Bird – the team’s President – you would probably be right.  On a team that’s only 17-22, it may be hard to find a star on the court.  But if we confined our search to players who are …

T-Mac and Kobe

Tracy McGrady is an NBA star.  For his career he has averaged more than twenty points per game and earned nearly $100 million. Despite his personal success and wealth, though, his teams have never made it out of the first round of the playoffs.  Certainly he and his team have …

The Logic of Life

Economics has historically been referred to as “The Dismal Science.”  Economists may bristle at the suggestion our subject is “dismal”, but people outside of economics often seem to regard the discipline as dry, abstract, and not entirely useful. “Interesting” Economics In recent years, though, an effort has been made by …

Riley the GM vs. Riley the Coach

The Miami Heat won the NBA title in June of 2006.  Flash forward a mere 18 months and this team is among the NBA’s worst.  So what happened to the Heat? With school back in session at Cal-State Bakersfield, I thought it would be a good idea to begin with …

Taking Moneyball Beyond Baseball

Yesterday I noted that I was no longer going to post daily columns.  In fact, I stated that I promised several co-authors that I would stop doing this. What follows, though, is not one of my columns (so I am not breaking my promise).  Rather, this is a column by …

Two From the Sun on the Knicks

This past weekend I was in New Orleans attending what economists refer to as The Meetings.  Specifically, I was attending the American Economic Association meetings, which is the main academic gathering in our discipline.  In essence, about 18,000 economists descended on New Orleans, much to the chagrin of the fun-loving …

Sort of Defending Isiah Thomas

A very odd headline appeared in the New York Daily News on Wednesday.  In an article authored by Frank Isola we learned that Isiah Thomas Predicts a Title.  Here are some excerpts from Isola’s story: “My belief and what I see and where I believe we can go as a …