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April 2008

Does it Matter Who You Play?

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 and who authored a guest column last December.  In addition to posting frequently at the WoW Journal, Jason is a research associate in …

Missing and Missing and Missing in Minnesota

In 2005-06 and 2006-07, Kevin Garnett produced wins in large quantities for Minnesota.  But his teammates, as Tables One and Two note, did very little. Consequently, KG did not often receive the acclaim his production deserved. Table One: Stars and Everyone Else in 2005-06 Table Two: Stars and Everyone Else …

Evaluating the Nucleus in Memphis

In a very short period of time, 3 Shades of Blue has become one of the better NBA team fan sites on the Internet.  In addition to providing detailed coverage of the Memphis Grizzlies, this site is also becoming known for landing significant interviews with important people associated with this …

Thursday was another milestone

On Tuesday the Wages of Wins Journal reached one million in page views.  Thursday was another milestone (which I missed): Our Second Anniversary. As I did last year on our first anniversary, it’s to check the stats on this blog. Here were our Word Press stats after Year One: Number …

The Mess in the West

The season is winding down and so our thoughts turn to the playoffs. Now we wish to know how each team will do in the NBA’s second season. Forecasting the East is easy (so everyone should look like Erich Doerr).  Whether we look at won-loss record or efficiency differential (offensive efficiency …

Fabulous Fazekas

As noted yesterday, Erich Doerr – via a nifty Monte Carlo simulation — called the NCAA championship game before the tournament started.  Although we can’t expect such precision every year (so don’t go betting your life-savings next year on Erich’s picks), it is still neat to see statistical analysis produce …

Now I Get the Fans of Kobe

One of the stories I often tell in this forum – as the following posts indicate — is that Kobe Bryant is a very good, but not the very best, basketball player.   Kobe for MVP? Kobe and T-Mac Again T-Mac and Kobe The Return of Bynum Gets Even Andrew Bynum is Getting Even Kobe Myths Kobe …

Passing the One Million Mark

Sometime in the last hour the aggregate page views at the WoW Journal passed the 1 million mark.  Once again, thanks to everyone for stopping by.  Judging by the comments from the last post, apparently it pays to visit.  At least, people are noting that they won money on their …

Erich Doerr Gets it Right!!!

Before the NCAA tournament began, Erich Doerr – a WoW Journal reader (and occasional contributor) – posted the results of his Monte Carlo simulation of the tournament.  An Instant Analysis of the NCAA Tournament The above column included the following paragraphs: Now that the seeds have been given, what are the …