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November 2010

Rethinking Quarterback Stats in the Wall Street Journal

Mike Sielski has written the following article for the Wall Street Journal: Rethinking Quarterback Stats: Vick’s Heroics Show How Traditional QB Ratings Short-Change Runners; Dr. Berri’s Theorem Yes, Mike’s artice reference the research on NFL quarterbacks presented in The Wages of Wins and Stumbling on Wins.  Along the way, he …

John Wall or Derrick Rose?

Who would you rather have, John Wall or Derrick Rose?  Both players played one season of college basketball with John Calipari. Both players were the first player chosen in their respective draft. And both players are already considered by many people as star point guards. But which player is more …

Are the Hornets for Real?

And then there was one.   Only one team has failed to lose a game in 2010-11, and that team is somewhat surprising.  Last year the New Orleans Hornets only won 37 games.  Since the 2009-10 season has ended the Hornets have added eight new players.  In other words, only five …

Sparky Memories

Sparky Anderson – Hall of Fame manager of the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers – passed away this past week.  In the past it has been noted that NBA coaches don’t generally alter player performance.  And I have heard that some research indicates the same for baseball managers. Although …