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Arbitrary Algorithms

It has been over five weeks since Malcolm Gladwell reviewed our work in The New Yorker.  Like all great writing, Gladwell’s review has stood the test of time.  As we look back on this great piece of writing, let me draw your attention to what has become my favorite line: …

New York Loves Us

On May 29 Malcolm Gladwell gave The Wages of Wins a glowing review in The New Yorker.  A couple of weeks later – June 10 to be exact — I authored an invited op-ed in The New York Time.  Two weeks after my op-ed appeared, Joe Nocera reviewed The Wages …

I Like Bill Simmons, Really I Do

Twice in the past month ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons has made reference to our book.  Generally when members of the media mention our book I get pretty happy.  Of course, that's because typically the response to our work – by people who have actually read our work – has been really …

Larry Brown or Isiah Thomas?

The Knicks yesterday bid good-bye to Larry Brown.  After a season where the Knicks spent more than any other team, and lost more than all but the Portland Trailblazers, it is expected that New York would make changes.  But did they make the right change? There are two actors in …

The World Cup and Economics

The United States – who entered the World Cup with supposedly the fifth best team in the world – has been eliminated from the World Cup.  Once again the United States has failed to find much success in the world’s most popular sport.  How can it be that a nation …

Is Wade the Next Jordan?

After Wade averaged nearly 35 points and 8 boards in the NBA Finals the media has now crowned him the “next Jordan.”  Unlike the previous “next Jordans” – Grant Hill, Jerry Stackhouse, Vince Carter, etc. – this “next Jordan” has now clearly led his team to an NBA Championship.  So is …

Four Thoughts on Game Five

1.            Half a Hero is better than None At the end of Game Five Dwyane Wade was a hero.  If all you saw was the first half, though, that is not the story you’d tell.  At the half the Mavericks led 51-43.  Miami was definitely in trouble, since a loss …