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Did Brett Favre Produce All Those Wins?

History was made when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants last Sunday.  With this victory — the 149th of Brett Favre’s career — Favre set the all-time record for wins by a starting NFL quarterback. Players are generally taught that there is “no I in team” and …

Week Two QB Score and RB Score Rankings

Week Two QB Score Rankings Overall QB Score Rankings The top story in Week Two – other than the Detroit Lions winning and moving into a tie for first place – is Brett Favre.  Favre and the Packers won this past weekend, an achievement that resulted in Favre taking the …

A New QB Score

One of the updates in the paperback edition of The Wages of Wins is a new QB Score model. The QB Score model in the hardcover edition was as follows: QB Score = Yards – 3*Plays – 50*All turnovers In the paperback edition, QB Score is now: QB Score = …

Statistical Thinking in Sports

Last month a book entitled Statistical Thinking in Sports was published by Chapman&Hall/CRC. Edited by Jim Albert and Ruud Koning, this book brings together a collection of essays examining various statistical aspects of sports. Included in this collection is work examining soccer, baseball, running, tennis, and one article on professional …

The Short Demand for Short People

By popular demand (and this is clear when we look at the popularity of his posts) guest blogger Steve Walters is back. For those of you with extremely short memories, Steve teaches economics at Loyola College in Maryland but remains a fan of his hometown Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and …

The NFL Draft on Bloomberg TV

Just to let everyone know… I am scheduled to be a guest on Bloomberg on the Economy (with Kathleen Hays) at 2:30pm EST (around that time) tomorrow.  The topic of discussion will be the economics of the NFL Draft.  Update: Just heard (at 7:40am PST) that I will not be …

Drew Bledsoe in the Hall of Fame?

Drew Bledsoe, the first player taken in the 1993 draft, retired last week. According to Don Banks of SI.com, Bledsoe finishes his career fifth all-time in completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611) and 13th in touchdown passes (251). So these stats suggest he is one of the all-time greats. …