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How Good Was Doug Flutie?

Doug Flutie has finally left the building. Flutie retired today, ending a twenty-one year career that took him from the USFL (is he the last survivor from that league?), the NFL, the CFL, and back to the NFL. He will be remembered most often for winning the 1984 Heisman Trophy, …

Is Kobe Like Mike?

Also posted at The Sports Economist A few weeks ago the ever insightful Bill Simmons of ESPN.com announced his choice for NBA MVP.  Simmons went through each of the players he thought were the top candidates and settled on Kobe Bryant.  If we look strictly at player productivity, or Wins …

The Retirement of Greg Ostertag

A few weeks ago, with little fanfare, Greg Ostertag retired. Ostertag was the second to last player taken in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft and he spent virtually his entire eleven year career as the often maligned center for the Utah Jazz. Across this career he averaged …

The Joey Harrington Era Ends

The Joey Harrington era has finally ended in Detroit. Now that another quarterback’s career has ended in Detroit it is a good time to reflect on the history of signal callers in the Motor City. In 1971 Greg Landry was named to the Pro Bowl and he still remains the …

Bogut or Villanueva?

The voting for Rookie of the Year was quite easy this season. Chris Paul was clearly the most productive rookie.  Who was second best?  Both the coaches voting for the All-Rookie team and the media’s selection for Rookie of the Year placed Charlie Villanueva second.  The number one choice in …

NBA Rookie of the Year

Chris Paul was named Rookie of the Year this week.  The statistics confirm the analysis of the voters; Paul is easily the most productive rookie.  Paul produced 18 wins in his first season. To put this in perspective, consider that the combined Wins Produced of the five rookies trailing Paul …

The Great Morphing Athlete

Like a lot of us, I like to spend my free time (when the family let’s me!) watching sports. After baseball, I probably like to watch golf the most. While some find the sport a little slow and perhaps a little pretentious, I find it a sport which requires guile …

Jason Kidd or Steve Nash?

Also posted at The Sports Economist. For the second consecutive season point guard Steve Nash has won the NBA’s MVP award.  With two MVP awards can anyone question that Nash is the greatest point guard in the NBA today?  Well The Daily Dime at ESPN.com has reached a different conclusion.  …

Another Comment on John Kenneth Galbraith

Brad DeLong is once again trumpeting the career of John Kenneth Galbraith.  Yesterday he posted a link to a Washington Post article (Friends Who Fit Together Smartly: Galbraith and Schlesinger, Like-Minded Neighbors) examining the connection between Galbraith and Arthur Schlesinger.  The article also provides further details on Galbraith’s life and …

JC Bradbury and Steroids in Baseball

JC Bradbury, currently an economist at the University of the South, but soon to be sports economist at Kennesaw State University, has a wonderful site called Sabernomics.  Today he posted a great essay detailing why home runs have increased in baseball.  Bradbury dismisses the issue of steroids and instead builds …