Week Four QB Score and RB Score Rankings

Overall and Week Four QB Score Rankings Overall and Week Four RB Score Rankings  The Quarterback Stories After three weeks the defending NFC Champions were 1-2.  Looking at the Bears roster it appeared obvious where the problem was.  Rex Grossman, the team’s quarterback, had a QB Score per play of …

The Washington Wizards: The Anti-Nets

Yesterday’s column – titled The Nets Surrender – was intended to make two points.  First, player performance in the NBA – relative to the NFL and MLB – is quite consistent.  Consequently we have a much better idea of how an NBA team will do before a season starts than …

A New Banner Thanks to Jeremy Britton

Last night I got an e-mail from Jeremy Britton.  Jeremy – a loyal reader of the WoW Journal – noted that he liked some recent posts.  He then noted the recent brief change in this blog’s presentation.  After noting he didn’t like those now discarded changes, he then moved on …

The Nets Surrender

As the Mets have learned over the past few weeks, baseball is unpredictable.  Until the games are played you are never quite sure what will happen. To an even larger extent unpredictability rules the National Football League.  Four games into the season and supposed Super Bowl contenders like the Saints …

Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night

Here is a blog post that kind of got away from me.  It’s Saturday night and I had a few thoughts about what to write about. Rather than choose, though, I decided to just cram all my ideas into one column.  So the following will start with a conversation I …

Statistical Analysis vs. Human Experts

Can statistical analysis best human judgment?  This is one of the arguments that we make in The Wages of Wins.  And we have seen that this one argument has been greeted by a bit of skepticism from some of our readers (and others who have never read our book).  Typically, …

Blaming Kaman

At some point in this post I am going to get to the Clippers and Chris Kaman. But let me start someplace else – and yes, I think it’s relevant – before getting to the Clippers-Kaman story. Why Statistics are Tracked? This is how The Wages of Wins begins: Sports …

The Return of the Bulls

For twelve seasons, beginning in 1986-87 and ending in 1997-98, the Chicago Bulls boasted a positive efficiency differential (offensive efficiency – defensive efficiency) every year.  And not surprisingly, this team was quite successful, winning 69% of its regular season contests. Then in 1998 we saw the great exodus.  Michael Jordan, …

Week Three QB Score and RB Score Rankings

Week Three QB Score Rankings Overall QB Score Rankings Week Three RB Score Rankings Overall RB Score Rankings The Quarterback Stories The big quarterback story from Week Three was the return of Donovan McNabb. In terms of QB Score per play, McNabb was the second best quarterback in 2006.  In …