The Mark Cuban Era in Dallas

Mark Cuban became the majority owner of the Dallas Mavericks towards the end of the 1999-00 season (the deal was approved by the NBA on April 11, 2000).  The team Cuban purchased was just finishing its 20th season in the Association. In those 20 years the Mavericks had won 40% …

The Wages of Wins in One Sentence

I was going to post a different story today, but I wanted to comment on something posted at SI.Com.  The following is a caption for a picture of Gilbert Arenas:  Having already stated his intention to become a free agent next summer, Agent Zero is likely to use the coming …

The Best Suns Team

It has become a standard doctrine in the “church of basketball stats” that efficiency differential – or offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency (or points per possession minus points surrendered per possession) – is a pretty good approach to team evaluation.  You see this basic argument in the writing of Dean …

Justin Wolfers is an Agitator?

Last Saturday, in one of his last entries at Marginal Revolution, Justin Wolfers posted the following: ESPN Magazine lists their list of the Nine Behind-the-Scenes Power Brokers in Sports.  Reprinted in Business Week here.  Includes one rather unexpected name. Clicking on the link to Business Week (or just looking on …

Future NBA Stars

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated.com posted a photo essay revealing the top ten “future stars of the NBA.”  When I saw this I thought this would make a great story at the WoW Journal.  I even went so far as to analyze the players SI chose and to compile …

After the Answer

After 24 games last season the Philadelphia 76ers were 5-19.  And then Andre Miller and Joe Smith arrived (in the Allen Iverson trade) and the 76ers suddenly were transformed from the NBA’s worst team to a distinctly average club.  After the arrival of Miller and Smith, the Sixers won 30 …

Week Five QB Score and RB Score Rankings

Overall and Week Five QB Score Rankings Overall and Week Five RB Score Rankings Here are the QB Score and RB Score rankings for Week Five.  The above links actually provide two tables for both the quarterbacks and running backs.  Looking at the quarterbacks, the first table is the overall …

Yankee Liberation Day

Monday was Yankee Liberation Day.  With the Cleveland Indians elimination of the New York Yankees, the media’s coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs can now focus on the other teams still playing baseball.  In case you hadn’t heard, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox …