Two Great Entries at The Sports Economist

In addition to writing at The Wages of Wins Journal, I occasionally offer a comment at The Sports Economist. The Sports Economist is a blog created by Raymond (Skip) Sauer, a professor of economics at Clemson University. Skip put together a roster of sports economists to offer posts, which both …

Connecting Seattle Past to Seattle Present

Two days ago I wrote a column on “The Human Eraser”, Marvin Webster.  This post argued that Webster was the most productive player on a Sonics team that went to the NBA Finals.  Yesterday I examined how the Sonics lost Webster, again their best player, but still managed to win …

The Story of the Human Eraser

Recent developments in Seattle suggest that the SuperSonics may soon be departing.  As an economist I should say something about what Seattle should do to keep this team (Seattle shouldn’t do much) or what Oklahoma City should be willing to do to attract this franchise (again, not much), but today …

Ranking the Michigan Alumni

Last week I posted a less than serious examination of the best NBA players to graduate from the University of Arizona.  The post was a response to the assertion from Gilbert Arenas that he was the best Arizona Wildcat in the Association. As occasionally happens, Henry Abbott – whose mission …

Wait! Wait! Don’t Lie to Me

The Al Franken Show (which was broadcast on Air America) would have a game show each Friday called “Wait! Wait! Don’t Lie to Me.”  Hosted by both Al Franken and Salon.com columnist Joe Conason, the game consisted of a statement being played for a caller.  The caller then had to …

Ranking Agent Zero and the Arizona Alumni

On Monday, Henry Abbott at TrueHoop discussed the rivalry between Gilbert Arenas and Richard Jefferson. This discussion linked to Agent Zero’s blog at NBA.com. In a discussion of Jason Gardner’s wedding, attended by both Arenas and Jefferson, Arenas offered the following observation: It really was a great time. Me and …

The Dream Team is Back

Okay, not really.  But the latest edition of the Dream Team is the best we have seen since 1996.  So there is hope that Team USA can take the gold medal in 2008. To see why we should be optimistic, let’s review the history of the Dream Team.The first Dream …