Miami Parties Like Its 1999

The Pareto Principle tells us that 80% of output is created by 20% of the population. Although I am not sure how widely this principle applies, it certainly appears to work in the NBA. The top 20% of players in Wins Produced do create about 80% of the league’s wins. …

MJ Makes Some Moves

Kelly Dwyer posted a comment at TrueHoop on Friday entitled “Bobcats? You Betcha.” Here is how the column starts: C: Emeka Okafor, Primoz Brezec PF: Walter Herrmann, Sean May SF: Gerald Wallace, Adam Morrison SG: Jason Richardson, Matt Carroll PG: Raymond Felton That’s a good team. That could be a …

Pistol Pete — An Early Answer

Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted a lengthy story on Kobe Bryant on Monday entitled “To Be Determined: Kobe Bryant’s Place in History”. Towards the end of his story (which is a lengthy but good read) is a comparison of Kobe and Pistol Pete Maravich. Just like Pistol Pete, …

A Tribute to Barry Bonds and Other News

Last night, as my daughters were going to bed, I turned the TV to the Giants-Nationals game. When the TV went on Barry Bonds was at the plate. The very next pitch was deposited over the wall and history was made. Before this historic moment I was just about to …

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 …

While at the beach

This past Wednesday morning I received an e-mail from Tim Lemke of The Washington Times. Lemke was working on a story examining whether or not there was any real impact in professional sports from scandals (such as the recent behavior of NBA referee Tim Donaghy). Lemke’s story, entitled Nothing Like …