New Look

Steve Walters, the brilliant Loyola economist who has written several columns for the WoW Journal, suggested that this blog needs a new look. What he wanted was just the title of each post, the opening paragraph, and then just a link to let the reader read more if they liked.  This way …

Game One Thoughts

Let me pretend to be a sports reporter tonight and post my comments on Game One of the NBA Finals this evening.   Coming into tonight’s game LeBron had played 16 games in the 2007 NBA Finals.  In fifteen games he was above average.  Tonight he would have had to play …

The Next Jordan?

Last season the “next Jordan” was Dwyane Wade. And as Henry Abbott reports, LeBron James was considered the first cut for Team USA. A few months later, LeBron has fully assumed both the mantle of King James and the “next Jordan”. Has anything changed besides popular perception? Let’s start with …

An Historic Upset?

Ian Thomsen stated the following yesterday at SI.com: I’m not going to say that the Cavaliers are incapable of upsetting the Spurs — not after watching them put down the supposedly unbeatable Pistons. If LeBron James turns out to be the best player on the floor, and if his teammates …

Previewing the NBA Finals – A First Cut

Let’s cut to the chase. San Antonio is a better team than Cleveland. We can see this clearly in the regular season numbers. In 2006-07 the Spurs scored 106.4 points per 100 possessions. The Cavs, meanwhile, scored 102.3. From this we see the Spurs are better offensively. On defense the …

The Best of 1980 – Bill Laimbeer?

Jerry Seinfeld has observed that a sports fan will “love” a player when he plays on the fan’s team, then “hate” the same player when he plays elsewhere. For Seinfeld, this means fans are not rooting for players and teams, but just for clothes. Certainly I am not immune to …

Rocket Science: Clemens and ‘Roids

Another brilliant comment from economist Steve Walters of Loyola College: I plead guilty to being uncharitably suspicious. Watching Roger Clemens go off on a young sportswriter after his last minor-league tune-up in Scranton, I wondered: “’roid rage?” The tantrum was, at one level, merely classic Egotistical A-hole Athlete. Clemens escalated …

Searching for Role Players

One question I am occasionally asked is why an economist spends his time studying the NBA. Obviously this gives me a good excuse to watch and talk about the Association. But is there any real academic value? My answer – when I am being serious (which isn’t often) – is …

The Demon Deacon Trio

A few days ago I noted that Chris Paul has consistently out-performed Deron Williams. This has been true their first two seasons in the NBA, as well as each player’s last season in college. This analysis led John Burger – one-half of the famed Burger-Walter sports economics team – to …

Rising in the Rankings

The Gongol rankings for June came out yesterday and The Wages of Wins Journal is now ranked 38th among ranked business and economics blogs in number of “page views”. In terms of “visitors” we are ranked 41st. What are the Gongol rankings? In April, while noting our one year anniversary, …