The Value of WoW

Last fall I quoted from the cover story of the October issue of PROFIT magazine [“How Canada’s Top Achievers Attain Peak Performance”]. The author of the article, Kara Kurylllowicz, “asked some of Canada’s brightest lights in business, sports, media and the arts to share the techniques and resources they use …

Rondo for ROY

The choice for best rookie was pretty easy last year. Chris Paul was easily the top rookie in 2006, leading rookies in points scored, NBA Efficiency, and Wins Produced. At the All-Star break it looked like Rookie of the Year would be a pretty easy choice in 2007 as well. …

Speeding Up Time for Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons declares the following in the May 21st issue of ESPN the Magazine: Fifty years from now, some stat geek will crunch numbers from Duncan’s era and come to the conclusion that Kevin Garnett was just as good. And he’ll be wrong. No NBA team that featured a healthy …

Almost Back

Okay, I am almost back to posting on a semi-daily basis. Tomorrow I plan on posting a comment that I have tentatively titled “Speeding Up Time for Bill Simmons.” But today is not tomorrow, so I thought I would quickly update the WOW Journal with one more comment on the …

Baseball’s Arms Race and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

By very popular demand, guest blogger Steve Walters is back.  As noted before, Steve teaches economics at Loyola College in Maryland but remains a fan of his hometown Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins. Today he provides insights into the Clemens deal that you will not find anywhere else. Imagine …

Ian Ayres comments on Price-Wolfers

For those who cannot get enough of the Price-Wolfers (or is it Wolfers-Price?) story, Ian Ayres has posted a great comment entitled: Michael Jordan and the NBA refs.  Not only does he offer more explanation of the Implicit Association Test (IAT), but also provides background on the role the “experts” …

For the Love of the Game — WOW edition

Steve Walters is busy grading and I am still working. But I don’t want the Wages of Wins Journal to remain un-updated (is that a word?) for too long. Originally I intended the following to be a Keeping Score column for the New York Times. But as you will see, …

More on the Price-Wolfers Study

Jonathan Weiler – of the Starting Five, and formerly of Sports Media Review – asked me to comment on a column by John Hollinger (insider blog).   Hollinger looked at the Price-Wolfers study – entitled “Racial Discrimination Among NBA Referees” – and noted that the size of the effect, according to …