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The Mayor Comes to Minnesota’s Front Office

September 16, 2006 by


Fred “The Mayor” Hoiberg has joined the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is hard to say at this point if he will make a good executive, although as I noted in “The Tragedy of Kevin Garnett”, the Timberwolves need all the help they can get in the front office. What can be said […]

Week One Quarterback Rankings

September 15, 2006 by


In my recent New York Times Keeping Score column I noted that turnovers in football are hard to predict. Two weeks earlier Martin Schmidt observed – again in the New York Times – that quarterbacks tend to be quite inconsistent. And in this forum, and in The Wages of Wins, a similar argument has been […]

The New Jersey Nets in 2005-06

September 14, 2006 by


Prior to 2001, the history of the New Jersey Nets in the NBA was not very pretty. Entering the league in 1976, this former ABA champion suffered through 25 years of mostly losing campaigns. In eighteen seasons the team failed to win half their games. Their very best mark was a 49 win season, and […]

Missing Yesterday

September 14, 2006 by


After four months I have settled into a regular schedule for The Wages of Wins Journal. Each day I try and make exactly one entry. After posting for 15 consecutive days, though, yesterday I was unable to post anything. My excuse is that I was in Philadelphia, where I was speaking to the wonderful people […]

Assigning Wins and Losses

September 11, 2006 by


JC Bradbury – of Sabernomics fame and the author of forthcoming book The Baseball Economist – noted in an interview with Baseball Digest Daily that he was a fan of DIPS. For those who have not heard of this, DIPS is a metric used to evaluate the productivity of a pitcher in baseball. Voros McCracken […]

The Milwaukee Bucks in 2005-06

September 11, 2006 by


In the 1980s the Bucks were just short of the NBA elite of the Celtics and Lakers. Beginning in 1980-81 Milwaukee won at least 50 games for seven consecutive seasons. Since this streak ended with the 1986-87 season, though, the Bucks have become the poster child of an average NBA team. For the past 19 […]

More from the New York Times

September 10, 2006 by


Two weeks ago Martin Schmidt penned The Keeping Score column for The New York Times. This was Marty’s second Keeping Score column. In today’s New York Times you can see my first. The piece, entitled “To Get a Grip on Turnovers, Follow the Bouncing Ball”, expands upon a point made in The Wages of Wins. […]

The Miami Heat in 2005-06

September 9, 2006 by


  Next up in the review of last season is the Miami Heat, the 2006 NBA Champion. During the Finals I commented on the Heat (and the Dallas Mavericks) in the following posts: Myth and Measurement after Game Three of the NBA Finals Thoughts after Game Four: The Dallas Mavericks Story Thoughts after Game Four: […]

The Greatness of Charlie Batch

September 8, 2006 by


The opening game to the 2006 NFL football season featured two quarterbacks previously employed by the Detroit Lions, Charlie Batch and Joey Harrington. Of the two, Batch had the better game. Of course, Harrington didn’t actually play (people can insert cheap Harrington joke here). As I watched Batch play so well for the Steelers, I […]

Payroll and Wins in Major League Baseball

September 7, 2006 by


One of the stories we tell in The Wages of Wins is – contrary to conventional wisdom – teams cannot simply buy a championship in Major League Baseball (or any other North American sport, either). Although there is a statistically significant relationship between pay and wins, the economic significance – or as Deirdre McCloskey puts […]