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Week Five Quarterback Rankings

October 11, 2006 by

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And then there was one. As the Week Five QB Score Rankings indicate, after five weeks we now have only one quarterback who has played more than once and been above average (an average QB Score per play is 1.1) every time he played. The last man standing has been maligned by conservatives, liberals, one […]

An Algorithm from New York

October 10, 2006 by

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Writing for The Wages of Wins Journal is fun, but not really an important part of my job. To keep my focus on my work I have adopted a rule of no more than one post per day. Yesterday, though, Martha Cooley – who we mention in the book – alerted me to a story […]

The Houston Rockets in 2005-06

October 10, 2006 by

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Bonzi Wells played only six post-season games in 2006. Although the performance of his team – the Sacramento Kings — was somewhat forgettable, Wells left a very positive impression. He averaged twelve rebounds per game, a mark that is outstanding for a center or power forward. For a shooting guard, it is almost unbelievable. Wells […]

The Golden State Warriors in 2005-06

October 9, 2006 by

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In 1993 the Golden State Warriors acquired Chris Webber the night of the NBA draft. In his rookie season Webber justified this decision. He produced 11.8 wins and was also named NBA Rookie of the Year. After his rookie campaign, though, Webber – and then-coach Don Nelson – had a falling out. Soon after the […]

Should the Yankees be Surprised?

October 8, 2006 by

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“I’m stunned. This team fooled me to some degree,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is a tough one because this team was capable of a lot, at least I thought.” This was the reaction of the Yankees general manager to New York’s exit from the playoffs yesterday. Clearly Cashman is surprised that the Yankees […]

We Love Most of New York

October 8, 2006 by

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When I was growing up I was taught two lessons about baseball by my father. First, since we both grew up in Detroit, we root for the Tigers. Second, we hate the Yankees. My father’s hatred went all the way back to the 1930s and continued all his life. My dislike only extends back to […]

A Really Good Day

October 7, 2006 by

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In the Wages of Wins we note that we are not too fond of the New York Yankees. Well, today the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs — demonstrating once again that money alone can’t buy a title in baseball. Plus the Yankees lost to my team, the Detroit Tigers. So my team won. The […]

Yglesias on Payroll and Wins

October 7, 2006 by

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Matthew Yglesias has posted a comment on an article by Greg Johnson in the October 4th issue of the LA Times. Johnson’s article, entitled “Seriously, Money Isn’t Everything”, was also noted in this very forum. The argument advanced by Johnson, which builds upon quotes from noted sports economists Andrew Zimbalist and Rod Fort (as well […]

The Denver Nuggets in 2005-06

October 6, 2006 by

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Carmelo Anthony has been the subject of a number of comments in this forum. Although Anthony is often linked to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the following posts have argued that Anthony has never offered the level of productivity we observe from Flash and King James. One Prediction is (Almost) Right: Carmelo Anthony Gets Max […]

NBA Eastern Conference Reviews

October 6, 2006 by

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With each team I review I am listing, at the bottom of the post, all the teams I have analyzed thus far. That list is getting a bit lengthy. So I am going to list all the Eastern Conference teams in this post, and then I will just reference this comment. Of course, I guess […]