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Blogging at the New Republic on the Big Dance

March 14, 2007 by


The Wages of Wins authors were asked by The New Republic to blog about the NCAA basketball tournament. You can read what all the various bloggers said at Posting Up: TNR on March Madness. Or if you just want to read what Stacey and Dave had to see you can read on here. HOW ABOUT […]

Steroids Comes to Sports Economics

March 14, 2007 by


As I mentioned on Monday, The Baseball Economist is a wonderful book. As you read it you are impressed with the number of surprising topics where JC Bradbury has applied economics. For example, there is the steroids issue. Apparently we are living in the steroids age in baseball. Home runs have risen dramatically in recent […]

The Curry Scoring Illusion

March 13, 2007 by


The big news in the NBA this week is that Isiah Thomas has passed his test. Observers – such as Jonathan Weiler of the Sports Media Review – wonder about the grading criteria of James Dolan (Isiah’s boss). Let’s review some basic facts about this team. The payroll, according to, is currently $117 million, […]

Win Score Stats and Other News

March 12, 2007 by


Normally I do one post a day. But a few things have been posted around the web that I thought I would mention. 1. On-Line Win Score Stats By far, this is the most important. Jason Chandler of NBA Babble and Win Score has created Win Score Stats, which is a site that will allow […]

Sabernomics Takes the Stage

March 12, 2007 by


Thursday is the big day. The Baseball Economist (The Real Game Exposed) – JC Bradbury’s first book – is finally released on March 15. In honor of this event, The Wages of Wins Journal is going to devote this week to Sabernomics – or the combination of sabermetrics and economics JC Bradbury has created. Overview […]

Talking with Henry Abbott and a Comment about Model Building

March 10, 2007 by


Last Thursday evening Henry Abbott of sent me an e-mail asking for my thoughts on a recent conversation Abbott had with Bill Simmons. What follows are these thoughts, which mostly center on what I think the primary task models are supposed to accomplish (hopefully this lengthy essay is more interesting than that last sentence). […]

Maybe it is McGrady?

March 9, 2007 by


The response to yesterday’s comment on Dikembe Mutombo has centered on the value of Tracy McGrady. People have noted that McGrady came back from injury just when Yao Ming was injured. So maybe it was McGrady that allowed the Rockets to stay afloat without Yao (or Ming, or Yao Ming – there has been some […]

The Surprising Mount Mutombo

March 8, 2007 by


On December 23rd Yao Ming fractured his leg. As a result, he missed the next 32 games. One would expect that losing a center that John Hollinger has named as the most likely current big man to be listed someday as one of the top ten centers of all time (insider only) would severely harm […]

Ranking the NBA Again

March 7, 2007 by


The Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 won 72 games, finishing with a winning percentage of 0.878. This mark currently ranks as the best regular season in history, surpassing the Los Angeles Lakers who finished the 1971-72 season with 69 victories (and a 0.841 winning percentage). After 60 games the Dallas Mavericks have won 51 times, for […]

Mediocrity in Milwaukee and Number One Choices the Second Time Around

March 6, 2007 by


With yesterday’s comment on the 76ers, there is now only one NBA team I have not commented on this season. And that team is the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee History Two decades ago the Milwaukee Bucks finished the 1986-87 campaign with 50 victories. This marked the seventh consecutive season the Bucks won at least 50 games, […]