Stephen Dubner Gives an Assignment

Posted on May 24, 2007 by


Darren Rovell has asked the question “Is the First Pick a Money Maker?”  In commenting on Rovell’s analysis at the Freakonomics blog, Stephen Dubner stated: “I don’t know what the Wages of Wins boys would make of Rovell’s analysis, but it’s well worth a look.”

So Dubner has given us (which I think will be me) an assignment.  This assignment allows me to comment on Rovell’s insights, which the readers of The Wages of Wins would know are amazing (after all, on the cover of WoW are Rovell’s words:  “Buy this book if you never want to lose an office water cooler debate again”). Also readers of WoW know how much we like Freakonomics.  So clearly, this is a great assignment.

Unfortunately, this is going to take a bit of time.  And by time I mean, I think I can have some kind of an answer by tomorrow. 

In the meantime, take a look at the latest brilliant column from Stephen Walters: The Gluttons’ Pavilion at Dodger Stadium.  Not sure what it is about the name Stephen, but our sample from Dubner and Walters suggests that this particular name seems to endow a person with unusually high levels of writing talent. Walters is clearly the best writing talent to grace this forum (and I am not saying that just because he works for free).

– DJ