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Does it Matter Who You Play?

April 16, 2008 by


Editors Note: Today’s guest column is authored by Jason Eshleman.  For regular readers of the WoW Journal, this is the “Jason” who offers so many wonderful comments and who authored a guest column last December.  In addition to posting frequently at the WoW Journal, Jason is a research associate in Anthropology at UC Davis.  Jason […]

Missing and Missing and Missing in Minnesota

April 15, 2008 by


In 2005-06 and 2006-07, Kevin Garnett produced wins in large quantities for Minnesota.  But his teammates, as Tables One and Two note, did very little. Consequently, KG did not often receive the acclaim his production deserved. Table One: Stars and Everyone Else in 2005-06 Table Two: Stars and Everyone Else in 2006-07 This past off-season, […]

Evaluating the Nucleus in Memphis

April 14, 2008 by


In a very short period of time, 3 Shades of Blue has become one of the better NBA team fan sites on the Internet.  In addition to providing detailed coverage of the Memphis Grizzlies, this site is also becoming known for landing significant interviews with important people associated with this team. The latest interview from […]

An Expected Leap in Charlotte that Never Happened

April 12, 2008 by


The Charlotte Bobcats won 18 games in its first season in 2004-05.  The next season the Bobcats won eight additional games to finish with 26 victories.  And then last year the team set another franchise record with 33 wins.  This year, though, the drive to the top has stalled.  If the Bobcats manage to win […]

Thursday was another milestone

April 12, 2008 by


On Tuesday the Wages of Wins Journal reached one million in page views.  Thursday was another milestone (which I missed): Our Second Anniversary. As I did last year on our first anniversary, it’s to check the stats on this blog. Here were our Word Press stats after Year One: Number of Posts: 335 Number of […]

The Mess in the West

April 9, 2008 by


The season is winding down and so our thoughts turn to the playoffs. Now we wish to know how each team will do in the NBA’s second season. Forecasting the East is easy (so everyone should look like Erich Doerr).  Whether we look at won-loss record or efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) the Boston […]

Fabulous Fazekas

April 8, 2008 by


As noted yesterday, Erich Doerr – via a nifty Monte Carlo simulation — called the NCAA championship game before the tournament started.  Although we can’t expect such precision every year (so don’t go betting your life-savings next year on Erich’s picks), it is still neat to see statistical analysis produce such results. In addition to […]

Now I Get the Fans of Kobe

April 8, 2008 by


One of the stories I often tell in this forum – as the following posts indicate — is that Kobe Bryant is a very good, but not the very best, basketball player.   Kobe for MVP? Kobe and T-Mac Again T-Mac and Kobe The Return of Bynum Gets Even Andrew Bynum is Getting Even Kobe Myths Kobe Bryant is Unhappy Often a person […]

Passing the One Million Mark

April 8, 2008 by


Sometime in the last hour the aggregate page views at the WoW Journal passed the 1 million mark.  Once again, thanks to everyone for stopping by.  Judging by the comments from the last post, apparently it pays to visit.  At least, people are noting that they won money on their NCAA pool with the work […]

Erich Doerr Gets it Right!!!

April 7, 2008 by


Before the NCAA tournament began, Erich Doerr – a WoW Journal reader (and occasional contributor) – posted the results of his Monte Carlo simulation of the tournament.  An Instant Analysis of the NCAA Tournament The above column included the following paragraphs: Now that the seeds have been given, what are the odds on a national championship?  […]