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The Brand Value

July 13, 2008 by


Last year the Eastern Conference consisted of the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and a whole bunch of teams that would be lottery bound if they were located closer to my new home in Utah.  Now with Elton Brand’s arrival in Philadelphia, the 76ers are being ranked – by the sports media — among […]

Beasley Disappoints

July 13, 2008 by


Last week was the Orlando Summer League.  And according to whoever determined the first and second Orlando Pro All Summer League Teams, the following players impressed: First Team G – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City G – Courtney Lee, Orlando F – Jeff Green, Oklahoma City F – Michael Beasley, Miami C – Brook Lopez, New […]

Favre Thoughts

July 12, 2008 by


Brett Favre and I were born two weeks apart in 1969.  This means that Favre is a 38 years old – and as my wife likes to note – “rapidly approaching 40”.  Unlike Favre, my football days ended sometime in the 1980s (or was it the 1970s?).  Favre managed to continue playing football until 2008.  A […]

The Bogut Economy

July 10, 2008 by


Last year Andrew Bogut led the Milwaukee Bucks with 8.9 Wins Produced (WP).  If the universe of NBA players only consisted of Milwaukee Bucks, Bogut would deserve to be very well paid.  And in such a universe, it may not be surprising to see Bogut receive $72.5 million over five years. In the world we […]

More on the Memphis Mirage

July 9, 2008 by


Chip Crain – of 3 Shades of Blue – has often had nice things to say about The Wages of Wins.  So it was with some surprise when I read the following response from Chip to my recent column on the Memphis Grizzlies: Most people know I respect Dave Berri’s work over at Wages of […]

Talking on Valley Public Radio

July 9, 2008 by


Yesterday I was a guest on Quality of Life, a show hosted by Terry Philips on Valley Public Radio (NPR in Fresno, California).  The show was described as follows at the KVPR website: Today’s program takes a close look at the impact that a professional sports franchise can have on a city. Terry Philips welcomes […]

The Memphis Mirage

July 6, 2008 by


Here are the first few lines from a recent article (by Jim Masilak) in the Memphis Commercial Appeal: Greg Campbell knows that one factor above all others drives interest in the sports world. “Star potential. That’s what the fans want to see every night they come to an event,” said Campbell, the Grizzlies’ new president […]

Updating the NBA Team Reviews Page

July 3, 2008 by


The NBA Team Reviews for 2007-08 has finally been updated.  So far reviews have been posted for eight teams (Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Indiana, LA Clippers, New Jersey, New Orleans, Toronto). Although there is no particular order to the team reviews, I can say that the next team to be reviewed will be the Memphis Grizzlies. […]

Quick Thoughts on the Sonics Move to Oklahoma

July 2, 2008 by


It looks like Oklahoma City is going to be the new home of the Super Sonics.  The name of the team will be different, but many of the current Seattle players are about to relocate to Oklahoma.  Here is what I think I think (if I can borrow from Peter King of Sports Illustrated) about […]

The Other Side of the Indiana-Toronto Trade

July 1, 2008 by


Previously I labeled Jermaine O’Neal the MOP (Most Overpaid Player) of 2007-08.  Although we frequently focus on the winner of any contest, there should be some interest in the player who was MOP runner-up.  After all, in the event the reigning MOP cannot fulfill his duties, the runner-up will assume the crown.  And who would […]