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Reference Points for Evaluating College Performance

September 29, 2008 by


The 2008 NBA draft has been the subject of a few posts in this forum.  Two of these were penned by Erich Doerr before the draft: The 2008 NBA Draft Preview 2008 Win Scores NBA Draft Preview In addition, I wrote the following soon after the draft: Falling in Love with Potential on Draft Night (and […]

Lessons from the Matt Millen Story

September 28, 2008 by


For those who want the quarterback and running back rankings for Week Three, here you go: Table One: Quarterback Rankings for Week Three Table Two: Running Back Rankings for Week Three What follows is a discussion of the lessons learned from the Matt Millen story. This discussion completely ignores these rankings.  Free of Millen Free […]

The Magic Man in Orlando

September 25, 2008 by


A few weeks ago I wrote a couple of columns examining the best NBA center across the past two decades. The Best NBA Center in my Students’ Lifetime Ewing or Olajuwon: Who was Better? These posts argued that Olajuwon was better than Ewing, Robinson tops Shaq, and Robinson offered more than Olajuwon.  In sum, since the mid-1980s, […]

Jason Kidd Really Did Help the Mavericks

September 24, 2008 by


In 2006-07 the Dallas Mavericks – led by league MVP Dirk Nowitzki — posted the best mark in the NBA with 67 victories.   And then they met the Golden State Warriors in the first round and the dream came to a very quick end. In the summer of 2007 the Mavericks made very few changes.  […]

Could a Focus on Free Throw Shooting Have Saved Sam Vincent?

September 22, 2008 by


Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – posted a comment on Monday discussing the worst free throw shooting team in the NBA in 2007-08.  The team in question is the Charlotte Bobcats.  Charlotte – as Abbott emphasized – missed 605 free throws last season.  This stat prompted Abbott to state: Can you imagine how their season […]

What Ever Happened to “Fo’-Fi’-Fo’”?

September 21, 2008 by


From 1980 to 1988 the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers won every title except one.  The lone exception was the Philadelphia 76ers of 1983. In 1980 and 1982 the Sixers lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals.  In 1981 the team was eliminated by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Despite this history, […]

Week Two QB and RB Rankings

September 21, 2008 by


Just in time for the NFL on Sunday, here are the Wages of Wins performance rankings after two weeks of play: Table One: Quarterback Rankings for Week Two Table Two: Running Back Rankings for Week Two And here are a few story lines: Aaron Rodgers has outperformed Brett Favre so far.  Of course the numbers […]

Darko Milicic is No Tyson Chandler

September 18, 2008 by


A friendly war has broken out between two of my favorite NBA blogs.  A few days ago Ryan Schwan – of Hornets247 — posted the following: Flat out, the Grizzlies will be pushing to have one of the worst records of all time.  Their veterans are the worst sort of dregs: Greg Buckner, Antoine Walker, […]

The Tragedy of Clark Kellogg

September 16, 2008 by


Two months ago CBS announced that Clark Kellogg would replace Billy Packer as the network’s lead college basketball analyst.  Packer has announced 34 consecutive Final Fours, so an era has ended in sports broadcasting.  For Kellogg to match Packer he will have to still be announcing the Final Four in 2042 (when he is 80 […]

More on the “Looking Good” story from Darren Rovell at CNBC

September 15, 2008 by


Darren Rovell – of CNBC and SportsBiz with Darren Rovell – posted “Better Looking Athletes Get Better Pay?“ this morning.  The article builds upon the research I presented in the New York Times’ Play Magazine this weekend. Rovell noted that our research indicates that better looking quarterbacks – in terms of facial symmetry – get […]