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Fans of the World Unite!!! A Guide to Fan Action in the Socialistic World of American Sports

October 30, 2008 by


The word “socialism” has wandered into the presidential election.  This seems odd, since the two leading candidates for the presidency – Barack Obama and John McCain – would be considered devotees of capitalism.  At least, although both candidates are on record as supporters of the progressive income tax, neither candidate is advocating that we replace […]

Projecting the 2008-09 NBA Season

October 28, 2008 by


Today’s guest post — the WoW Journal  NBA Forecast for 2008-09 —  is by Erich Doerr .  Erich first contacted me prior to the 2006 NBA Draft with a statistical preview in hand.  Each subsequent year has seen improvement in the depth and breadth of his analysis. Outside of his basketball writing, Erich does consulting […]

The NBA Rookie Polls

October 26, 2008 by


Tis the season to look at polls.  If you are interested in this election (and who isn’t?) you might find yourself spending much of your day looking at the latest polling data.  And what do these polls show?  From Nate Silver’s site – – we see that last summer it looked like Barack Obama […]

Week Seven Football Rankings

October 25, 2008 by


Here are the Week Seven Quarterback and Running Back Rankings: Table One: Quarterback Rankings for Week Seven Table Two: Running Back Rankings for Week Seven Checking in on the Favre Trio Perhaps this is as good a time as any to review the recent game of musical chairs – at the quarterback position — played […]

Choosing Between Fazekas and the Anti-Fazekas

October 23, 2008 by


In the last week of the preseason we learn the answer to the following question: Who are the best 450 basketball players in the world? Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch.  There are players in Europe and college (and perhaps high school) who would rank among the top 450.  Still, most of the best […]

Predicting the Pacers

October 22, 2008 by


A few days ago Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – stated the following in a story about the Josh Childress experience in European basketball: If it really is true — that little things that win games are more valued in Europe — then that confirms just about every negative stereotype of American basketball development. And […]

Josh Childress is Appreciated in Europe

October 21, 2008 by


The following is from Henry Abbott (and TrueHoop).  It details a recent interview Josh Childress – formally of the Atlanta Hawks – gave the New York Times. Josh Childress on Life in Greece Great interview, that I somehow missed when it was new a few days ago, with the former Hawk who is playing for […]

Gazing Experts, the National Economy, and Other Short Stories

October 18, 2008 by


Over the past week Henry Abbott of TrueHoop asked thirteen experts (and me) the following question: What WILL be the big story (or stories) of the upcoming 2008-2009 NBA season be? Why? The answers were reported at TrueHoop on Friday (Experts Gaze in to the Crystal Ball of 2008-09).  Before I get to the other […]

Week Six Football Rankings and a Research Question

October 18, 2008 by


Here are the Week Six Quarterback and Running Back Rankings Table One: Quarterback Rankings for Week Six Table Two: Running Back Rankings for Week Six And here are a few stories (with an obvious Detroit slant): Top Rookie Running Backs When we look at the running backs we see three rookies who are above average […]

Portland Hope

October 16, 2008 by


The Boston Celtics posted the biggest turn-around in NBA history in 2007-08.  Although the level of improvement at the team level was unprecedented, it was not unexpected.  Once the Celtics added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen last summer it was expected that Boston would become much better. The Unexpected Blazers If we wish to look at […]