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Time to Call the Race?

November 13, 2008 by


On election night Matthew Yglesias posted the following after Ohio was called for Barack Obama: And that’s the presidential election, folks. McCain “could” win, but at this point in fact he can’t. Yglesias made this call at 9:26 EST.  The networks, though, had to wait until polls closed on the West Coast to call the […]

Conflicting Incentives in Charlotte

November 11, 2008 by


A few days ago John W. Davis – of Pistonscast – posted a link to the following article (by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer): Bobcats’ guard going beyond the score The article detailed the development of Shannon Brown, a back-up point guard with the Charlotte Bobcats (and graduate of Michigan State).  Here is the […]

The Abdur-Rahim Lesson

November 9, 2008 by


The following eight players share the same two characteristics. Each was selected in the 1996 draft.  And each has appeared in at least two all-star games (stats are after the conclusion of the 2007-08 season). Kobe Bryant: 10 All-Star games, 136.0 Wins Produced, 0.207 WP48 Allen Iverson: 9 All-Star games, 64.8 Wins Produced, 0.090 WP48 […]

Culpepper Comes to the Motor City

November 9, 2008 by


Here are the quarterback and running back rankings for Week Nine. Table One: Quarterback Rankings for Week Nine Table Two: Running Back Rankings for Week Nine A couple of months ago the Lions were completing a spotless preseason and Daunte Culpepper was out of football.  Flash forward nine weeks and the Lions record is still […]

The Best Point Guard in Sacramento Now has a Better Job

November 6, 2008 by


The big political news this week is that an African-American basketball player was finally elected to an executive office. Yes, Kevin Johnson is now the new mayor of Sacramento. According to the Sacramento Bee, the biggest problem KJ will face in his new job is a budget crisis (an on-going problem throughout California). But there […]

Did I Mention I Was an Allen Iverson Fan?

November 4, 2008 by


When Malcolm Gladwell reviewed The Wages of Wins in the New Yorker, he highlighted one particular story in our book.  Allen Iverson – a player considered by many to be one of the greatest players to ever play the game – does not actually produce many wins.  At least, not as many wins as you […]

A Small Sample in San Antonio

November 2, 2008 by


Tis the season for small samples in the NBA.  With the 2008-09 campaign less than a week old, there doesn’t seem much for those who analyze numbers to discuss.  In general, small samples just don’t say anything useful. There is one small sample, though, that might be an exception.  At least, this sample is quite […]

The Amazing Matt Ryan

November 2, 2008 by


Here are the quarterback and running back rankings for Week Eight. Table One: Quarterback Rankings for Week Eight Table Two: Running Back Rankings for Week Eight One of the big stories in the first half of the season is the play of Matt Ryan.  Ryan was selected with the third overall choice of the 2008 […]