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New York Times Magazine and the Ninth Annual Year in Ideas

December 13, 2009 by


In today’s issue of The New York Times Magazine is The Ninth Annual Year in Ideas.  If one looks under the heading “Sports” one sees a brief discussion of a paper Rob Simmons and I published in the Journal of Sports Economics.  Our paper presents evidence that black and white quarterbacks are not compensated the […]

Is Age Finishing Shaq?

December 10, 2009 by


There is one certainty in sports.  For every athlete, a day will come when a player’s production declines.  The decline doesn’t always happen in a consistent pattern (i.e. ups and downs are still possible at an advanced age).  And significant drop-offs don’t happen at the same age for every player.  All we know is that […]

Melo for MVP?

December 9, 2009 by


Carmelo Anthony got off to a very fast start this season.  His performance across his first two games led Henry Abbott – of TrueHoop – to post the following: Carmelo Anthony’s trainer on his MVP-caliber client.  Abbott’s interview with Melo’s trainer explained how Anthony’s game has changed and why he was the league’s MVP (in […]

Big Ben Cannot Save Detroit from Ugh!

December 7, 2009 by


Soon after the 2009 free agent market opened the Detroit Pistons made a huge splash, giving $100 million to Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.  At the time this deal was announced I – as a lifetime fan of this team (with a wonderful team banner on my office wall) – offered a quick response: Ugh! […]

The Impact of Losing Greg Oden

December 6, 2009 by


My latest post for Huffington Post Sports is a comment on the latest injury suffered by Greg Oden. Here is how this column begins: The most coveted player in the 2007 NBA draft was Greg Oden. The elation of the draft, though, has been followed by much disappointment. An injury cost Oden his entire rookie […]

The Inconsistent Quarterback Story Told Again in Less than 3,000 Words

December 6, 2009 by


The Wages of Wins discusses how performance can be measured in both the NBA and NFL.  The Wages of Wins Journal, though, almost exclusively focuses on the NBA.   Why isn’t performance in the NFL discussed more frequently?  The answer to this question can be illustrated by comparing the play of Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton.  […]

Maybe It Is Time to Stop Blaming the Coach in Toronto

December 4, 2009 by


The Toronto Raptors lost to the Atlanta Hawks by 31 points on Wednesday night. The loss gave the Raptors 13 defeats in their first 20 games.  The team’s efficiency differential – offensive efficiency (points scored per possession) minus defensive efficiency (points surrendered per possession) – of -5.9 suggests the Raptors are only going to win […]

The Fabled Year of the Super Teams and the Somewhat Struggling Spurs

December 2, 2009 by


Before the season started I wrote an NBA Preview with the following title: Previewing the Year of the Super Teams.  The column made two observations.  There had never been an NBA season where three or more teams won more than 75% of their games. In 2009-10 we will see this happen.  Hence, 2009-10 was going […]