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Q&A with 3 Shades of Blue, Opposing Views, and More Reviews

April 17, 2010 by


Across the past few weeks I have participated in a number of Q&A sessions.  The process for each was as follows:  A number of questions were sent along and then I spent some time thinking about my answers. Chip Crain – of 3 Shades of Blue – has just posted another Q&A (see Interview with […]

Talking on ESPN Radio in Portland

April 16, 2010 by


Yesterday I was guest on the Isaac&Big Suke Show — Portland’s smartest and most addictive talk show — on ESPN Radio.  If you missed the interview, you can now hear it on-line.  The interview lasts about nine minutes and we cover the importance of scoring in the NBA, the Pareto Principle, how black quarterbacks are […]

Back to Stumbling on Wins Promotion Week

April 15, 2010 by


Okay, the third contest didn’t work out so well.  To refresh everyone’s memory this was the contest: The season ends on Wednesday.  Which player — from all the games that will be played — will post the highest Position Adjusted Win Score on Wednesday?  Please give the name and your guess for Position Adjusted Win […]

My First Round Playoff Forecast for TrueHoop

April 15, 2010 by


Let me start with a protest.  This year has two complications.  First, most of the teams – especially in the Western Conference – are not very different.  Secondly – and this is where my protest comes in – the quality of teams is going to be influenced by the health of several key players.  For […]

Taking Questions at Freakonomics

April 15, 2010 by

5 often posts questions and answers with authors and today it is our turn.  So if you have a question, please post it at In a few days our answers will be posted.  In other news… Once again I am taking part in the True Hoop Stat Geek Smackdown.   I am the defending champion […]

Can the NBA Change How it Values Inefficient Scoring?

April 13, 2010 by


Readers of Stumbling on Wins – and The Wages of Wins – will find the following story from Kevin Arnovitz (of TrueHoop) to be extremely familiar (I am posting the entire Arnovitz column): Last night at Staples Center, the Clippers lost their 20th game in 24 outings. There is no shortage of factors to explain […]

Corey Brewer Misperceptions

April 13, 2010 by


Let’s take a quick break from “Stumbling on Wins Promotion week” (have you seen the promotions elsewhere?) with a comment on a story I saw a few days ago. Last week TrueHoop offered an interview with Corey Brewer, the small forward with the Timberwolves currently in his third season.  The premise of the article was that […]

Is Hedo Turkoglu a Disappointment?

April 9, 2010 by


Mark Spears – of Yahoo! Sports – asks…Oh, Canada: Has Bosh played his final game? Although the story begins with Chris Bosh’s injury and the fact he may leave Toronto this summer, the story get interesting (at least for me) when it focuses on Bosh’s current teammates. The following three paragraphs get at the essence […]

Rick Perry, The World, and Stumbling on Wins

April 8, 2010 by


Across the past few days I have completed two interviews with different web sites. Five Questions with Dave Berri (at Bucksketball) Tailgate Talks: David Berri of Wages of Wins (at Gapers Block) The comments in this forum have indicated that people enjoy the Q&A format.  But I have also noticed that this format doesn’t seem […]

Talking About the Chicago Bulls with Gapers Block

April 6, 2010 by


Brian Lauvray – of Gapers Block (a web publication focused on Chicago) and Tailgate (the sports section of Gapers Block) – recently sent me a series of questions about the Chicago Bulls.  My answers – which run about 2,000 words — have now been posted by Brian at Gapers Block. Tailgate Talks: David Berri of […]