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More of the Same in Houston?

August 30, 2010 by


Greg Steele is a graduate student at Abilene Christian University. He has been married for two years and likes to read. He used to play basketball, and got into the blog while looking for ways to better describe what happens during NBA games. Last year the Houston Rockets went 42-40, finishing in the unenviable position […]

Talking About the Pirates Again and Again

August 29, 2010 by


This weekend I was a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss the recent revelation that the Pirates – despite years of losing – are still able to earn a profit. As I have noted in the past, a radio or television interview is similar to taking a test.  Except unlike the exams my […]

Kevin Durant & Team USA: A Less Dominant Road To Redemption

August 27, 2010 by


Mosi Platt – of “Miami Heat Index” – has offered a fascinating look at Team USA at Bleacher Report.  It is fascinating because it uses Wins Produced (always great) it has a slide show (also, always great) In all seriousness, everyone should take a look at Kevin Durant & Team USA: A Less Dominant Road […]

The Departure of Rajon Rondo from Team USA is a Familiar Basketball Story

August 27, 2010 by


Ben Gulker is a Program Director for a statewide AmeriCorps program in his home state of Michigan, where he was born and raised. He’s a lifelong Pistons fan that grew up during the Bad Boy era, suffered through the “Teal” era, and spends his current fan time reading up on top 10 draft picks, thanks […]

The Problem with Baseball’s Participation Trophy

August 25, 2010 by


This is the title of my latest at the Huffington Post, a column that discusses the recent revelation that the Pittsburgh Pirates – a team that has been a loser for 18 consecutive years – is still earning a profit. Alan Robinson – of the Associated Press – contacted me about this story a few […]

A Quick Comment on Brett Favre

August 23, 2010 by


Today was the first day of classes at Southern Utah University.  And this story on the Pittsburgh Pirates also appeared (a story that I wish to comment on in more detail tomorrow).   So today was a bit busy (between teaching classes and talking to reporters). But I wanted to offer a quick comment on Brett […]

A Quick Sunday Tour Around The Wages of Wins Network

August 22, 2010 by


For those who are not making a review of the blogs of The Wages of Wins Network a part of their day, here are some wonderful stories that have been offered in just the past week: Let’s start at NYK Mistakes. Andrew Shookhoff recently made the following observation about Carmelo Anthony: My dad says you […]

Once Again the Pacers are Hoping Players Get Better

August 21, 2010 by


Ian Levy is a Third-Grade teacher by day and amateur basketball analyst by afternoon. (He usually sleeps at night.) Ian suffers from a rare psychological condition known as Anti-Homeritis which renders him incapable of rooting for hometown teams. He grew up in Upstate New York and has therefore been a lifelong Indiana Pacers fan. He […]

A Brief Message for Fans of the Denver Nuggets

August 20, 2010 by


Okay, time for another comment on Carmelo (sorry if this is getting redundant). A few days ago – at Huffington Post — I noted that Melo was not nearly as productive as his scoring suggests (quoting Tom Haberstroh of along the way).  And I elaborated on this observation in this forum.  Furthermore, Andres Alvarez […]

Can T-Mac Learn from Bob?

August 18, 2010 by


Tracy McGrady has finally found a home.  The league scoring champion in 2002-03 and 2003-04 has landed with the same team that recently employed the scoring champion from 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2004-05.  Yes, T-Mac – following the same path recently blazed by Allen Iverson – is going to MoTown. The Answer’s stay in Detroit […]