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Looking Back Thirty Years We Can Once Again See History Repeat Itself in Detroit

December 13, 2010 by


Mosi Platt – from Miami Heat Index – sent me the following e-mail this weekend: I don’t know if you saw/heard but they ran a graphic on NBATV showing the starting lineup for the ’80-’81 Pistons because that was the last time Detroit started the season 7-17. The lineup was: G: Keith Herron G: Larry […]

Why Cam Newton Should be Unhappy with His Father

December 12, 2010 by


This is the title of my latest at the Huffington Post.  The post leans on a wonderful column by Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports and also the sports economics research of Robert Brown and R. Todd Jewell.  And hopefully when you reach the end you can see why Cam should be asking his father some […]

Why King James was Amazing Last Year and Just Really Good This Year

December 10, 2010 by


The Miami Heat are not loved by many people outside of Miami.  And when the “Superfriends” struggled to start the season, joy was heard throughout the land (outside of Miami). Naysayers noted, though, that the Heat’s early struggles were somewhat due to luck.  The team’s efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) consistently ranked the […]

How About Those Jazz? (and answers to other questions)

December 8, 2010 by


The one question I am most often asked is “how about those Jazz?”  Okay, I live in Utah (and these questions from Jazz fans).  And right now, there is some excitement about our local NBA team. The Jazz currently sit on top of the Northwest division standings.  And if the Western Conference playoffs began today, […]

King James was the NBA’s Most Underpaid Last Season

December 7, 2010 by


A few weeks ago, Thomas Van Riper wrote an article for detailing the Most Overpaid players in the NBA.  And today, Van Riper has an article – again at – listing the Most Underpaid players in the league.  Topping the list is a player who will surprise some, and anger some fans in […]

Another Thought on Applying the Studies of Coaching to the Evaluation of Political Leaders

December 6, 2010 by


After posting — Who pays attention to sports economists?  — on Sunday morning I decided that this story would make for a good Huffington Post column. So Sunday evening I re-wrote the story and posted “Should the House Democrats Have Changed Coaches?”. The primary difference in the two posts is a thought that occurred to […]

Who pays attention to sports economists?

December 5, 2010 by


Sometimes I am surprised at the answer to this question.  To illustrate, a few years ago I was asked by Steve Forbes (okay, actually someone who works for Forbes) if I could send an autographed copy of The Wages of Wins to one of his friends.  More specifically, a copy of The Wages of Wins […]

A Small Sample in San Antonio Tells A Familiar Story

December 3, 2010 by


Which team is the best team in the Western Conference?  If you guessed the team is in LA, you would be right. On Wednesday night, the LA Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs.  And since the Spurs currently lead the Western Conference in efficiency differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency), and the Clippers just beat […]

There is Another “LeBron Story” Taking Place Elsewhere in the NBA

December 1, 2010 by


The big story in the NBA this season has been the Miami Heat.  The expectation was that this team would dominate.  But after 18 games, the Heat’s record stands at 10-8.  So the Heat have currently underwhelmed.  The Miami Heat Index – one of the blogs in The Wages of Wins network – is doing […]