Wages of Winning at Three Shades of Blue

Posted on January 9, 2011 by


Chip Crain – at Three Shades of Blue – recently sent along a number of questions regarding the Memphis Grizzlies.  My answers – which cover such topics as the play of Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, and Marc Gasol — have now been posted in an interview Chip has called Wages of Winning in 2011

Here is how Chip graciously introduces our discussion:

Every year around this time 3 Shades of Blue turns to our favorite statistical mastermind, Professor David Berri of Southern Utah University and auther of the successful book Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of Many Myths in Modern Sports, to discuss the Grizzlies season and why – if at all – the team’s fans should be optimistic about the future.

This past summer Prof. Berri along with Martin B. Schmidt released a 2nd book, Stumbling on Wins, to great critical acclaim. The book expanded on many of the theories brought forth in the first book. Prof. Berri has been a passionate Detroit Lions fan for years so he can empathize with the plight of the Grizzlies faithful.

Without further ado here’s David.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE INTERVIEW

Not to spoil the ending, but towards the end I say “John Hollinger and I tend to agree…”  For what we agree on, please read the interview. 

Let me also take this opportunity to comment on something I have seen in the comments.  People on the Internet – especially those who comment under an alias (although people can do while using their real names) – tend to think insults play a role in an argument.   Name-calling, though, is rarely persuasive. That is why I do not like seeing comments like “John Hollinger is an idiot”.  And not surprisingly, I don’t like seeing similar comments about professors at Southern Utah University.  So if you feel the urge to offer these kind of comments, do us all a favor and keep these thoughts to yourself.  And if you can’t, don’t be surprised if your comment gets trashed (and although I cannot promise to police all comments, I do hope people take my advice and police themselves).

– DJ