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'Be Like Mike' on the Court -- and Bill James in the Classroom

Tim Chartier | Posted 01.31.2014 | Science
Tim Chartier

A generation ago, young players across the country were shooting layups with their tongues waggling in the air to simply "Be like Mike." In the mathematical classroom, similar role-playing can enhance learning. Rather than being like Mike, let's see how to be like Bill -- James, that is.

Drugs in Baseball: It's All About the Numbers

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.26.2013 | Sports
Rick Horowitz

"Performance-enhancing" or "History-erasing"?...

Sam Stein

Political Operatives Mull Going Positive | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While positive campaigning is not a panacea for a candidate seeking to neutralize a well-funded opponent, there are upsides to 'going ni...

Sam Stein

'Moneyball' Genius Calculates How Outspent Campaigns Can Beat Rich Rivals | Sam Stein | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A political candidate being dramatically outspent by his opponent has few options. He can pin his hopes on a strong debate performance, ...

The Top 25 Baseball Books for Your Desert Island

Jeff Polman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
Jeff Polman

I thought this spring would be a fine time to take stock of my home archive and pluck out the top 25 baseball volumes I would like to have in a steamer trunk if my cruise ship to the Caribbean World Series ever runs into a hurricane and dumps me on a very remote, satellite dish-free atoll.

Ron Dicker

How Jeremy Lin Proves Everything We Know About Investing Is Wrong | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

NBA teams overlooked Jeremy Lin for the same reason so-called experts first ignore stocks, business pioneers and anything else that defies expectation...

Movie Review: Moneyball

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Michael Lewis' book, Moneyball, was a sports thriller disguised as a nonfiction volume about statistics wonks. And Bennett Miller's film of Thomas' bo...

Why Can We Develop Athletes And Not Writers?

Slate Magazine | Bill James | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home

The population of Topeka, Kan., today is roughly the same as the population of London in the time of Shakespeare, and the population of Kansas now is ...

The Philip Roth Reader: Both Of The Great American Pastimes

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Stabiner

Who are the great baseball writers? Roger Angell, Bill James, George Will (eing a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan has to count for something). Oh yeah -- and Philip Roth in Portnoy's Complaint.

Don't Squander® That Opportunity

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger I. Abrams

My colleague has designed a new team statistic called "the squander®," the offensive team's statistical equivalent of a pitcher's "blown save."

The Cliff Floyd Factor: Something Bill James Can't Measure

Dave Hollander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Hollander

Wherever Cliff Floyd goes, his teams win. Not only do they win, they turnaround. It's as if before Floyd got there not only weren't they winning but his teams appeared to have little idea how to win.