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Why We Win: The Hidden Influences behind How Sports Are Playedby L. Jon Wertheim
Synopses & Reviews
Moskowitz, a University of Chicago behavioral economist, teams up with veteran "Sports Illustrated" writer Wertheim to look at the hidden influences and subtle biases that shape and sway sports behavior and outcomes.
About the Author
TOBIAS MOSKOWITZ is the Fama Family Chaired Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago. He is the winner of the 2007 Fischer Black Prize, which honors the top finance scholar in the world under the age of 40.
L. JON WERTHEIM is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, a recent Ferris Professor at Princeton, and the author of five books, including Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played.
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Table of Contents
Whistle swallowing : why fans and leagues want officials to miss calls — Go for it : why coaches make decisions that reduce their team's chances of winning — How competitive are competitive sports? : Why are the Pittsburgh Steelers so successful and the Pittsburgh Pirates so unsuccessful? — Tiger Woods is human (and not for the reason you think) : how Tiger Woods is just like the rest of us, even when it comes to playing golf — Offense wins championships, too : is defense really more important than offense? — The value of a blocked shot : why Dwight Howard's 232 blocked shots are worth less than Tim Duncan's 149 — Rounding first : why .299 hitters are so much more rare (and maybe more valuable) than .300 hitters — Thanks, Mr. Rooney : why black NFL coaches are doing worse than ever--and why this is a good thing — Comforts of home : how do conventional explanations for the home field advantage stack up? — So, what is driving the home field advantage? : Hint: vocal fans matter, but not in the way you might think — There's no I in team : but there is an m and an e — Off the chart : how Mike McCoy came to dominate the NFL draft — How a coin toss trumps all : why American Idol is a fairer contest than an NFL overtime — What isn't in the Mitchell Report? : Why Dominican baseball players are more likely to use steroids--and American players are more likely to smoke weed — Do athletes really melt when iced? : Does calling a time-out before a play actually work? — The myth of the hot hand : do players and teams ride the wave of momentum? Or are we (and they) fooled into thinking they do? — Damned statistics : why "four out of his last five" almost surely means four of six — Are the Chicano Cubs cursed? : lf not, then why are the Cubs so futile?
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