Should “Openers” Be Used in the NBA Playoffs?  

Last year the bold (and desperate) Tampa Bay Rays shook up the MLB by playing an “opener”: a relief-style pitcher who plays the first inning of the game. A somewhat similar, even bolder experiment should perhaps be tried in the NBA playoffs. Instead of teams saving their best players’ heavy-minute performances for games late inContinue reading “Should “Openers” Be Used in the NBA Playoffs?  “

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Professional Time Wasters

Usually, the goal of a basketball game is to outscore your opponent. There are certain cases, however, where a second goal is also at play: buying time for your best players to get a much-needed rest on the bench during a playoff game. Star players tend to play many more minutes per game during theContinue reading “Professional Time Wasters”

The Private Sector

How’s the bathroom business doing, Jim? Well, the profitability ratio stinks, but there’s a lot of liquidity. Nothing is more common as having to go to the bathroom, yet there are few examples of for-profit bathrooms in our otherwise profit-oriented cities. Even though bathroom access is often bartered indirectly – “customers only” comes to mind –Continue reading “The Private Sector”

The Three Card Monty: A Bus, Bike, and One-Seater Car plan for cities like Scarborough

One-seater electric automobiles may be on the rise, thanks to vehicle-sharing apps and range improvements in batteries. It is possible that these one-seaters will be a slothful and anti-social mode of transportation, like they are in Wall-E. Perhaps more likely, however, is that one-seaters will facilitate transportation that is actually more healthy and social thanContinue reading “The Three Card Monty: A Bus, Bike, and One-Seater Car plan for cities like Scarborough”