Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/18/12

Paulina Gretzky’s embarrassing self-photo and ultimate bikini photo gallery. (Australian Eye) and (Bleacher Report)

-And our Paulina Gretzky Photo Gallery

-(Shine from Yahoo) Kate Upton defends her curves from an online magazine that called her fat.

-(New York Times magazine) “Who made the Olympic Rings?

-(New York Times magazine) “Let’s Play Medalball”

By NATE SILVER

It’s been almost a decade since the publication of “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’s famous book-turned-movie about how the small-market Oakland Athletics used statistical artistry to compete against their (much) richer rivals. Billy Beane is still the A’s general manager, but here’s a modest proposal for his next act. He could become the head of another budget-strapped sports organization like, say, the Olympic Committee of Kyrgyzstan — or another small-market country with limited resources. Bishkek is nice this time of year!

How might Beane turn “moneyball” into “medalball”? Channeling him, I’ve identified three measures that, when weighted equally, suggest the sports in which the Kyrgyzstans of the world could direct their energy and resources to maximize their medal count. The first one, economic balance, shows the wealth of Summer Olympics medal winners — as measured by their countries’ per capita G.D.P. — since 1996, the year my analysis begins. The second one, competitive balance, indicates how much a sport is dominated by a few countries. The final measure, medal abundance, indicates the number of medals awarded per competitor. The formula basically comes down to finding a sport that is cheap to compete in, isn’t already dominated and gives out a disproportionate number of medals. It suggests how an upstart Olympic nation can reach the podium a few times more often.

FIND A CHEAP SPORT

The average medal winner comes from a country with per capita G.D.P. of $27,000 in today’s dollars, which is well above the worldwide average of around $11,000. But wealthy nations haven’t claimed every sport. Indonesia has won many medals in badminton; Belarus and Ukraine are powers in rhythmic gymnastics. I’ve ranked sports by the average per capita G.D.P. of medal winners since 1996 and listed the top and bottom three below. The lower the number, the better the chance for a smaller or poorer country to succeed.

-(CBS Chicago) Ozzie Guillen went off on another media rant, and a lot of it is directed at the Chicago media

-America voted on who the sexiest star of Wimbledon was……..was it Maria Sharapova?

-A lot of noise recently about the nation’s top recruit, Chicago’s very own Jabari Parker, limiting his college choices to ten. DePaul, not Illinois and Northwestern are still in the running.  Maybe he checked out DePaul’s new look website, and that influenced his decision? A tweet from July 11th:

Greg Greenwell ?@DePaulSID

RT @depaulathletics: Be sure to check out DepaulBlueDemons.com  this afternoon for the new look and features.

-(Chicago Tribune) A Deerfield TribLocal sports story was plagiarized and featured fake quotes.

-(Fang’s Bites) The WWL continues to consummate it’s marriage to the SEC.

-(Chicagoland Radio and Media) Tribune company finally close to exiting bankruptcy status

-10 Colleges with the Most Powerful Coaches
-(NMA) Penn State football is facing suspension or perhaps even the “death penalty” as the NCAA considers a range of sanctions in the wake of news that top university officials shielded serial child abuser and assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from investigation for years to preserve the football program’s image.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Fox Sports, MSN, Walter Football and Yardbarker

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