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  1. Perkins

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    Cal Ripken sitting at 85% for Orioles 200 hits.

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  2. berselius

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    Despite past O’s quasi-fandom, stumped by some of those answers. Also got burned my Mr. Most Hits In the Nineties.

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  3. berselius

    Between his galling comments on the Michael Oher situation and the recent crypto scammer stuff, Michael Lewis has sure pissed away whatever rep he built from his Moneyball days.

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  4. andcounting

    berselius,

    The Oher stuff revealed his blind side (SNS) but what’s the crypto scammer stuff? I know he wrote a book on Sam and the FTXes but it seemed like he lucked into a well-timed book on that one (tempered by very poorly timed foot-in-mouth disease). Is there something else I missed?

    Either way, the Oher comment really soured my opinion of him, and I really like his stuff.

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    Rice Cube

    andcounting,

    There was a Legal Eagle video about this and the whole thing seems shady AF, I assume details will emerge but kind of tricking your purported adopted son into thinking that but not actually adopting him seems like a major low

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  6. andcounting

    Rice Cube,

    Oh no, I knew about the Oher stuff. I just hadn’t actually listened to any of his commentary about SBF. I have now and it’s nuts. They’re both examples of him refusing to revise his narrative after receiving new information. It’s kind of amazing he didn’t change his mind on SBF when the corruption came out. He thought he knew more but he knew less…and what he thought he knew was bullshit.

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  7. Perkins

    andcounting:
    Rice Cube,

    When people get swindled it takes a LOT to get them to admit it. Lewis is NEVER going to see it.

    This is a big part of why so many Americans still like Trump. It’s super hard to get people to admit they’re not as smart as how they see themselves.

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    Rice Cube

    Perkins,

    This is part of that whole Dunning-Kruger thing methinks, one of the advantages of earning a PhD was when I realized how actually stupid I am compared to the true experts (dying laughing)

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  9. berselius

    Rice Cube:
    Perkins,

    This is part of that whole Dunning-Kruger thing methinks, one of the advantages of earning a PhD was when I realized how actually stupid I am compared to the true experts (dying laughing)

    Agreed – the biggest lesson from graduate school is not just how much I don’t know, but how much I’ll never know (dying laughing).

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  10. berselius

    andcounting:
    Rice Cube,

    Oh no, I knew about the Oher stuff. I just hadn’t actually listened to any of his commentary about SBF. I have now and it’s nuts. They’re both examples of him refusing to revise his narrative after receiving new information. It’s kind of amazing he didn’t change his mind on SBF when the corruption came out. He thought he knew more but he knew less…and what he thought he knew was bullshit.

    At least it sounds like people are flooding reviews of the Lewis book with recs to read the recently released Number Go Up by Zeke Faux instead (dying laughing). I picked it up on audiobook earlier this week and am about halfway through.

    Even before this stuff I had soured on Lewis a bit after The Premonition, on pandemic stuff. While The Fifth Risk was very good in breaking down all the invisible shit the government does behind the scenes, Premonition basically just seemed like a lot of lazy posthoc analysis and contrarianism.

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    Rice Cube

    Never really understood crypto, always seemed like a scam, between the bitcoin and the NFTs it’s kind of just like “why don’t I just buy a Picasso and do rich people money laundering the way it’s always worked before?”

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  12. dmick89

    berselius,

    Lewis should be under more fire for some of the comments of support he’s given to the family that was the story in The Blind Side. From the sound of it Oher got screwed and Lewis was standing up for the family (family friends I think) as recently as a month ago.

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  13. Perkins

    Rice Cube:
    Never really understood crypto, always seemed like a scam, between the bitcoin and the NFTs it’s kind of just like “why don’t I just buy a Picasso and do rich people money laundering the way it’s always worked before?”

    I’ve always understood crypto as a cyclical pump-and-dump scheme and have never invested in it because there’s nothing of tangible or even intuitive value backing the security. It’s just vibes.

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  14. Perkins

    Rice Cube,

    Yeah the USD is backed by a combination of the US economy, government, and military, which are all more real than “n00bm4st3r69 said this shitcoin is going to the moon!!!!🚀🚀🚀🚀”

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    Rice Cube

    Half of this was Ryan Zimmerman even though he only has the one (dying laughing)

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  16. Perkins

    Billy Eppler is apparently under investigation for misusing the IL, and I’m really curious what prompted that. We’ve seen the Cubs (and probably most orgs) stash players there with what appear to be phantom injuries, so Eppler must have done something truly outrageous.

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  17. berselius

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    Guessed the Laser Show for 100 RBI but tough to do when you’re mostly leading off I guess, even in those bopper lineups.

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    andcounting,

    I believe his arb raise does not include the money he’s about to earn from being one of the top players in the pre-arb class and the inevitable Cy Young finalist placing, I think they usually do all that stuff by the time the Winter Meetings roll around, so Steele will get paid before he gets paid some more, deservedly.

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  19. Perkins

    Apropos of nothing, my Lego UCS Venator Class Star Destroyer arrived today and this might be the happiest I’ve been in some time.

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  20. Perkins

    berselius,

    I don’t like the Landspeeder enough to want to buy one but would absolutely consider if they made another UCS B-Wing.

    I’m planning to get that Coruscant Guard LAAT sometime next year because it looks hella fun to play with. I got the midi scale Executor earlier this year and really looking forward to more ships at that scale.

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  21. berselius

    Really wish I had bit the bullet and picked up the Executor back in 2011, but $400 was a tough swing just coming out of grad school (dying laughing).

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  22. berselius

    Perkins,

    The B-wing is probably my least favorite model that I have, (dying laughing). It’s such a pain in the ass to look good when displaying it.

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  23. berselius

    Perkins,

    FWIW I ended up liking the Landspeeder way more than I expected.

    That Venator whatever looks pretty badass, but I haven’t had enough of a connection to Clone Wars to grab any of the related stuff.

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  24. Perkins

    berselius,

    I said about five or six years ago if they ever made a UCS Venator I would buy it instantly. The old UCS Executor was really cool and wish I’d bought (or even been aware of) it then. The current midi scale one is also neat though.

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    Rice Cube

    I have the mid-sized Millenium Falcon from around when Episode VII came out but if someone were to get me the $900 mega-huge one I wouldn’t object

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  26. Perkins

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    Maddux is 68 of this. I guess not many people can easily think of another CYA-GG winner.

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  27. Smokestack Lightning

    Playoff Kershaw remains defeated.

    Baseball is such an asshole sometimes. Dude is gonna go to his grave with at minimum mixed feelings about his own HOF career.

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  28. andcounting

    andcounting,

    I know that sounds like an absurdly obvious statement, but it’s hilarious to me at this point that only two teams in the 2023 postseason have a win percentage that doesn’t end in .000.

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    Rice Cube

    andcounting,

    They did already release bunches of articles about how the playoff system was broken or unfair because the top seeds got walloped but I’m just like “maybe that’s just baseball”…if the top teams always won that wouldn’t be as fun, even if you believed that was pure.

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  30. andcounting

    Rice Cube,

    As a big proponent of this system, I rest comfortably knowing no baseball mind of any merit would believe there’s anywhere close to enough data to meaningfully evaluate the damage done by *checks notes* resting a little.

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    Rice Cube

    andcounting,

    The one that I recall most is in 2012, when the Tigers had several days off after having swept the ALCS while the Giants kept playing, and then I believe the Giants swept the Tigers in the World Series, but that’s just really a convenient narrative/excuse, maybe…I dunno…it’s the postseason, play better?

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  32. Perkins

    What I’d wonder mostly is if the data shows hitters perform worse after a multi-day break since timing is probably the easiest thing to lose without regular reps. I have to think after the exhaustion of the season everyone would feel a bit fresher with some time to heal the nagging aches and pains (especially pitchers).

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    Rice Cube

    Perkins,

    I feel like if you gave teams a choice between playing in the wild card round right away or getting a bye…they might trend towards the extra days of rest, but I guess we won’t know until MLB decides to put it to a vote

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  34. Perkins

    Beyond wanting the Astros to lose, I don’t have a rooting interest in this postseason so I’m hoping for the maximum amount of games and chaos.

    I guess I’d be pretty okay with seeing the Twins win it all.

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  35. andcounting

    I’m going to use Seiya Suzuki as case in point that resting for a few days boosts OPS by roughly .600.

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    Rice Cube

    andcounting,

    I’m immensely surprised Harper didn’t wait around just a bit past 2B to wait for the ball to drop but Harris overthrew a couple guys before Riley salvaged the play so a number of really stupid things had to happen in order for that play to become potentially iconic

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  37. Perkins

    I saw a meme that Clayton Kershaw’s regular season stats are inner circle HoF but in the postseason he’s basically Steve Trachsel. It’s remarkable.

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    Rice Cube

    Perkins,

    Was thinking about Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing but they at least continued to play well and put up stats, they just weren’t as good as Michael Jordan. Kershaw just kind of gets factory reset when the postseason starts, it’s weird.

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  39. Perkins

    I haven’t submitted today’s IG yet but I’m wondering which of Wood/Prior/Zambrano gets picked most for a 200K season.

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  40. berselius

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    Barry Zito was never a big strikeout guy, natch.

    Big Z for life!

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    Rice Cube

    Unforgiving on the rarity as there are some slim pickings for the right column

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  42. Perkins

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    Not the best day for rarity scores, but I managed to avoid using Nolan Ryan.

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