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Assuming we'll still have a functioning government in six months, you may still want to file your taxes. It's not too late to send a charitable contribution to Barking Carnival. Sailor Ripley owns...

Maurice Cheeks would like to thank the hall of fame voters...

for rightfully including Dr. Jerry Buss in Springfield. I don't have anything against Jerry Buss--other than the open-collared shirt look, anyway--clearly he's the most successful owner in NBA...

The Blind Side Movie

They're making a movie out of the Michael Lewis book The Blind Side and it has the potential to be a good flick. And by potential, I mean that it will be purchased by some studio hack who will...

Michael Lewis: The No-Stats All Star

I'm a great fan of Michael Lewis and own all of his books, with Liar's Poker, The Blind Side, and Moneyball among my all-time favorites. He's a sharp writer and social commentator and I imagine a...

Greg Cook Will Forever Loom Large In The Evolution of Football Strategy

Greg Cook Will Forever Loom Large In The History Of Football Strategy

Michael Lewis on the King of Human Error - Vanity Fair

"Baseball men, living from day to day in the clutch of carefully metered chance occurrences, have developed an entire bestiary of imagined causes to tie together and thus make sense of patterns that are in truth entirely accidental. . . . They have an entire vocabulary of completely imaginary concepts used to tie together chance groupings. It includes ‘momentum,’ ‘confidence,’ ‘seeing the ball well,’ ‘slumps,’ ‘guts,’ ‘clutch ability,’ being ‘hot’ and ‘cold,’ ‘not being aggressive’ and my all time favorite the ‘intangibles.’ By such concepts, the baseball man gains a feeling of control over a universe that swings him up and down and tosses him from side to side like a yoyo in a high wind." — Bill James Lewis's feature is only tangentially about Bill James and baseball; it's primarily about psychologist Daniel Kahneman and the innate failings of human reason. Great read.

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Six

The Book Club returns after a brief hiatus!

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Five

Discuss Chapter Five of Moneyball, which focuses on the 2002 MLB Draft.

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Three

Join the AA Book Club and talk "Moneyball".

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Two

Gather round and discuss Moneyball!

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