you probably overrate that which you love

SigmundFreud Surrealists 1500

THIS MORNING, the ques­tion on Quora was, “Who is the most over­rated music star of all time?” Rather than an­swer the question—which I don’t be­lieve can be an­swered to every­one’s satisfaction—I ad­dressed the as­sump­tions of the ques­tion it­self.

My an­swer is in­dented below be­tween the im­ages of Bert Blyleven (with the ball) and Sig­mund Freud (with the cigar). READ MORE

on baseball and moneyball and bill james

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MONEYBALL by Michael Lewis was a look into the work­ings of the Oak­land A’s base­ball team. Pub­lished in 2003 with the un­likely sub­title, “The Art Of Win­ning An Un­fair Game,” Lewis wanted to know how a team in a ‘small’ market—Oakland being deemed such by MLB—with a budget that con­sis­tently ranked in the lower half of base­ball in terms of team pay­roll could so con­sis­tently play com­pet­i­tive ball with the “rich” teams. READ MORE