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Two Sports Things

1. I usually don't complain about "East Coast media bias" because I have more important ways of driving myself bananas, but there was this hilarious article a few days ago. Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who had thrown a no-hitter in his previous outing, gave up a hit against the first batter he faced in the next game, and the headline said: "LESTER THWARTED IN BID FOR SECOND NO-HITTER". Okay, I mean, that's technically correct; I'm sure he was trying for a second no-hitter. But that headline's pretty divorce from the reality of what actually happened. It's not much of a 'bid' for a no-hitter if it's 'thwarted' on the first pitch; by that logic, every single game is a bid for a no-hitter. It may be technically true, but it degrades Lester's actual accomplishment. By this logic, you could write an article that starts "Paul Konerko was thwarted in his attempt to hit nine home runs in a single game by striking out in his first at-bat."

2. Does anyone happen to know where I could find a copy of Keith Woolner's essay in defense of the designated hitter rule? It's apparently not online anymore, and Google's cache isn't helping. Woolner, the guy who invented VORP, wrote this incredibly well-researched defense of the DH a while back, and it agreed with all my major points in favor of the rule, only much more cogently.

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roseyv
May. 27th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Thwarting
I know it's really not the same thing, but I feel kind of the same way about the use of the word "snub" in the entertainment industry sense.

"Cher Snubbed At Oscars!"

Um, no. Cher may have been nominated for an Oscar, but when she did not win she was not "snubbed," she simply lost. A snub is an intentional slight. Cher was no more "snubbed" than the other nine hundred nominees who didn't get to take home a statue.
archaica
May. 27th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Thwarting
The entertainment industry thrives on conflict, though. If they painted things in such realistic terms, they'd have nothing to write about.
shekb
May. 27th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Doesn't the term "east coast media bias" imply that east coast teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox were covered? Because, well, they're fucking not.
boomerkuwanger
May. 28th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
If someone does find it, I would be very much interested in reading that.
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