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Numbers Making a Fearsome Racket - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Numbers Making a Fearsome Racket
Among other reasons I am desperate for this election to be over is that it is hampering my ability to think about other matters of interest. It's not healthy for someone to visit the meta-polling sites dozens of times each day, as I -- and so many others, from what I can discern -- have been doing. For one thing, all that studying of the map is depriving me of valuable time for reading content on ESPN.com. Hell, I've barely paid attention to the start of the NBA season, I'm so preoccupied.

For me, at least, the reason why politics has partially substituted for sports is that the media, old and new, now generate so much information of a statistical nature that the part of my mind that lusts after figures -- aside from the ones attached to certain women, that is -- is sated. It may seem silly that I'm compulsively checking the numbers from North Dakota, of all places, but if so, it's a silliness that parallels by quest to figure out who, besides Barry Bonds, has ruled the OPS category over the past decade.

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barca_k From: barca_k Date: October 22nd, 2008 05:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
don't worry about it. it's obvious this election is completely in the bag already, & nothing could possibly change it.

nothing can stop Paris Hilton now.

so relax.

as to Bonds & OPS... gosh. i don't think anyone comes close, at least not in this era. but i'll tell you, in the nineteen-teens, i'd take Tris Speaker over anybody. with Johnny Mostil, if we could de-age him about fifteen years, in center field.

& be reassured - i'm sure President Hilton will be very well disposed towards a group of men like the NBA who are very rich, very well-publicized, & enjoy making sex tapes with anyone who shows up.
thedayiexploded From: thedayiexploded Date: October 22nd, 2008 07:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I go to cnn.com about five times a day to visit their "Election Tracker." I then drag the cursor over most of the states to check the latest poll numbers--as if they changed in the past two hours....

By the way, I have an affinity with North Carolina.
From: catfishvegas Date: October 24th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Try craving that level of near constantly updated detail, but instead for a congressional race that just isn't watched as closely. Maddening...
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