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Question of the Day
Remember Gary Thorne, the Orioles’ announcer, casting aspersions on Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock? Well, I can hardly wait for him to weigh in on Paul Pierce’s wheelchair ride during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
He’d probably have an interesting take on Tiger’s limp, too.
So I’m reading about this woman who’s been barred by a judge from making contact with Michael Jordan, and I’m thinking: Hey, if she’s looking for somebody new to stalk, there’s always Bob Uecker.
Did you see Michael Beasley measured 6-foot-7 at a pre-NBA draft camp - not 6-10, as he was listed at Kansas State? That’s like finding out at the NFL combine that Ed “Too Tall” Jones is really Ed “Sorta Tall” Jones.
Came across an interesting passage in the New York Times’ review of “The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives,” a book by Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow. “When statistics are used in a court of law,” George Johnson writes, “the effect can be … misleading. Mlodinow recalls the O.J. Simpson trial, in which the prosecution depicted the defendant as an inveterate wife abuser. One of Simpson’s lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, countered with statistics: In the United States, four million women are battered every year by their male partners, yet only one in 2,500 is ultimately murdered by her partner.
“The jury may have found that persuasive, but it’s a spurious argument. Nicole Brown Simpson was already dead. The relevant question was what percentage of all battered women who are murdered are killed by their abusers. The answer, Mlodinow notes, didn’t come up in the trial. It was 90 percent.”
I’m still trying to figure out why Whistle Blower Protection doesn’t apply to Tim Donaghy.
Jim McKay one week, Charlie Jones the next.
About the Author
Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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