Thursday, July 17, 2003

"I feel like that all the time." 

(With apologies to Steven Wright.) I was reading some baseball bulletin board discussing this New Yorker article on Bill James. For the uninitiated, James is considered the father of the use of statistical analysis in baseball, referred to as sabermetrics, and there's a quote of James, from a different article on, that perfectly describes how the Scholars sometimes feel.
"I thought that if I proved convincingly that X was a stupid thing to do, that people would stop doing X. I was wrong. People would just keep saying X."