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Author:  J Kaufman [ Mon May 04, 2009 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Today's testiness

Brought on by reading the baseball pages:

Crawford gets six steals in a game, and everyone tells us this ties the "modern record." Not everyone, however, answered what seemed to me to be pretty obvious questions raised by that: If he tied the record, who did it first and who else achieved it? What's a "modern" record, and how is it different from a "record"? And why should that make a difference? We can assume all readers of sports pages are as well-informed as the writers, or not. We can assume, dangerously, that the questions the stories don't answer can be answered on the Internet, which is indeed where I found some, but not all, of the answers. [Then why read the baseball pages?]

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