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Re: “A tough lesson about the N-word

More than twenty years ago a white high-school teacher of mine used the word in an all-white class as an example of a fictitious sports team nickname that might be as insulting as names such as Redskins, Indians, etc... The discussion was unrelated to any lesson plan for the day and began for reasons that escape my memory, but what I definitely recall was his using the word (and the fact that this fictitious team was to play in Cleveland). I was not offended by his actions then, and my biggest takeaway was and is that the guy was willing to go somewhere that a more cautious educator would not.

I'd be more than happy to come to a global consensus on the absolute inappropriateness of the word being uttered by a white person, but would prefer that we all be open enough with each other to fully understand the point of view of the speaker using the word as well as the listener hearing the word. That being an absolute impossibility, perhaps it's best to tread carefully with it.

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Posted by Greg Meyer on 01/24/2013 at 1:51 PM

Re: “The grow house next door

Interesting story. I'm be curious to know how cognizant Ortiz was as to the potential legal consequences of the endeavor, and exactly how much financial trouble he was in to take the risk. I don't exactly know my way in and out of marijuana law, but had I considered starting a small growing operation in my home I'd have ballparked the legal downside at about six months in prison, and that's with a spotless past.

Posted by Greg Meyer on 08/09/2012 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Much ado about Lana Del Rey

I couldn't agree more with John Michael's comments.

For whatever a person's motives are to make art, society's aggregate response to that art will be some stew consisting of timing, background and the actual merit of the art among other things.

Eye of the beholder.

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Posted by Greg Meyer on 10/07/2011 at 11:07 AM

Re: “I guess there's WTF, and then major-grade WTF

I assume that the phrase 'Obama's union bosses' was supposed to fit in there somewhere.

Posted by Greg Meyer on 09/06/2011 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Sticks and stones will break your bones, and so will 16-inch softball

Beyond the macho pride, I like the fact that so much of the 16-inch game has to do with directional hitting and aggressive baserunning. The whole idea of calculating risk vs. reward in taking an extra base changes drastically when you consider that they have to make a good throw, catch it and apply a tag to get you out...and they have to do those three things with big mushy ball and no glove.

Posted by Greg Meyer on 08/05/2011 at 5:27 PM

Re: “While the Big Breeze refreshes, Vizquel triples Sox fans' pleasure

I've long been interested in the trade-off between specialized, concentrated production in a line-up vs. a line-up of consistent and versatile hitters. From an individual standpoint this would be the comparison between a player who does most things fairly well (Rios) to a player who does a few things extremely well (Dunn). I would like to believe that, as the author has pointed out, the versatile player will have more chances to help his team when one aspect of his game is faltering.

In trying to analyze some historically balanced line-ups, one that did jump out at me was the '94 Expos, who didn't feature anyone putting up crazy offensive numbers - just a bunch of solid statistical seasons (they ended the shortened season with the best record in baseball). Perhaps an anomaly but interesting nonetheless.

Posted by Greg Meyer on 06/10/2011 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Whiff Kid Adam Dunn Will Elate, Frustrate White Sox Fans

The author is correct in his assumption that fans will be disapointed with the large pile of strikeouts, even though (as others have indicated) common wisdom is moving away from the demonization of the strikeout as a measure of failure. It's easy to remember or recount how a batter whiffed with runners on second and thid with one out in the eighth with the score tied, while a lineout to the shortstop in the same situation would be looked at differently from the fan's perspective.

Outside of the sabermetrics, my preference is for a game that features a quicker pace with fewer pitches and more contact, but the game has moved away from that consistently even when going back to the early twentieth century. I don't care for the Adam Dunn approach (or the Carlos Marmol approach for that matter), but that doesn't mean he won't be very effective.

Posted by Greg Meyer on 04/07/2011 at 1:46 PM

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