The vocation of being an advocate for the dead

An article on the real-life doctor featured in the movie Concussion says quite a bit about the Nigerian Christian’s understanding of “calling”; that is, vocation.  (Did any of this come out in the movie?) [Read more…]

Why football?

A reporter transplanted from Chicago to work on the Daily Oklahoman who cares nothing for football was given the assignment to find out why Oklahomans care so much about the sport.

This turned into an interesting article, which I excerpt and link to after the jump, whereupon I then raise questions for my fellow football fans. [Read more…]

The Cardinals’ hacking scandal

The St. Louis Cardinals are being accused of hacking into the Houston Astro’s data system.  Some are saying that, if true, this has the makings of one of the biggest scandals in baseball history, with the Cardinals facing huge penalties, people getting banned from baseball, and individuals going to jail.

Jeff Luhnow was an important part of the Cardinals’ brain trust, a data guru who was a master of the statistical analysis that has become dominant in baseball strategy and player evaluation.   (See Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.)  Recently, Luhnow became the general manager of the Houston Astros, where he has worked wonders, transforming a perennial losing team into one of the best performers of the season.  Reportedly, someone in the Cardinals’ organization hacked into his old colleague’s account in Houston, using the same passwords he had used on his Cardinals’ account!  (Lesson:  change your passwords.)

But isn’t this just a minor prank, on a par with stealing signs?  After the jump, read details about what apparently happened, as well as a column from Tom Boswell on why this (if true, I hasten to say) is a very big deal.

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Professional ball game closed to the public

Imagine two professional baseball teams playing each other but not letting any fans watch the game.  Maybe that’s the future of professional sports.  But it is happening today in Baltimore, where riots over another African-American who died in police custody, have led to the decision that the Orioles-White Sox game would be closed to the public. [Read more…]

The winner of the Cranach NCAA pool. . .

. . .is Pete, who predicted three of the final four.  His strategy after the jump.  [Read more…]

The Cranach NCAA pool

There is probably a way to set up an online pool for your NCAA basketball tournament predictions, complete with interactive brackets and monetary awards, but that goes beyond the scope of our Patheos software.  So let’s just keep it simple:  Give your projections for the Final Four, the top two, and the national champion.

BONUS:  There always seems to be a surprise “Cinderella” team, some little school that comes out of nowhere to break into the Sweet Sixteen or otherwise do better than anyone would have expected.  Will that happen again this year, and, if so, who will it be?

The person with the best predictions will win not money but blog glory and bragging rights. [Read more…]