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Trivial Posts #27: Board Games, Podcasts, And Postseason Baseball

Everything looked so calm and predictable as the weekend started. Instead, I’m off to do some last-minute travelling, but not before I share some links and articles that I enjoyed this week on the web. You can sign up to have this posted out to you every week, subscribe to the newsletter version here. You Helped My Battleship Transport Wool! There’s nothing like a good family board game at Christmas, and a big stack of them by the table during the rest of the year. So The Observer’s look at the resurgence of board games – especially the so-called ‘German’ board games that rarely pit you directly

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Language, words, and meanings, within MLB and Eurovision

There’s a nice article on the evolving English language between US English and UK English on BBC News today. The medium is Football (okay, and straight away I need to say ‘Soccer’ for US readers), and the language used by the commentators to describe different facets of the game, and how the US sports broadcasters have their own vocabulary which has no influence from the UK commentators. It’s something I’ve seen directly around the Eurovision Song Contest. I have a bundle of spreadsheets I use to track country performance in the Contest, with variables such as SPA (Semi Final Placing

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Sympathy with the blackout devil

If there’s one thing that I find amazingly Kafkaesque in Baseball, it’s not the infield fly rule, but the blackout restrictions. Arbitrary rules to force fans to watch games on one distribution medium (such as a local TV station) by blocking the broadcast on other networks (such as the official website). Which assumes that you have access to a local TV station, that carries the game, and you’ve subscribed to them. Which leads to situations such as Linus Edwards… Both the MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv packages blackout all games of teams that are part of your home market. This

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About that National Anthem thing before every American sports event…

Deadspin’s Drew Magary decides he wants to sing the Anthem at a ball game, and the Potomac Nationals oblige. This is his story of the anthem. Loogit all the big words! I have no fucking idea what a rampart is. If you’re unsure of the words to the anthem, this section will out you as an imitation Enrico Palazzo. Melody-wise, this section represents the end of your honeymoon period. The American Ninja Warrior portion of the course comes next. You better have taken in enough breaths before this happens: and the rockets’ red glaaaaare…

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When Baseball speaks the truth about God and Science

Who would have thought that the one phrase to stick with me on New Year’s Day would be on the moral implications of God and Science as seen through the prisim of the MLB Hall of Fame vote? No doubt, there is a little bit of projection going on; some writers harbor a bit of self-loathing at having been duped into mythologizing players who now appears to have been blessed more by science than by God (unless you attribute science to God, but we’ll save that discussion for another day). That’s a kicker on third base right there…

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