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Stand Up and Be Counted, Bob Costas

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Last week, Bob Costas stood up for Penn Staters on St. Louis radio. Now it's time to tell the world what he believes.

Al Pacino To Play Paterno In Biopic

Al Pacino has been cast to play Joe Paterno in a new film based on Joe Posnanski's book, "Paterno".

Why It Isn't Wrong To Attack The Recently-Departed JoePa

The media should spend less time celebrating JoePa, and more time finding out how an 85-year-old man could make such an egregious error, Inhistoric writes.

A Plea to Joe Posnanski

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As the obit in the fanshot titled "Posnanski" is referenced heavily in this piece, and I think it makes a good point, it should probably be acknowledged, at least.

Joe Pos: The Ballad of Bill James

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The movie did not suck, not at all, that's the wrong word and that's a story for tomorrow. The story for today is how we even got here. It is about a man who is not really in the movie. No actor plays him. He's mentioned in the movie here and there, but only for a a few seconds. Still, without him, there is no Moneyball. There is no Sabermetrics, at least not under that name. Certainly people would still be looking for objective knowledge in baseball -- people were looking long before Bill James and they will look long after. But without the life's work of Bill James, they sure as heck would not have made a movie out of it.

Duane Kuiper to be on next Poscast

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Ken Tremendous, Bill James, and now Duane Kuiper. Joe Posnanski is a god among sportswriters. Along with that announcement, there is also an excellent article that gives a cogent argument with which I agree entirely. It also manages to combine two of my favorite things: baseball and Robert Caro.

We will remember this day for the rest of our lives. Opening Day 2011... sit on it,...

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We will remember this day for the rest of our lives. Opening Day 2011... sit on it, Rays fans! Readable version.

...Not only that, but since expansion in 1969, your chance of scoring a single run is better with a...

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...Not only that, but since expansion in 1969, your chance of scoring a single run is better with a runner on first and nobody out than with a runner on second and one out. Get that? Your percentages for scoring ONE RUN is better. Now, a manager may believe that these so-called numbers are wrong, that hundreds of thousands of innings and at-bats and situations are wrong, that what is right is the manager's own instinct for avoiding the double play and putting his RBI guy up in the right situation. I don't begrudge a manager for thinking that or a team for believing in that manager or fans for wanting it to be true. I just wouldn't call it smart ball.

Joe Posnanski | Chinese Jibberish Posnanski, through a somewhat ugly metaphor, explains that non-stat people make it harder than it really is. Essentially, the counterarguments to the scientific approach to baseball are almost entirely red herrings. Either way, I question how much value time spent refuting the non-stat people really has. At some point we're arguing with people that don't want to know any better. Seems like they're the exact same people that deny ev...never mind.

Joe Posnanski Responds to Bruce Jenkins's Dreck

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Favorite quote: "More than anything, though, I have to ask: How could Bruce really think that one of the biggest cliches of our time -- the blogger in the mother's basement cliche -- was invented by Chipper Jones? This is like suggesting that the knock-knock joke was originated by Dermonti Dawson."

What you get from these quotes and just about everything Rodgers says — in addition to steady and...

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What you get from these quotes and just about everything Rodgers says — in addition to steady and pleasant boredom — is a sense of someone who thinks about things constantly, even little things that few others think about. He seems to be someone who simply cannot imagine staying the same, simply cannot imagine that he’s already good enough. There are so many potential distractions at the NFL level, some of them off the field (money, fame, fan fickleness …), some on the field (dealing with pain — Rodgers has a history of concussions — standing up to a heavy rush, the inner workings of a team …). And the most successful quarterbacks, bar none, are the ones who deal with those distractions and never believe the hype and continue to hunger for even the slightest improvement. That is a lot tougher trait to scout than arm strength and how much a player can bench press.

This is a great read from Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated on Aaron Rodgers.
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