Thursday Morning Click-Thru 12/1/2011

Things I found interesting this week that somehow relate to the stuff we talk about here at oneforfive.com:
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  • The Cosmic Baseball Association:  I’ve been following it since 2005, and it’s always interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking.  Where else can you find a team of American Presidents playing against a non-humanoid team of classic motion picture cameras and film products?  Or, abstract numbers vs. Pre-Raphaelites?  I would love to one day interview the mysterious editor about this league and how it is run, but I almost don’t want to ruin the mystery for myself.  I almost prefer the mystery.  What does that say about me?
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  • Bill James Online:  The majority of the content is behind the pay wall ($3/month as of 11/30/2011), but there is a lifetime of free stuff to dig through for even a mostly incapable sabermetrician like myself.  Bill regularly answers emailed questions at his “Hey Bill” page, which is always a treat.
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  • John Dewan’s Stat of the Week:  this week John answers the age old question – “Is the Ted Williams Shift Effective?”  John was the founder of Baseball Info Solutions, ACTA Sports, and he publishes The Fielding Bible.  He’s a stat nerd among stat nerds, but his writing is always entertaining, his “stats of the week” always interesting, and his blog always worth reading.
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  • Ok, it’s The Sun, which often isn’t too far off from the Weekly World News, but this quote from Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis is damning not just to Manchester City, to whom he levels a passive-aggressive accusation of match fixing, but to the entire sport of soccer, which, let’s face it, is probably the crookedest collective industry in the world that does not have ties to Halliburton or Goldman Sachs.  Shucks, for all I know FIFA does have ties to Halliburton and Goldman Sachs.
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  • Random Baseball Biography of the Day:  Ed Reulbach born December 1, 1882 – winner of the very first Cy Young award in my PUB League.  Thanks for the memories, Ed.
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