Monthly Archives: November 2010

Decision Points

George Bush’s book sold 432K in its first week on-sale according to Nielsen BookScan ( his publisher Crown announced that the book sold 775K overall including about 100K eBooks, large print, audio, and accounts that don’t report to BookScan). It was outsold by the latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, both in the BookScan universe  (542K) and the overall publisher estimate department  (825K).

His wife Laura’s book has sold 382K since going on sale in May and Bill Clinton’s book My Life sold 597K in its first week on-sale in 2004.

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On election day, 56 more years.

This is a little off the beaten path, even for a Sporting Gentlemen post, and firstly congratulations to the World Champion San Fransisco Giants, but Ken Rosenthal in his infinite wisdom over at Fox Sports is forecasting longevity for this team built mostly of journeymen rentals.

In the last decade, only the Yankees repeated as champions, and even they took nine years to do so. In deference to the quality young pitching that Rosenthal touts, the Atlanta Braves only won once with the best trio of starters ever, and closers can disappear from one year to the next (see: Brad Lidge or anyone other than Mariano Rivera and Denis Eckersley for that matter).

To be clear, by journeymen rentals, I mean players in the declining stages of their careers with 0-2 years left under contract: Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, Mark DeRosa, Pat Burrell, Andres Torres, Aaron Rowand, Javier Lopez, and Guillermo Mota. Most of these guys had good years and in some cases came up big in the postseason, but it’s going to be tough (i.e. bordeline impossible) to duplicate this year’s results with a rotating cast of position players, even if your quality young pitching stays healthy and quality.

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Dead Reckonings

Matt Cardin has a great review of Against Religion forthcoming in the Fall 2010 issue of Dead Reckonings magazine.

…Lovecraft approaches the idea of cosmic meaninglessness and human insignificance in a way that can render it exhilarating, and that explodes the still-lingering idea that he was a morbid recluse with an eccentrically deranged inner life.

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