Election Post Mortem and Sports Talk with Nate Silver

My thoughts are percolating regarding upcoming posts as well as reorganizing those pages listed across the top which I have done little with so far.  Reorganization probably will mean I will erase most of them and pray that some day I will have more time to build up a reserve of illuminating political/economic information there.

The Major League Baseball logo.

The Major League Baseball logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, today I suggest you look at Nate Silver’s blog, which is also listed on my Blogroll to the left for  convenient access in the future.  For those who are unfamiliar with Silver, he  first gained public recognition for developing a computer analysis for forecasting the performance and career development in Major League Baseball  (stuff related to the movie Billy Ball).  Later he became famous doing  a great job in presidential picking in 2008 and again in 2012 (a perfect 50 out of 50 states).

In this post Silver is interviewed by some one who asks questions about the election, sports, public policy and some miscellaneous ones at the end.  If you flip through it I think you’ll find an interesting thing or two or three.

Such as this question and answer:

Q.  “Which do you find more frustrating to analyze, politics or sports?”

A.   “Politics. I don’t think its close. Between the pundits and the partisans, you’re dealing with a lot of very delusional people. And sports provides for much more frequent reality checks. If you were touting how awesome Notre Dame was, for example*, you got very much slapped back into reality last night. In politics, you can go on being delusional for years at a time

Full disclosure: I said in a NYT video yesterday that I’d bet Notre Dame against the spread.”

He took Notre Dame against the spread?  What an idiot!

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