Integrity of the Game (can’t get away from La Russa) and the Weather

Quote by Lewis Black

They’ve gotta stop reporting wind chill. That’s nonsense. It really is. I don’t know where they came up with it, why they came up with it, but it’s a lie. They come on, “Well, it’s 27 degrees today, but with the wind chill, it’s minus 3.” Well, then it’s minus 3, asshole! I don’t need to know what the weather was like if the conditions were perfect!

https://www.si.com/mlb/2020/01/20/astros-sign-stealing-questions

If the link does not work google, astros cheating scandal affect on supreme court ruling. It did not affect the ruling because the scandal was not revealed until after the ruling. I wonder if the ruling would have been different if the scandal was known. In the linked article La Russa is accused by a WS player of devising a sign stealing scheme in the 1980s which he denies. Sincere or not sincere? You can guess how I would vote if he did cheat if you have read my previous blog pieces.

I am not accusing weather services of lacking integrity, at least until they create a market to bet on their predictions. I know that earlier today I experienced 20 degrees not whatever temperature they posted.

If you received a post already it was incomplete. I must have goofed up save of the post so I have to rewrite the rest of the post. Too bad because I kind of liked the writing.

The Department of Justice is rushing to legalize firing squads for the death penalty. I am, and always have been, against the death penalty. I wonder if I will have to check my integrity if trump and/or his minions are found guilty of treason. I checked, I will still be against the death penalty. The ideas put out by Barr are an example of the risks of voting in a person who seems to have no skills, no empathy, no compassion, no courage…

The integrity of the game. As I wrote when I mentioned Fay Vincent I believe the “commissioners” of sports, whether amateur or professional, have transitioned all to well to a corporate, capitalistic world view. The NCAA-amateur sports make a billion a year while fighting the student-athletes tooth and nail in sharing a piece of the money. Northwestern fought hard, and won, against the student-athletes from unionizing.

The integrity of the game. You would think like any business you would strive to stay true to your values which I would hope included integrity. The sport leagues for years were against legalizing betting on their games. They would lobby against betting. That has changed as what I see is their move away from the integrity of the game to monetizing betting. The leagues started asking for an “integrity fee” of 1% of the take from gambling on their games. When that did not fly they went down to .025%. When that did not fly they went to royalties and fees for their in game data. What happened to “integrity”? Were they not monitoring for integrity issues all along? The data is interesting because what they propose by charging for it will create an unfair playing field for bettors. In past life on the options exchange I saw firms looking for millisecond advantages. I believe in the spirit of integrity that the data should be free and the same for everyone. Any other system creates a rigged market which is par for the course for the wealthy who are not taking action for the “love of the game” as most fans are.

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