Why I like sports as a metaphor. They are like a Seahawks fan pretending Pete ran the ball, a Red Sox fan pretending Clemens could pitch in the post-season and Bob "The Steaming Pile" Stanley would have the sense to cover first, a Cubs fan thinking no Bartman is in the stands and Cleveland fans . . . well . . . "Cleveland."
Reality, of course, shows otherwise. Seattle had no parade. Red Sox fans had to wait nearly twenty more years while enduring a few more stumbles, one of the stumbles occurring in the same year the Cubs were last relevant, and . . . well . . . "Cleveland."
Like a rabid sports fan, the religious when confronted by a reality that does not fit what they want, will seek to blame people in such a way that they can imagine reality would be different "if not for that" singular event. Thus, Seattle forgets their previous three "three-and-outs" and giving up 14 points in the 4th quarter, which included "The Greatest Defense of All Time"--just ask Seattle fans!--coughing up a third and huge after getting a sack. They would prefer to blame it all on one play call.
Red Sox fans forget Clemens' weakness, the non-existent bullpen, coughing up a two-run lead twice, and even a wild pitch. And there was another game. They would prefer to blame it all on Bill Buckner.
Cubs fans forget that whether or not the ball could be caught, their otherwise fantastic--later WS winning with the Red Sox--short-stop blew a potential double-play and Bartman certainly did not give up multiple runs to the Marlins.
And Cleveland fans? If an unkind man I would mention being up 3 games to 1 and then massively blowing a running play in a Game 7, but that would be as cruel as showing a gif of Paul Pierce getting the ball on the ground and signaling "time-out" in time.
Or as I have pontificated far too many times, "The Curse of the Bambino" was all about mismanagement, being cheap, and being mind-numbingly racist. The Red Sox should retire Pumpsie Greens' number just to remind themselves that they were the last team to integrate. Then someone should tear Tom "Get Those Ni[CENSORED
--Ed.]gers Off My Field!" Yawkey's plaque off its wall in the Hall of Fame.
Thus the fundamentalist religious: which is all "Presupposition" and all of that claptrap is. They do not blame their ignorance of the world. They blame "others." Nasty ol' "Secularists" and "Scientists" are refusing to teach OUR CHILDREN the Truth! Nothing to do with the fact that reality does not depend on wishes.
It may be apocryphal but Me Sis who enjoyed the novel Gone with the Wind
as a Wee Spudette noted that "back in the day" history of the Civil War was taught differently in the South. Lots of material on the war up to about 1863. Then? Apparently, it was not until she was a late teenager that the authoress learned the South actually lost
the Civil War.
It proves positively Orwellian: this belief that reality can be a matter of propaganda. That one can "shout down" a viewpoint as if it makes a difference. As if one could teach to Our Children that Clemens did not weaken, the Red Sox had a bullpen, Alou catches the ball, Lynch runs--and does not get stuffed like he had 4 times out of 5 on goal line situations [Get on with it!--Ed.] and Fenway magically has an extra World Series trophy, the Cubs have a trophy--since they did not make them back in 1903--and Seattle is the first "back-to-back" Super Bowl winner since, well, the Patriots, and Patriots haters have another year to scream "Can't win since Spygate!"
Yet, Seattle has one banner, there remains that gap between 1918 and 2004, I am not sure what the Cubs display, but can it be worse than Cleveland?
So do the Creationists gibber and meep. Thinking if they can, in their own mind, win a "debate" they somehow change reality. "We would TOO if not for those meddlesome kids and their Jewish Secular dog!"
Prove Obama is a "Kenyan Usurper" and somehow the last seven-odd years disappear. Proving somehow Gore got more votes in Florida Bush never happened. If Ross Perot did not exist we never would have suffered Monica Lewinsky.
And if Grady Little pulled Pedro after 100 pitches?