Archive for June 3rd, 2010

On Armando Galarraga, Brian Cushing, and Revising History

“Revisionism is not just one point of view; most broadly, it is the readiness to change your views. Historical interpretation is a work of the imagination, and the best history is bound to be revisionist.”

–Robert V. Daniels

What’s so bad about revising history?

It’s a question I first thought about a few weeks ago when the Associated Press football writers re-awarded Brian Cushing the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year a second time–even after Cushing was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. “Cushing won the award in January, and I don’t feel like we should revise history,” Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. “I am concerned about the precedent.”

This is how a lot of AP voters felt; they were more worried about setting a precedent of historical revisionism than about giving out the award properly. They couldn’t change the fact that Cushing won the award initially, and they feared all the doors such a decision would open for future changes.

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Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2, Week 9 Power Rankings

“As of right now I ain’t really feeling how she’s acting towards you. It’s kind of whack to be honest…I’ve never seen a four-year-old on this show before.” —TJ Lavin


“Poor Jillian! I feel so bad pushing her down to the ground. I don’t want to do this!” —Laurel

Wow, so TJ Lavin really doesn’t like Evelyn. After calling her out for throwing a challenge back in The Ruins, Lavin called Evelyn a four-year-old last night for the tantrum she threw after losing the Exile. Not since Jim Joyce has a supposedly impartial body thrown himself so directly into a sporting event.

Not that Evelyn didn’t deserve it. After Landon managed to pull off the miraculous win by leading a barely lucid Carley across the finish line in the five extra minutes his team had at the end of last week, Evelyn went berserk. She started crying, throwing rocks, and blaming her partner Luke for the loss.* She made a German spectacle of herself, and it was pretty pathetic. Or, as TJ so eloquently put it, “kind of whack.” Continue reading

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