Good morning to those of you who live near my time zone.
First, some business. I’ve seen several people say that they can’t read the comments on older articles. This is a mystery. Just click on the article you want to read and the comments are right there. I’m not sure what other people are seeing so if you’re having trouble, please explicate.
Second, I’ve taken some criticism lately so guess it needs to be reiterated on a semi-annual basis that I write all my own work, I edit all my own work, and almost exclusively research all my own work. It also means that I have opinions and this is where you stop to read those opinions and comment on them. Sometimes I’m going to be funny, sometimes I’m going to be irritating, and sometimes I’m going to be downright irascible. But the one thing you can count on is that I will always write what I like.
You may already know that, but here’s something you might not know and might not like to hear; my opinions change. The old saying is that if you don’t believe in something, you’ll fall for anything. That quote is often used to justify blind faith in some idea but what if I flip that faith and instead “believe” in evidence? In that case I might believe in something (evidence-based opinions) and still change my opinion if the evidence presented suggests that I should.
Thus, your job is easy. If you want to change my opinion, present me with evidence and an argument. I’m happy to be wrong. If you just don’t like my evidence or my opinion, fair enough, but save us all the sanctimony of your personal attacks.
And finally, I will say that the posts I put up about Arsenal’s finances received a lot of negative feedback and just a few positive comments. I take comfort in the fact that the positive comments were from people I greatly respect for their own evidence-based opinions. I also like the fact that the comments sections close automatically. It’s good for everyone to step away from those discussions and reflect on what I was saying rather than just keep hammering the same points. If you REALLY need to keep commenting on my old posts, maybe you should start your own blog. This is easy to do after all.
Right, that’s enough for today. Despite getting up at 2am to work on my By the Numbers piece on Santi Cazorla it looks like I was a day late and a dollar short as Malaga are now trying to crush rumors that they are willing to let the player go. Gah… I suppose it was always a bit of a dream or maybe they are just trying to get his price up!
Oh silly season, how I love thee.