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Bill Buckner’s Redemption On ‘Curb’ Strikes Down Red Sox

Sep 29, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

In one of the more enjoyable articles we've read about the madness that was last night's MLB games, The New York Times' political stat man Nate Silver looks at the wild probability of all of the events leading up to last night's Red Sox and Braves collapses.

In one of the more enjoyable articles we’ve read about the madness that was last night’s MLB games, The New York Times’ political stat man Nate Silver looks at the wild probability of all of the events leading up to last night’s Red Sox and Braves’ collapses.

His explanation that doesn’t uses any baseball stats is by far the best.

*If you’re a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan but have not seen all of the episodes from this season, we suggest you stop reading now if you don’t want any spoilers.*

Silver writes:

In the episode,
“Mister Softee”, Mr. Buckner was featured prominently. Jeered by Red
Sox fans everywhere he went, he dropped a baseball autographed by Mookie
Wilson out a window. But he restored his reputation after catching a
baby dropped from a burning building.

Since the Red Sox’ curse already seemed to have been lifted after 2004,
Mr. Buckner’s redemption was superfluous: a case of two 180-degree
rotations turning the Red Sox’ karma all the way back around. From the
day that the episode aired, the Red Sox went 6-18.

Buckner strikes again!

How amazing is this graph?

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