Monthly Archives: July 2009

Greatest Baseball Video Game: Baseball Stars vs. Baseball Pro vs. MVP Baseball 2005

HOWARD MEGDAL: There’s this great quote from Mary McGrory, the tremendous columnist who passed away a few years ago: “I’ve always felt a little sorry for people who didn’t work for newspapers.”
This captures exactly how I feel about anyone who hasn’t played the game Baseball Stars, created by SNK for the Nintendo back in 1989. The game broke ground in so many ways as to make it not only the finest baseball game by far to that time, but has made those that followed it merely imitators.

CHRIS NEEDHAM: Baseball videogaming peaked in the late ’90s with Sierra’s Front Page Sports: Baseball Pro. Why do dorks like us like baseball so much? It’s the numbers. Yeah, you could spend hours customizing your Butch Huskey into a finely tuned hitting machine, but I want my games to have realistic numbers… and that means I need realistic games, and realistic seasons. And where Baseball Pro took a step it further, for the first time, it meant realistic careers.

STEPHON JOHNSON: In the pantheon of baseball video games, there’s only one that can satisfy casual gamers and hardcore fans alike: MVP Baseball 2005. Continue reading

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MLB Trade Deadline Analysis

DAVE reported early on Wednesday afternoon that the Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement for 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Pending medical review, this would add last year’s 22-3 lefty to a starting rotation that is actually coming off an excellent July in which the team has compiled a 19-5 record thus far.

CHRIS PUMMER: For all the hype around Roy Halladay maybe getting dealt, this might just be a quite trade deadline. Halladay’s no lock to be traded, and most of the contenders this year don’t seem to have clear enough needs to make it worthwhile to pay the price in prospects and/or bad contracts. Continue reading

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Amazon’s Kindle Mistakes

STEVE MURPHY: Amazon had a terrific idea with the Kindle: make books as portable as music. Make a single device to buy, store and read all the books you could ever want to own. A hand-held paradise for those who like to both read and travel at the same time. But… they’re doing it wrong. They’ve taken this great idea and, with the help of publishers, tarnished it so badly it will not be easy to clean.

HOWARD MEGDAL: The Kindle does replicate the reading experience, if not build upon it. The portability of a device that allows me to feel sucked into a given work is a tremendous development. Furthermore, getting newspapers and magazines delivered straight to my Kindle has been a fantastic experience. Reading the New York Times by the pool, or Newsweek while I work out, has never been such a low-maintenance experience. Continue reading

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Labor: The New Gay, or Bailout Punching Bag?

JEFF MORROW: The culture divide of the moment is economic, rather than social. The parts of the country not lucky enough to be “Real America” may still have their sodomite inclinations, but their true horror is evoked by their leaders with another “s”-word, the dread “socialism.” This may explain the death of card check unionization. Continue reading

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Hated Words: Nice, LOL, Phlegm

ZOË RICE: As a word nerd, I get frustrated by “LOL” the same way I do by Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic.” Because no. No, you’re not. Rain on your wedding day just sucks, and if you’re writing “lol,” I’m guessing no one just heard you guffaw. But nerdy fussiness aside, overuse of what’s barely even an acronym anymore has stripped it of any meaning. You may as well be typing “Email tic to make me seem friendly and lighthearted! Wink!”

EMILY SAIDEL: One word turns my stomach, both literally and linguistically: phlegm. Continue reading

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Emmys: Where’s January Jones?

HOWARD MEGDAL: First among these shows is Mad Men, which is, to my mind, the finest program currently on television. And the 16 nominations for Mad Men seem entirely appropriate. However, I am surprised that Elisabeth Moss was nominated for best actress, while January Jones was not. This is not a slight of Moss, who is a terrific actress who does a fantastic job portraying Betty Draper. But moreover, the entirety of season 2 hinged on her acting, and she displayed tremendous emotional depth within the narrow range of outward behavior Betty’s character allows. Moss is not undeserving; Jones certainly belongs there as well.

EMILY SAIDEL: Within what categories should television shows be compared? Should actors in half-hour shows be up against actors who have the opportunity for twice the screen time? Continue reading

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The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Zeitgeist

AKIE BERMISS: I really hate writing about race. I don’t mind reading about it, I love discussing it, and I am fascinated by how it works in our day-to-day lives — but I’ve never tried to write a summation on the subject myself because, really, I hate to write about it…But there’s nothing for it! The recent arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home has brought up race in the national media once again. And now, suddenly, everybody is trying to get a handle on what it is they want to say. Or want to know. Or want to do. Well if it must be done — its best ’twere done quickly. And so…

HOWARD MEGDAL: Can’t take any issue with what Akie has written whatsoever. Race is inescapable relative to what took place between Sgt. Crowley and Mr. Gates. But I come from a different perspective, and I’d like to point out that both Barack Obama’s criticism, and the larger issues many people have with Sgt. Crowley’s act itself, would be perfectly valid had race not even been part of the equation. Continue reading

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Follow Perpetual Post on Twitter!

HOWARD MEGDAL: In this world of constantly-updated information, Twitter has become a key cog in the individual’s ability to keep up on venues of value throughout the Internet. As a result, subscribe to perpetualpost at, and you can get real-time links to all Perpetual Post articles as soon as they are published!

HOWARD MEGDAL: I resent the intrusion of Twitter into our daily lives, and am sick of people on the site providing me with succinct, self-absorbed updates on the minutiae of their daily lives. Who really cares if you are at the pool, Larry King likes corn muffins, or your mother got tear gassed by the Basiji? But this is a dog-eat-dog media world right now- and in reality, both dogs are going hungry. So here we are, people. I hope you’re happy. Continue reading

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Allen Iverson’s Legacy

STEPHON JOHNSON: Allen Iverson’s career arc marked the beginning and the end of the NBA’s connection to Hip-Hop music and culture. His image will always overshadow his greatness.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t disagree with anything Stephon said, but I just wanted to further clarify the value Iverson brought to individual teams. Keep in mind, I also loved Iverson from his first flash of national action against Arkansas as a Georgetown freshman. He’s in the pantheon of athletes I remember the first time I saw, and for good reason.

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Discourse on Pedro Martinez

JESSICA BADER: During the 2007-8 offseason, as I pondered what I expected from the Mets in the coming season almost all of my thoughts about Pedro Martinez were drenched in sunshine and optimism. To be sure, it was stats-based sunshine and optimism (look, Pedro struck out one out of every four batters he faced! And get a load of that shiny 4.57 K/BB ratio! Imagine what he’ll do when he’s not being dragged down by a .413 BABIP), but it was still thinking in best-case terms based on a sample size of all of 28 innings, ignoring such things as Pedro’s age and his history of fragility.

DAVE TOMAR:The consensus is that Pedro Martinez has struggled to be effective in recent years, and the Phillies know that they are neither bringing in a top flight pitcher nor even a sure thing at the bottom of the rotation. But the team sells $2 million in Schmitters and dollar dogs in any given month so to pay that for a Hall of Fame bound pitcher doesn’t seem unreasonable. Continue reading

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