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Boston Red Sox’s Dan Shaughnessy Makes Epically Bad Prediction

30 Sep

During a rain delay in a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, Boston sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy made an epically bad prediction. Full text below.

“I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. The one thing that we have eliminated tonight is that the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another day. The key to me is that they can hold on to this thing tonight, not have to play that game in Tampa tomorrow and go start in Detroit or Texas on Friday. That’s certainly the way to go especially with the way their pitching is torn up. All that sort of thing…the worst thing that could happen is you have to play that game in Tampa tomorrow, you gotta hold onto this 3-2 lead tonight but the Rays aren’t going to come back from 7-0 with an inning and a half to go.”

Unfortunately for Shaughnessy, in most cases, he would have been absolutely right. The odds against the Red Sox blowing it were so high as to make the events that actually occurred seemingly impossible. First, check out the highlights of the night.

Here’s the incredible series of events that caused the Red Sox collapse.

  1. On September 3, the Red Sox had a 9 game lead in the Wild Card race. They had a 99.6 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  2. They have a $161 million payroll (3rd highest in baseball)
  3. The Red Sox were up 3-2 against the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the 9th inning.
  4. The Rays were down 7-0 to the Yankees in the bottom of the 8th inning.
  5. The Orioles were down to their last strike, with two outs. They were facing Jonathan Papelbon, one of baseball’s most unhittable pitchers.
  6. Then, the Rays score 6 runs in the 8th inning to make the score 7-6.
  7. Orioles hitter Chris Davis doubles. Nolan Reimold then also doubles, making the score 3-3.
  8. The Rays send Dan Johnson, who is hitting just .108, to the plate with two outs. He hits a home run to tie the score at 7 and sends the games to extra innings.
  9. Orioles hitter Robert Andino gets a hit. Reimold scores and the Orioles win 4-3.
  10. This happens. Evan Longoria wins it 8-7.
To put this into perspective, let’s look at the math from Nate Silver:

The Red Sox had just a 0.3 percent chance of failing to make the playoffs on Sept. 3.

The Rays had just a 0.3 percent chance of coming back after trailing 7-0 with two innings to play.

The Red Sox had only about a 2 percent chance of losing their game against Baltimore, when the Orioles were down to their last strike.

The Rays had about a 2 percent chance of winning in the bottom of the 9th, with Johnson also down to his last strike.

The odds of all of this happening together? 1 in 278 million. 

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Bob Turner Awkwardly Sworn Into Congress

15 Sep

After shocking the political world by winning the congressional election in the heavily democratic 9th district of New York and leaving the Democrats soul-searching, Republican Bob Turner had a bit of an awkward first moment in Congress.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) introduced Turner who then took to the podium and began speaking right away.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, thank you, Congressman Rangel, thank you, Congressman King,” Turner began.

But Speaker of the House John Boehner had not officially recognized Turner and interrupted, “The gentleman, the gentleman from New York, Mr. Turner, is recognized.”

Turner paused before continuing, “Thank you Mr. Speaker … now?” There was laughter throughout the chamber. The excitment begins at the three-minute mark.

Jeffrey Schreier Has Name Misspelled on 9/11 Memorial

14 Sep

There are 2,983 names etched into the 9/11 memorial that opened in New York on Sunday. Unfortunately, one of those names was spelled incorrectly. Jeffrey Schreier was working in the mail room for Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11/2001. He, along with 657 fellow employees, died in the terrorist attacks.

His first name was spelled “Jeffery” on the memorial.

“You feel as though Jeffrey’s soul is now looking down and saying, ‘Can’t you get my name right?'” his brother-in-law David Hart said.

A memorial spokesman said, “We regret the error.”

The family hopes for a quick repair to the memorial. “It would just be a beautiful thing for us to come down there and see everything perfect and know his soul is at rest,” Hart said.

Peter Guzli Apologizes For Infamous 9/11 Tourist Photo

9 Sep

Peter Guzli climbed to the top of the World Trade Center on November 28, 1997 and had his picture taken. Then, four years later, after the horrific attacks, he decided to doctor the photo into one of the most infamous hoaxes in history.

The picture appears to show a man standing on the observation deck moments before United Flight 175 strikes the tower. A viral email sent along with the picture claimed it had been found on a camera pulled from the wreckage.

Guzli added the plane from a stock image and changed the date stamp on the picture (did I mention he’s a computer technician?). He then sent an email to friends, but created a new email address to make it appear the message had originated from a local police chief. From there, it was posted to the Internet and went viral.

“It was a private matter – I assumed my friends would recognize me and call me to see if I was alright, but they didn’t, they posted it on to other friends and suddenly it was all over the world. I am ashamed that even now the police still get calls about it, I never did it for money and I never intended to cause any harm to the real victims or their families,” he said.

The image became a full-scale meme with the wool capped man appearing in dozens of doctored other historical moments. There is a full site dedicated to the hoax.

Photos from September 10, 2001

8 Sep

For many of us, life before September 11, 2001 is hard to remember. Yet, the front pages of September 10 detail the ordinary news around the country. The first hurricane of the season, Erin, was making waves along the East Coast as she moved far out to sea. New York Jets coach Herman Edwards was under scrutiny after his team lost by 21 points in the season opener. All across America, the normal joys and disappointments of life occurred. These pictures capture some of those moments. One day later, our world changed forever.

1. An Australian man named David Officer was visiting New York with his family. They got to the top of the Empire State Building and took this picture of the World Trade Center on Sept. 10. They planned to visit the World Trade Center the following morning, but were delayed when David decided to go for a run. (ABC News)

2. Taken by a hiker on a trip, this image from Mohonk, New York was taken on the evening of Sept. 10. (Flatbush Gardener)

3. Impressed with the lovely night sky, a man decided to snap this picture from the window of his DC office building. You can see the Capitol Building in the background. (Boston Bill)

4. Over in the United Kingdom, a man stopped and photographed a train. (rowanC82)

5. This picture comes from inside an airplane that was making the transatlantic flight from London to San Francisco. (steve_l)

6. In Pittsburgh, this shot shows a business luncheon occurring on Sept. 10. (mml.stanford)

7. A beautiful lookout into the peaceful tranquility of nature. Taken near Leecher Lookout in Washington. (firephoto39)

8. Coming back from lunch, this San Francisco worker snapped a picture of the flower below. (GordReece)

9. Artist Monika Bravo was at work on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center until midnight on September 10, 2001. She took a video of the thunderstorm that hit New York that evening and created a 5 minute video from it. You can see the complete video here.

10. President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard shake hands before a meeting on Sept. 10. Prime Minister Howard would be in Washington the following day, as the attacks began to unfold.

11. This image could make your blood freeze. Hijackers Mohamed Atta (rear) and Abdulaziz al-Omari (front) were photographed by this ATM in Portland, Maine at 8:41 p.m. the night before the attacks.

Video: This was taken on September 3, 2001 by someone in town for a wedding. It’s chilling and shows what the complex was like just days before the attack.