Thought Train Thursday: I Live for Statistical Oddities2 min read

Thought Train Thursday: I Live for Statistical Oddities<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">2</span> min read</span>

This week’s #ThoughtTrainThursday begins with some sage advice for college graduates from Creed Bratton, a role model to us all. Elsewhere, a recent study spells good news for nosepickers, an extra-inning Cubs win leads to me to fall down a rabbit hole of obscure sports statistics, and headline-grabber extraordinaire Lavar Ball and his son are in the news yet again.

Lead With Creed 

It’s graduation season. Millions of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed college graduates will enter the job market in the coming months. If you are among them, have a better answer than this.

Score One for Booger Eaters

After this brief bit about becoming productive members of society in the real world, it’s time to reminisce about the playground days. As it turns out, the mucus in snot keeps bacteria from clinging to your chompers.


What I’d give to be back at recess just passing the time listening to kids debate booger-munching, not a care in the world. (After drafting a few iterations of that previous sentence, I came to the conclusion that there is no way to make that sound not creepy.) Also, if you don’t pick your nose with your pinky, you’re doing it wrong.

Some Seriously Stupendous Statistics 

The Cubs beat the Phillies because of a throwing error from Freddy Galvis on consecutive days. Today was the club’s 10th come-from-behind win of the season. Wade Davis STILL has a 0.00 ERA. Then there’s this.

#Cubs win 5-4 on 5/4. #5 scores the run in the 4th extra inning.

I am a huge fan of obscure statistics and odd coincidences. If you listen attentively and look hard enough they’re everywhere. In my opinion, they liven up broadcasts and highlight shows like few other segments can. Facts that nobody cared to know all of a sudden become the talk of the town before quickly being replaced by the next quirky correlation.

If I could sit down to lunch with a backroom statistician from a place like Elias Sports Bureau or FanGraphs I would have that sucker just recite interesting tidbits. I would write down a few of my favorite facts only to inevitably lose the piece of paper shortly thereafter. So it goes.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up 

Here’s an equally surprising figure: Lonzo Ball’s first signature shoe, pictured below, will cost $495 to consumers.

After sabotaging his son’s Under Armour, Nike, and Adidas meetings to promote his own Big Baller Brand, Lavar Ball dropped this bombshell. Now, I’m hardly a sneakerhead, but this is preposterous. We’ve written in the past about this family’s twisted reality, and it just keeps getting better from a content standpoint. No news is bad news for Lavar and crew, and this latest fiasco is just par for the course.


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