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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Wharton School Versus Roger Clemens

He can take on Brian McNamee, he can throw a broken bat at Mike Piazza, he can strike out 20 in a game, he can shmooze the United States Congress, but can he and his team of advocates beat a team of four Wharton School professors?

I doubt it.

These profs just wrote an article in the New York Times challenging Team Clemens' statistical analysis that pitchers improve with age. Great scotch and fine wine might, but these profs seem to suggest that Clemens' numbers are nothing more than a fine whine. Sorry, Roger, but the same folks who taught the Wall Street types who flocked to Yankee Stadium to cheer for you are the same folks who are doing the baseball equivalent of throwing ropes around the big statue of Lenin in Red Square and pulling it to the ground to you. (To take another lesson from the history books, it isn't wise to fight a war on more than one front, either).

So what will become of the Clemens Affair? Has Brian McNamee "Lewinskyed" him by saving bloody needles? What will this demonstration about the alleged misuse of data mean?

Sorry, Roger, but these Wharton School types are pretty smart fellows.

And while the average member of the U.S. House of Representatives may not be a rocket scientist, they hire pretty smart guys to work for them, and my guess is that many of them, at least for the time being, have turned into Rocket scientists.

Stay tuned.

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