That’s My Story, And I’m Sticking to It: The Narrative Fallacy

There is no happier place on Earth than a winning craps table.1Disneyland? Sure, a place filled with screaming children, neverending lines, and $11 pizza slices sounds like heaven to me. GTFO.

Craps is a game in which a bunch of people crowd around a table, drink adult beverages, and bet on dice. If you’re not a gambler, or have never played, this may not sound like that much fun. You’re wrong. What makes craps a uniquely good time is simple – usually, everyone playing wins and loses together.2The standard approach to craps is to play the “Pass Line,” in which a player bets on specific numbers to be rolled before a 7. Someone could choose to bet that a 7 will come out first by playing the “Don’t Pass” line, but people who do that are also the kind of people who remind teachers to assign homework, eat hardboiled eggs on airplanes, and wear a sportcoat while watching football on Thanksgiving. These people suck, and should be avoided at all costs. A good roll means money for everyone, and a bad roll means universal sadness. When things are going well, the energy builds and builds until it spills over the edges of the table. Each winning roll is met with exuberant shouting, drinks clinking, fists pumping… the air is charged electricity. The vibe at a winning craps table is as close as Joe Everyman gets to a dogpile at midfield after winning the Super Bowl.  

So you can imagine how furious I get when someone saunters up to the table and ruins it.

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Your Annual Reminder that Baseball is Needlessly Cruel

Let’s start with a story. The Dodgers and the Cubs squared off in last year’s NLCS for the right to play in the World Series. The Cubs took Game 1, making Game 2 a must-win for my hometown Dodgers. Game 2 marked another milestone in my life: this was the first time I would watch a Dodgers playoff game with my significant other.

LA pulled ahead 1-0 in the second inning, and neither team mustered a scoring threat until the seventh. A walk and an error put two Cubs on base with no outs, and the pressure was on.

It is important to clarify a key point before moving forward. I am not sane when it comes to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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