Under The Sun

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Re: Bad People in Sports

Steve of STATLG-L points out that I forgot about the opportunity cost of "one more chance": someone else who doesn't get the chance that was instead given to someone who demonstrably doesn't deserve it.

To coin a phrase: oops.

I'll retreat to what should have been my main point: that the instinct toward clemency, regardless of whether it's justified, is natural and general, not contingent upon athletic prowess (or entertainment value) as the cynics suppose.

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