The Grand National Championships

January 6, 2009

I don’t normally link other posts…

As one of the millions of people stuck in-between Irrelevant and Deadspin, I know that there are other places of more popularity where you can find these posts. But on the off chance you missed this?

Now, the natural reaction to this line of thinking, despite its temptations, is twofold. First, there’s the fact that, you know, unrestrained, indiscriminate destruction and violence is inherently wrong. But of course, the chaos side of the argument gets around that by disavowing the entire concept of right and wrong as part of those tenets you have to hold on to. Secondly is the matter, that the Joker ends up getting his ass kicked, swinging from a roof after his master plan completely failed. But think about why it failed. In the end, his failure, even in the short-term, was the result not of the caped crusaders’ punching and kicking and bataranging. It was the inability of people on the boats to push the button. The decision not to go through with the most chaotic of impulses, the disregard of those exact tenets. In reality, the tenets didn’t dictate the action, the action validated the tenets through their existence. People are inherently good because they didn’t push the button. This of course goes back to a fairly long-standing and unspeakably more complex philosophical debate than I can articulate, but that’s neither here nor there, so bear with me.

How does this relate to a mustached coach and Al Harrington? I’ll tell you.

You need to visit the Hardwood Paroxysm. You may even need to favorite it.

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