Friday, January 18, 2013

For every topic there is someone who sees a conspiracy to cover up the truth.

There is a stereotype that professional baseball players are not very smart.  It may be that this stereotype exists because baseball players, unlike may athletes in other professional sports, do not have to attend college for any period of time.  It is not uncommon for baseball players to be drafted out of high school, play a few years in the minor leagues, and then join a major league team.

Some might say that Deadspin's recent story about Washington Nationals outfielder (and former Minnesota Twin) Denard Span is an example that proves the stereotype.  Mr. Span has apparently been watching videos on YouTube that make him question whether there is a conspiracy to cover up information related to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

Maybe one should not be surprised that there are people questioning the events around the shooting.  As P.T. Barnum supposedly pointed out, "there's a sucker born every minute."  The corollary to the statement is that this means there are an awful lot of suckers walking around. 

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