suzi wrote:If you only watch casually you might think that passes/plays/shots/goals/fouls are "random," but I find that a really belittling and so incredibly tedious to find truth in.
I'll note that you didn't say you find it to be incorrect
, just belittling.
The word "random" has too much baggage and I think that's what's tripping you up here. Saying that a system is a "weighted random number generator" is not saying that there is no impact of skill, no trends, no patterns, etc. Those are all the factors/results of the weighting. Unless you think players and referees can control the weather, and everything else that might impact their performance in or outside of the game, then you need to acknowledge the element of randomness.
Yes, you're right that there's an element of randomness everywhere in life. That should be how you know he's not belittling the sports themselves: because it's true of everything. But we don't necessarily try to derive flavorful dramatic narratives from everything all the time, as though these were predictive explanations
To give you an example: When I filled in scantron tests as a kid, I would imagine that "A" and "B" answers were a villain, and "C" and "D" answers were heroes trying to fight it. Based on how the answers wound up, I had choreographed entire dramatic battles in my head, and even had a very strict and consistent set of rules for interpreting the answers.
But if you asked me how my test went, and I said "There were a lot of reversals, and the heroes held their ground initially and tried to break the villain apart with strong counters, but in the end he was just too much for them and they ultimately fell under the barrage before being eliminated by a supercharged coup de grace!" you would correctly note that this
A. Is, although based on the experience of taking the test, pretty divorced from reality as a conclusion about
B. Is not predictive at all
C. Has nothing to do with the actual test (or design, including potential beauty, of the test), and most importantly
D. Doesn't give you an idea for what actually resulted (i.e. my grade) at the end of the day, because instead of focusing on the actual weights I'm just spinning a pretty thread from the events as I see fit
Basically, I'm really sick of otherwise smart, analytical, and thoughtful people dismissing sports based on what little contact they have with them in the mainstream media.
Nothing in the comic is dismissing sports
; it's dismissing sports commentary in the mainstream media, specifically.