Monday, November 23, 2015

How Unbelievable Are These Warriors Stats?

In honor of the Warriors tying the record for consecutive season-opening wins, I decided to assemble some of my favorite stats about the 2015 Dubs so far. Sure, there have been longer streaks in NBA history, and "season-opening wins" seems like it's an arbitrary record. But it's really amazing that the defending champs have come out with such a vengeance. Let's start with 15 cool stats, a nod to the length of their winning streak.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

How Important Is Making Your Own Luck?

My eighth graders took a test this morning and instead of writing "GOOD LUCK" on the board like I normally do, I went with this gem:

That's right: "I make my own luck..."-Cal, Titanic

Sunday, November 1, 2015

How Unnecessary Were Nineteenth-Century Deaths?

I recently read a New Yorker piece that deconstructed the mythical status of Henry David Thoreau in America. Aside from the fact that Thoreau was a bigger dick than the rocket ship from Austin Powers 2, the thing that stood out most from the article was the causes of death for Thoreau and his brother. His brother John died at age 27. Of tetanus. And old Henry David met his demise at 44, of tuberculosis.