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clinging to extraneous tradition

Remind you of any other industries with massively unchecked tradition?

deadspincom:

… And that’s what made it and its ilk such a threat to the sports world’s pundit class. Statistics can’t replace good writing, but it can expose the bad, and sabermetrics represented a direct threat to the bad writers who had gotten away with being bad for far too long.

… a lot of those pundits made their money … yammering about heart and grit and all that ineffable crap that was never so ineffable that a hack couldn’t write 500 words about it for the early edition. And so they remained in the dark, stubbornly entrenched, missing out on a new way to analyze the game they were paid to follow.