Thursday, July 28, 2016

The World's Five Most Valuable Sports Teams 2016



I briefly researched the 'pit' imagery from the previous article (and archived posts) and did not find what I expected...

Yes, another 'dig' at a certain corporation discussed on this website over the years.

The World's Five Most Valuable Sports Teams 2016

Forbes July 13

National Football League

1. Dallas Cowboys, 4 Billion, National Football League

With the continual rise of the women's movement, the Dallas Cowgirls should also be on this list.

This reads like discrimination!

Wait a minute...

Dallas Transgender?

With the continual rise of the medical and scientific evidence of concussion injuries associated with playing in the National Football League; should the United States government mandate that the Dallas Cowboys uniforms feature an alternative logo on their uniforms showing a concussed football player?

Real Madrid

2. Real Madrid, 3.65 Billion, La Liga, UEFA

This year winning their eleventh UEFA Champions League title.

This along with Portugal winning Euro 2016, and France choking on its home soil, gave Ronaldo two championship opportunities to take his shirt off in front of millions, broadcast live.

Phoney Madrid FC had another horrible year...

Fake Madrid logo:

FC Barcelona

'Fat Real Madrid' is back...

3. Barcelona 3.55 Billion, La Liga, UEFA

Real Madrid and Barcelona are now no longer considered the 'big two' in Spain, as Atletico Madrid lost the UEFA Champions League final to Real Madrid for the second time in three years.

There is now the 'big three' and the Barcelona logo, still has that 1970s look and still needs a diet...

To be fair, it could be a pregnant looking Real Madrid an academic, I should reasonably consider more than one intellectual option.

4. New York Yankees, 3.4 Billion, Major League Baseball

New York Yankees

Okay, remember I am Canadian...

This may be a dumb intellectual question, but if the South, the Confederacy, had won the American Civil War, would the New York Yankees instead be known as the...

New York Rednecks?


New York Good Ol' Boys?

 5. Manchester United, 3.32 Billion, English Premier League, UEFA

Manchester United

New and very successful manager, José Mourinho, should vastly improve the club. The club was ranked #1 for years by Forbes, but now are only the third highest ranked European football club.

A fundamentalist Christian could opine the club is in decline because the club is called the Red Devils. Although in our politically correct Western culture, it is better than being called the Redskins.

The Washington Reds to me seems a reasonable compromise club name.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Popularity fallacy revisited

May 12, 2016: Dr RNM

I noted:

PIRIE, MADSEN (2006)(2015) How To Win Every Argument, Bloomsbury, London.

This fallacy is a particular irritant and was as well, before I was an academic. But I will attempt objectivity.


'The argumentum ad populum appeals to popular attitudes instead of presenting relevant material. In other words, it is based on prejudice. It exploits the known propensity of people to accept that which fits in comfortably with their preconceptions. The popular prejudices may or may not be justified, but the speaker who makes his case depend solely upon them is guilty of an ad populum fallacy. Pirie (165).

Further, the author explains that this fallacy can inflame passions and prejudices more appropriate to mass hysteria than to rational discourse. (165). Those that use this fallacy 'take the easy way out'. (165). Playing on the emotions of the multitude. (165). Or, trusting in that fallacious type of thinking in regard to personal preferences and convictions, as opposed to researching and asking God for truth, even if that is uncomfortable truth.

Blackburn agrees with Pirie, basically, stating that this fallacy is 'appealing to the prejudices of the people.' (24).

Mr. Matt on Monday evening in Vancouver, mentioned the need to be humble in regard to receiving teaching from senior well-known, popular, respected Christian academics.

I agree, however:

Based on years of academic research, I think there are some well-educated bloggers, pastors and other teachers that have more intellectual insights than some well-known, popular, theologians and academics, including those reviewed in my British theses work.

On some points, not on every point.

At most points, humanly speaking in finite terms, I consider myself prinarily the student and submit to the teacher (s). Of course God in Scripture is the infinite teacher.

Isaiah 48:17-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. 18 “If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your [a]well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Footnotes: Isaiah 48:18 Or peace

But there are times, with God's help, I may be placed in the teacher position and favour my own researched and reasoned views over popular ones.

Therefore, the argumentum ad populum should not be used.

BLACKBURN, SIMON (1996) Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Oxford, Oxford University Press. 

PIRIE, MADSEN (2006)(2015) How To Win Every Argument, Bloomsbury, London.


I liked these as a child...



'Popeye Cigarettes marketed using the Popeye character were sold for a while and had red tips (to look like a lit cigarette) before being renamed candy sticks and being manufactured without the red tip.'

Candy sticks Apparently still on sale in some jurisdictions.

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