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In which a cat predicts the 2013 season

Mar 29, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Normandin's cat

Marc Normandin of SB Nation has a cat. He used that cat to predict the 2013 division winners and the World Series champion.

That pretty much says it all.

The biggest takeaway: the cat picked the Royals to win the AL Central, just like Jon Paul Morosi did. Not gonna lie, though. I trust the cat’s methodology a bit more.

  1. zakharovsa - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Morosi picked someone other than the Tigers to win the AL Central? Was he kidnapped and replaced by a pod person?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      And now a real feline doesn’t like the Detroit pussy cats either. What in the name of Mark Fidrych is going on?

      • dluxxx - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Ah, but it you look at the Royals mascott, it’s a lion (king of the jungle). Albeit a lion with a funky mangled head…

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Thanks for the information.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Slugger, is obviously wearing a crown. No wonder the cat chose the Royals.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Tigers are so better than lions.

      • chumthumper - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Fidrych was a bird.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Cats love birds to death.

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    The cat picks the Mets to be a wild card. Clearly this is a creature of great foresight.

    Or, more likely, a cat.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    It’s not that unusual.

    That’s how Jimy Williams used to fill out lineup cards, and he was moderately successful in spite of his fondness for Darren Lewis.

    • drewzducks - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      You must be a Brain tree surgeon.

  4. evanwins - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    At least the cat isn’t picking with bias…more than I can say for most writers.

    • paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM


      • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Now you’re just being catty.

      • paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Everyone has biases….and compared to fans, the bias exhibited by “writers” is tiny. Dickwad up there is just bitching because other people’s biases are not lining up with his own.

        In addition, having preferences based on data, information, and experience is not bias.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Well, actually…

      • paperlions - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Fine, you are right, just like E V E R Y T H I N G is political, all opinions are biased.


      • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        You can be snarky about it, but that doesn’t make it untrue.

      • paperlions - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        No, the snark doesn’t make it untruth, the lack of veracity takes car of that.

        Bias is a particular tendency or inclination that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question; prejudice. The use of data/information/experience severely reduces the potential for bias, often eliminating it. In short, data-based opinion can be wrong, but by definition is not biased (any more the information itself is).

        Just like nothing is political unless viewed through a political lens and a political lens is not obligatory.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Opinions are by definition subjective. Arguing that you can make them objective is nonsensical. Again, you are just preferring a bias that favors data and a belief that you can know things outside of your bias. You can do that, but it does not mean that other ways of looking at it are less valid or invalid. They are just ones you do not prefer. You mistake your preference for being right.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        “You mistake your preference for being right.”
        Oooooooohhhhh. Burn Paper…burn. She just burned you.
        Granted…it was sort of a high falutin’…”sciency” sort of burn. But a burn nonetheless.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Yeah, it’s also the kind of thing you say when you have no legitimate argument to support a position. Especially an indefensible one like “everything is inherently political” and “unbiased opinion doesn’t exist” (if unbiased opinion didn’t exist, then neither would the term bias, as it would be redundant).

  5. revansrevenant - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I should try this with a goldfish. The goldfish would probably have about the same luck as I would, and it would be fun to figure out the process. Excuse me while I go find a goldfish.

  6. bigharold - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    So, a cat is showing about as much ability to prognosticate this coming baseball season as the gang at HBT. At least the cat picked the O’s for the AL East, not only didn’t any of the HBT guys but most have the O’s 4th or 5th.

    Of course the cat didn’t pick the Yankees either AND he picked the RS to get to the ACLS which leaves only one conclusion, . stupid cat.

    No wonder I’m a dog person.

  7. badintent - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Someone dial up the German Octupus from the World Cup !! Put him on Bud’s head for a lobotomy.

  8. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Cats are horrible. Why doesn’t anyone understand that they don’t like people? And don’t give me that crap about how the big ones maintain natural balance by culling the antelope, wildebeest and shudras. The NRA is perfectly capable of culling these stupid ungulates and indigents themselves. Personally, I enjoy scaring the stray ones into the middle of the street when I know the neighbors’ kids will be drag racing and I also love to watch them try to lick the giant toads in the garden. Yes, yes, I know they’re a mainstay of urban Chinese cookery but as far as I’m concerned, that just makes them foul vectors of monosodium glutamate. We have chemical mouse traps and rat poison. Do we really need cats? Why doesn’t Schroedinger’s cat just make up its mind to die and stay dead?

    Down here in Macondo, cats are also referred to as “python chow,” and more power to the pythons.

    • offseasonblues - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Cats like people worthy of their liking them. Dogs are wonderful because they don’t judge, they love their people even if their people don’t deserve that love. I have one of each, and they both root for my team because they prefer “YES!” to “Oh, [unpleasant expletive]” when I speak to the TV.

      Also, Kitty Sanchez should not be dismissed. Orange kitties have special powers, and hers might just be prediction.

      Also, for the record, I understand that there are dog people, and cat people, and dogandcat people like me, but are there really cake people?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Cat or children? Bear in mind, you cannot leave children to the pythons in this hypothetical.

      • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Oh yes you can. Joey, why don’t you go out and play in the yard, over near the canal bank?

    • buggieowens - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Odd….In the many years, I lived with my Chinese wife in cities, I have never seen her use a cat in cooking. Nor have I seen any of her many friends do the same. Perhaps you should correct your ignorance and subtle racism on that topic O.G.

      • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        What’s “subtle” about it?

      • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Damn, hit “Post Comment” too soon. Ah well.

        But to resume, while we’re calling people racists and ignoramuses, here, have a look at this:

        Whereas I don’t think it’s my problem that your wife can’t cook, when it comes to ignorance, why, that must be the mirror you’re looking at.

      • buggieowens - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        I’ll give you credit for the link and for demonstrating that a small number of people in a nation of 1.6 billion eat cats. But your statement, clearly a case of hyperbole, is still ignorant. And it is a long running racist canard in the U.S .to make claims that Chinese are using cats for cooking. To claim it is a “mainstay” is clearly an exaggeration. At least when Randy made a stupid statement, he was man enough to accept responsibility. I guess I expected too much from you.

        And my wife can can cook damn well, thank you very much.I never said she could not. But keep talking shit. I don’t think you are racist, but you made a racist statement. I know you are HBT’s Golden Calf, but you certainly make dumbass comments from time to time. Deal with it.

      • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Buddha forbid there should be a canard about cat cooking when duck is, after all, so much less stringy, speaking of canards. Okay, your denial of Sino-cat cuisine is akin to the denial of the average Birther, but let’s see if some more documentation can dislodge that stubborn refusal of yours to admit that you’re talking through your rectum:

        Or let’s try this:

        Or maybe this:

        Take careful note of this comment from the article cited: “People have more money in their pockets now, so for many these so-called delicacies have become affordable,’ said Robinson. ‘Eating cat is probably more popular in the south-east than anywhere else but increasingly we are finding that it is on the menu all over China.”

        Tell you what, clown: it’s been a persistent urban myth because it is, like it or not, a widespread practice in China and has been for a long, long time. Ergo, once you stuck your foot in the bucket with your unjustifiable accusation of “racism,” how you managed to jump so sanctimoniously from a documented reference to a documented culinary tradition – grisly though it may seem across the cultural divide – hyperbolic and chip-on-the-shoulder stupid as it was -and now are squirming to make yourself look like less of an idiot for it is your problem, not mine. Seems to me that, confronted with the evidence, it’s you who can’t admit to being both flat-out wrong and nonsensically touchy – not to mention predisposed to ramify your own ignorance into pronouncements on the state of reality, which stubbornly refuses to conform to your limited knowledge. Pity, that. It bespeaks a kneejerk reaction on your part, more than any revelation of subliminal biases on mine.

        But what of that. As long as you have to keep going out to dinner to enjoy cat foo young, your home kitchen will remain deficient in both culinary skill and provision – and of course you’ll be engorging yourself on the MSG you wouldn’t need to eat if your wife learned a few traditional recipes for cat meat herself.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      It depends on the Cat…and the person Gator. My cat is more like a dog than a cat.
      Every evening upon returning home he follows me around he house.
      Getting in my space until I sit down. Every evening.
      He fetches, comes when called, and puts his front paws on my legs while sitting on the ground…just like a dog. The big difference…he is far easier to care for than our dog.

  9. daviddmsvcp - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Is it a gay cat?

    • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      A cat would rather die than let you know it’s happy. Miserable things.

  10. janessa31888 - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I ‘m a cat person myself. My two tomcats, Diesel and Durango, are very friendly with me.

  11. Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I saw The Cat People, but I’m too shy to go into what you had to do to turn into one.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      If I goad you about this being a family site, will you change your mind on that?

      • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Are you trying to get me in trouble? I’ve been wrestling with one dimwitted angel on the head of a pin already on this thread.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Would I do that? :)

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