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Friday, October 5, 2012

5 Things to Say to People So They Stop Talking About Baseball: #realtalk

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4. "Speaking of the cardinals..."

The Cardinals' weird cousin Big Bird is also a little down on his luck. - SESAME STREET
  • Sesame Street
  • The Cardinals' weird cousin Big Bird is also a little down on his luck.

...Did you hear what Mitt Romney is trying to do to Big Bird? That slick transition might lead you to another set of social faux paus, in politics.

5. "I love the Cardinals."

The best advice? Suck it up and deal. Go Cardinals!
  • The best advice? Suck it up and deal. Go Cardinals!

Sigh. In the last two decades, my mother has offered but one piece of advice about how to talk to men: always research their "sport" and ask about "the game" (even if you have no idea what the sport is or whether it's in season). Most women's magazines will tell you much the same thing. There's not much choice here--smile, nod, and be happy for someone who's happy (or happily in extreme emotional distress during the seventh inning?)

It is sound and effective advice--much better than the alternatives I've offered if you're looking to build or maintain your friendships with diehards. We haters gonna hate, but if you're gonna be a hater who hates during playoffs maybe you should just stay inside and watch something on Netflix this month. British "Fever Pitch" is streaming...

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