NUMBERS AND STATISTICS  10:16 am October 8, 2008

That FiveThirtyEight Guy On ‘The Colbert Report’

by Sara K. Smith

Hey look who was on The Colbert Report last night — everybody’s new secret boyfriend, the esteemed baseball stats dork Nate Silver! He calls John McCain the Seattle Pilots, which is apparently funny? The point is, if this guy does not have a book deal and a standing job offer from Barack Obama by November 5, we will eat our hats. [Colbertnation]

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gjdodger October 8, 2008 at 10:20 am

Calling McCain the “Seattle Pilots” is funny in that the “Pilots” are “not with us anymore.” You would have liked them, though; their manager used to say “shitfuck” a lot.

ManchuCandidate October 8, 2008 at 10:24 am

Seattle Pilots?

Oh please. Do not piss on the team that employed Jim Bouton for one year.

If we’re using McCain as a sports team, it would be his “home” town Cardinals.

Feeble minded.
Carpetbagger from elsewhere
Glories, if any, long past.
Long past joke status.

ManchuCandidate October 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

Or “fuckshit” and pounding that Budweiser.

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

Sara has a nerd crush!

Who am I kidding? I’m crushing on little Nate the numbers guy, myself. He’s geek cute.

BeamMeUpMrSpeaker October 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

actually…i nearly spit up my drink when he called McCain the Seatlle Pilots. Baseball is America’s pasttime Sara, and if you dont like it, you can git out!

Sean O October 8, 2008 at 10:27 am

List of people my coterie has decided we’d do:
1). Tina Fey
2). Nate Silver
3). Hopey
4). Michelle

jagorev October 8, 2008 at 10:28 am

I was into fivethirtyeight before it was cool. I emailed Barry’s campaign in January telling them they need to hire this guy, stat (see what I did there?)

Spackle Camshaft Palin October 8, 2008 at 10:30 am

I think he means that Walnuts is moving to Milwaukee next year. That, or he’s gonna cut a young Lou Piniella from his campaign.

hockeymom October 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

I like Mr. Silver.
He’s the guy who was always in your dorm room, not anybody’s boyfriend in particular, but smarter than the jock you were currently dating and made you laugh WAY more than that no-good, drunken fool.

Delicious October 8, 2008 at 10:34 am

Ha! “It’s the bottom of the 9th and McCain is down two runs and Sarah Palin got picked off at 1st base.”

WadISay October 8, 2008 at 10:36 am

If McCain were a baseball team, it would be a team of like 1892-vintage re-enacters.

HuskyMescan October 8, 2008 at 10:36 am

Nate! my man. A bookie’s best friend.

HuskyMescan October 8, 2008 at 10:40 am

[re=126125]hockeymom[/re]: And before that, he’s the guy everyone paid a $1 to solve their Rubiks cube. Everyone thought he was the school geek, but had the last laugh making $30/day.

hockeymom October 8, 2008 at 10:43 am

[re=126136]HuskyMescan[/re]: rubik’s cube!

blader October 8, 2008 at 10:46 am

Nate reminds me of one of the white Freedom Riders. So innocent.

Wolf meat.

He might face a similar fate if he steers to close to today’s Palin rally, just outside of Nuremberg.

ReverendGreen October 8, 2008 at 10:56 am

[re=126128]Delicious[/re]: I would argue w/ Nate Silver w/ the claim that Palin’s contribution was so large it should have at least put her in scoring position; maybe it was at an extra-base hit where she got picked off at third because she couldn’t read the third base coach’s signals. Palin is more familiar with hockey analogies anyway, like Levi slipping one past the goalie.

Tommy Says Soooo October 8, 2008 at 10:56 am

Nate is the McLovin of politics.

BruceLee5000 October 8, 2008 at 10:58 am

Not to be a wet blanket, but shit like this, on popular national television shows (cable not withstanding) is EXACTLY what Obama supporters DON’T need right now. Anything that even slightly encourages or reassures young people (and/or African Americans) that staying home is anywhere NEAR acceptable will certainly sink us in on November 4th.

lazyb October 8, 2008 at 10:59 am

Nate is classic U of C geek. Halfway to asperger’s in his awkwardness, earnest as all hell, and fucking adorable.

BruceLee5000 October 8, 2008 at 11:00 am

that said, I’ll be spending the rest of the morning beating off over at

obfuscator October 8, 2008 at 11:02 am

[re=126131]WadISay[/re]: Much like Mr. Burns and his team of softball ringers.

franklyb October 8, 2008 at 11:17 am

[re=126151]lazyb[/re]: The guy your friend dated in college who always walked girls home at night, even when they drunkenly told him they were “fiiiiiiiiiiiine”

Dientes October 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

“A really good Chorizo”


Cape Clod October 8, 2008 at 11:32 am

[re=126114]ManchuCandidate[/re]: I get more of a Philadelphia A’s vibe from McCain.

cal October 8, 2008 at 11:36 am

All this Nate Silver geek love must stop! You people need to get dates!

And yes, he’s cute.

Nigel October 8, 2008 at 11:46 am

Seattle Pilots?! McCain better not sully the fair city of Milwaukee after he flames out next month. Then again, Bug Selig just might be silly enough to buy him.

OffTheRecord October 8, 2008 at 11:47 am

Awwww! Cute, nerdy, and democratic. I want one!

rina October 8, 2008 at 11:51 am

[re=126114]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Though, they did trade Lou Piniella in the their one and only pre-season. My great-grandpa wrote their radio jingles!

sarahconnor October 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm
Miller October 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm

McCain is barely the seventh inning hotdog/sausage races, let alone an actual, major league, baseball game. Maybe he’s a Double A affiliate that gets to scrimmage with the big club during spring training.

nutcracker October 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm

As a serious baseball geek/ex-player, let me tell you that McCain is the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Yep, go look it up. And Palin may have hit a double, but she ignored the third base coach and was thrown out by Hank Aaron from right field at third base, tag applied by Jackie Robinson.

sanantonerose October 8, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I watched Colbert for the first time in a long time. It was refreshingly funny. The Word, as usual, is the best part. Causes. Ha!

livy October 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm

He’s adorable. Reminds me a little of Michael Cera.

whatever_dc October 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm

he’s fucking hot! i would so do him! (not colbert)

whatever_dc October 8, 2008 at 12:54 pm

[re=126334]livy[/re]: i would SOOOOOOOOOOOOO do michael cera!!!

what is wrong with me???

where is my xanex???

WWJGD October 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm

[re=126241]sarahconnor[/re]: Ewww

oudemia October 8, 2008 at 1:24 pm

[re=126151]lazyb[/re]: Seriously, he’s a Maroon? No wonder I love him.

lazyb October 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm

[re=126395]oudemia[/re]: Oh yes he is a maroon. The u of c magazine had an article about him a while ago. I didn’t read it because it had too many words but he is definitely a u of c boy.

oudemia October 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

[re=126438]lazyb[/re]: Ha! I throw those away unopened. My loss! (But yeah, totally unsurprising.)

lazyb October 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm

[re=126454]oudemia[/re]: I like to read the parts where everyone lies about what fabulous lives they’re leading. I lenvision them writing their e-mails to the magazine between rounds of D and D.

AxmxZ October 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

lazyb: Yep, that’s U of C undergrad all right – adorably earnest borderline Aspies. I see it in the mirror every day, without the adorable.

AxmxZ October 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm

oudemia, lazyb: I’m told the U of C alumni mag recently ran an article titled “Is Obama too U of C?”

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