Responding to Liss, Part 1April 11th, 2010 by Bill Phipps in Theoretical
"Now that we know who you are… I know who I am. I'm not a mistake! It all makes sense. In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain's going to be? He's the exact opposite of the hero, and most time's they're friends, like you and me."
- Elijah Price, Mr. Glass in the movie Unbreakable
Chris Liss defines me. Like the character Elijah Price, I now know who I am. I am the opposite of Liss. My mission in the FBB world is now clear, I am here to destroy Liss and the "genius" approach he stands for. Now, I have met Chris twice and I like him. I could see us being friends. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is my FBB antithesis and in this realm we are destined to be arch rivals.
There has been a seemingly endless debate raging in the comments section to Eric’s recent post. I have remained on the sidelines, watching while Liss puts on an impressive display of fuzzy thinking, bad analogies, and mischaracterizations. I have held my tongue, though I disagree with virtually every point he has attempted to make. However, when Liss begins suggesting that Eric is the real shark in our league, he has simply gone too far and I feel compelled to step in.I am going to embark upon a series of posts, covering several topics which have been touched upon in the comments section and in Liss’ recent article on Rotowire. I hope to expose his underestimation of math and his reluctance to think quantitatively for the nonsense that it is. Again, this is not personal. I am just playing out my part in the hero/villain dynamic. I will leave it the readers to decide which role to cast me in.