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Stats are having an uncountable impact on our enjoyment of the game

Updated: November 19, 2012, 9:50 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Excluding adulterous generals and Justin Bieber, has there been a hotter celebrity anywhere these past two weeks than Nate Silver? From the front page of the Guardian to the digital midsection of the Times to the wry, dry centermost of the New Yorker, he is our numbers-crunching heartthrob, a matinee idol of long-horizon regression analysis. I expect him to replace Brad Pitt on behalf of Chanel No 5, smoldering on the back cover of glossy magazines from coast to coast above a cutline reading "The ...

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