December 31, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

It's time to get in one final complaint for 2019. For the past few days I have been listening to sports announcers and talking heads go on and on about this and that all decade team, play, player, game, and so on. Not to bust anyone's bubble, but 2019 is not the last year of the decade. The common calendar is reckoned from the year of Christ's birth, and the years since are called AD, or more recently the politically correct CE. The first year of CE was not year 0; it was year 1. Thus, 10 years elapsed, and the second decade began in the year 11. Continue the pattern for another 2000+ years, and it should follow that the next decade begins on January 1, 2021. This same mass misconception was prevalent in 1999, when so many thought that the 20th century ended in 1999. It's called the 20th century because it ended after 2,000 years, not 1,999 years.

Thus endeth the lesson.

May I use the last few hours of this year to wish all of you the very best in the coming year. May you enjoy good health, boundless happiness, prosperity suitable to satisfy your needs. May your favorite teams win, your favorite players excel, and your efforts in the pick 'em contests be rewarded. God bless you all in the new year.

posted by Howard_T at 09:03 PM on December 31

What Howard_T said!

And, Happy New Year, all !!

posted by tommytrump at 08:54 AM on January 01

I wish I had known Dr. Howard 20 years ago when I spent part of New Year's Eve backing up computers cause I was concerned about the Y2K virus.

2020 tidings extended to Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio who for reasons unknown find themselves on the verge of working for Dan Snyder.

posted by beaverboard at 10:01 AM on January 01

I understand that there was no year 0, and the 1st decade started with year 1, just like the 1st century and the 1st millennium. In the same way, the 21st century started in 2001, the 203rd decade would start in 2021. HOWEVER, a decade can be any set of 10 years, and since no one says "203rd decade," the 2020s start in 2020, because 2020 fits the pattern of years that end with twenty-something.

So in closing, a decade started today, and a decade will also start a year from now. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on January 01

No offense Howard, but... more recently the politically correct CE is not politically correct but common usage by non-Christians for a very long time.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:53 PM on January 02

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