Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Warning: Logic Ahead

This post was brought to you by today's Constitutional law lecture and the fine Supreme Court Justices that authored the classic opinions in Hammer v Dagenhart and Railway Retirement Board v Alton.

Now, watch as I flawlessly demonstrate formalistic analysis to the following excerpt taken from a headline article on ESPN.

"It's a heartwarming story and all that, but it will be a sad day when [Bettis] leaves without that trophy," said Stevens, who said later he wasn't guaranteeing a victory but was only saying what he felt.

Assuming, for a moment, that Stevens was not guaranteeing victory. That would mean a Pittsburgh championship could still loom in the Tight End's crystal ball. Stevens, all knowing, gazes yet deeper and sees an upset Bettis departing Detroit "without that trophy." I dare say it would be an impossible result for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl and it be a "sad day" for Bettis for lack of capturing that hardware.

No victory guarantee? Reductio ad absurdum, I tell you.


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