Following Hornby

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez recorded the third perfect game of the season on Wednesday.

*Well, Frederick Exley’s “A Fan’s Notes” is as amazing in a different way.

Try explaining to Americans the denouement of the football season -- any football season, anywhere in the world -- and they will look on you with disbelief.

“Let me get this straight. Each team plays thirty-eight games, and then whoever has won the most at the end of the season wins the championship?”

“That’s right.” … 

I don’t want my children growing up in a world where refereeing mistakes have been eliminated. Kids have already spent too much time being told by broadcasters that professional sport is deadly serious, that teams and players are at war.

The 4-4 draw is a relatively modern phenomenon -- or at least, if it was a frequent score in the old days, then it was in the old old days, before even my life as a fan. … The four highest scoring games in twenty years of the Premiership have all come in the last five years.