CHANGING THE GAME

MONEYBALL (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Billy Beane: The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game.

Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, former Major League player turned general manager of the Oakland Athletics, who hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale economics graduate, to help make a winning team on a tight budget.

Don’t you just love underdogs? With some complicated statistics, Brand was able to calculate a tangible score for each player and their odds should they perform well. It was amazing, almost like when Eduardo Saverin wrote that algorithm that helped Mark Zuckerberg create Facebook (from The Social Network). I guess complicated algorithms amaze me, or maybe I’m easily amazed. I’m not into baseball neither do I understand the game, but watching how the Athletics’ slowly ascend to the finals was nerve wrecking, and that’s not including the super exciting game at the end of the movie.

One thing I “learnt” from the movie:

Matt Keough: Ugly girl friend means no confidence.

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