Yesterdays news that Demetri Martin is playing Paul DePodesta in the film was treated as one's of the day's biggest stories. It's a Soderbergh movie, it's got Pitt in it*. It oughta be ok. I'm tired of hearing about it everyday, but I think I understand why I have to.
Moneyball showed your dad that RBIs were subjective and that AVG was highly fallible. It turned Joe Morgan into sports blogging's equivalent of the Star Wars Kid. Mainstream recognition of the novel in 2003 validated to a larger audience the already great work being done by any number of highly talented bloggers. It was integral in getting our section of the internet out there and opening up opportunites for our best writers. But it's that connection that the book has to the internet that makes the goddamned casting updates constant RSS fodder for hemming, hawing and assorted other rending of garments.
Perhaps the weight of expectation on this movie is that it will somehow keep advanced statistics out of, or forever welcome them into, the public consciousness based on its quality. But outside of whatever people call the fictional country us sports blog denizens inhabit these days, Moneyball will be discussed like every other film adaptation ever made. Critics will like it because of Soderbergh and Pitt. People that just read the book because they're sports fans will probably think it's ok, but not as good as the book. But around the online sports cabal it's going to be dissected like a fetal pig in biology course just in case it says it says something larger about our place in culture. Which it won't. I think I'll get a waiver and sit that one out.