How many people can see a story in one day without anyone looking at it? The number might surprise you!

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The strangest stats page I’ve ever seen on Medium just got much weirder. (photo by author)

If a story gets featured on Medium but no one reads it, does it make a sound?

That’s the question I’m asking myself after one of my stories got 1.3K views on Saturday without accumulating a single second of reading time.

I’m not exaggerating for effect — the relevant part of the stats page is right there. November 28, 2020: 1.3K views, 1.3K internal views, $0.00 earnings, 0 seconds of member reading time.

I’m having an extremely tough time believing those numbers, especially when it comes to this story.

Here’s the story in question. …


My eight-month trip across Michigan was originally about exercise, but it turned into something much bigger

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Autumn Sunset in Michigan (photo by the author)

On Nov. 24, as the sun dropped below Michigan’s western horizon, I found myself in two places at once.

Physically, I was walking a 2.5-mile loop around my 75-year-old neighborhood a few miles north of Detroit. It was 37 degrees, and I was being pelted by some combination of rain and snow.

Mentally, though, I was 490 miles away, hiking alongside M-28 and US-41 in the state’s Upper Peninsula. It’s been eight-and-a-half months since I’ve walked where I was really walking.


The President lost the Great Lakes State in the suburbs and on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

In the three weeks since Election Day, Donald Trump has kept up a constant stream of complaints about Michigan’s Wayne County results.

On a basic level, you can understand why. Detroit dominates the county, and as the city with the highest percentage of Black residents in the United States, it isn’t somewhere he will get many votes.

Also, as Trump’s legal team has repeatedly pointed out, more than a quarter of Detroit’s electoral precincts reported out-of-balance reports: usually resulting from a small difference between the number of voters and ballot papers.

Wayne also had the most votes of any Michigan county, posting 861,723 to beat out neighboring Oakland County’s 760,065. And yes, if you remove the county from the final tally, Trump wins Michigan by just over 175,000 votes, receiving 51.9% of the two-party vote to Biden’s 48.1%. …


How an eight-year-old broke the most cherished record in blaseball after a horrible tragedy.

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York Silk, wielding The Vibe Check, takes his place atop blaseball’s peanut mountain. (Photo by Afif Kusuma on Unsplash)

Blaseball is a magical sport possibly invented by The Game Band, although they don’t remember doing it. In a horrible year, blaseball has not only built a community of joy, but it has also created a tradition of giving.

This is a story about two of blaseball’s most beloved players — Jessica Telephone and York Silk — and their impact on its statistical history. The attached story is mine, but it is based on the original details created by the fans of the Hawaii Fridays, Dallas Steaks, Hades Tigers, Philly Pies, and the Internet Baseball League’s other teams. …


Michigan’s governor gets abuse while presiding over one of nation’s most successful COVID-19 recoveries

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Photo by SJ Objio on Unsplash

Gretchen Whitmer is taking a lot of heat for sticking with her plan to slowly reopen Michigan after COVID-19 brutalized the state in March, April, and May.

On August 4, the President criticized her for not throwing open the floodgates, while the state GOP whined about how long she has kept Michigan in a state of emergency.

Whitmer, though, has an easy defense to the criticism: success.

During the three months of meteorological summer — June, July, and August — Michigan was one of the few positive stories during America’s disastrous response to the pandemic. In that span, Whitmer’s state had 101 deaths for every million residents (DPM) and 5,149 confirmed cases per million (CCPM). …


While much of the world was getting COVID-19 under control, Trump’s desertion of duty caused more than 75,000 deaths.

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Photo by visuals on Unsplash

There’s no way to sugarcoat this — this summer, the president of the United States was at fault for tens of thousands of American deaths.

He and his enablers in the Republican Party will keep telling you that “you have to use cases”, “we have the lowest death rate in the world” and “it’s about to disappear,” but none of that’s true. In a summer filled with chaotic events, this is a story the American people need to understand.

For weeks, Trump’s basic message has been that case numbers have been inflated by excessive testing, which the fake media uses to obscure the dwindling number of deaths. …


The hapless Tigers began a new era on Monday, calling up their top three prospects in the hopes of finally producing some major-league talent.

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Late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch poses with two of Detroit’s best recent draft picks, Justin Verlander and Alex Avila. (photo by the author)

For the Detroit Tigers — baseball’s worst franchise — the future has arrived.

Al Avila needs it to be a bright one.

The Tigers general manager rolled the dice on Monday, calling up three of the franchise’s top prospects, including a pair of pitchers ranked in MLB’s top 100. Third baseman Isaac Paredes made his major-league debut that night in a loss to the White Sox and 51st-rated Tarik Skubal started on Tuesday, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk in two innings.

Wednesday, though, is the day Tigers fans have been waiting a long time to see — the debut of Casey Mize. Ranked #8 by MLB.com, Mize is expected to be the anchor of the next great Detroit rotation, joining prospects like Skubal, Matt Manning (#26 overall), and Alex Faedo. …


A tribute to the brilliance of the British satirist, humorist, scientist, philosopher, and, luckily for us, author

Terry Pratchett was a genius.

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It is turtles all the way down. (photo by author)

His presence made the world a happier place and his death from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease was a tremendous loss. In his 41 Discworld novels, he wrung every possible emotion from us, from joy and laughter to anger and indignation.

Sir Terrence David John Pratchett lived from 1948 to 2015. He was the greatest English-language satirist of his lifetime, but he was also a true Renaissance man. The Discworld books contained art, music, theatre, warfare, science, and silliness.

I don’t know of another author who could write a beloved fantasy trilogy about a man who becomes, in turn, the Postmaster General, the chairman of the Royal Mint, and the head of a railway company. …


My first game story in 145 days came on one of the weirdest afternoons (and evenings) of my career.

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The first pitch of the first seven-inning doubleheader in MLB history. (all photos by the author)

When I left Little Caesars Arena on the night of March 10, I was expecting to have a few days off.

It turned out to be 144, plus an extra 25 hours thrown in just to make it a little weirder.

Don’t get me wrong. When I drove home from the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings, I knew my world was about to change.

That afternoon, Michigan had announced its first two cases of COVID-19, leading Governor Gretchen Whitmer to immediately declare a state of emergency.

That night was also the first for the NHL’s new media regulations. Worrying we might contaminate the players, the league introduced social distancing policies. We couldn’t go into the locker rooms and we had to stay six feet away from anyone we talked to in the hallway. …

About

Dave Hogg

Freelance writer and data scientist in Metro Detroit. Covered pro sports for NHL.com and the Associated Press before COVID-19. Mentally ill and not ashamed.

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