## Life

Behold, the FiveThirtyEight curse! It was Brazil’s World Cup to lose, and lose it did. Lionel Messi is impossible, but was anemic in the tournament’s final match, and his Argentina side took home silver.1 Nigel Richards was destined to win his sixth National Scrabble Championship this week in Buffalo, New York. He did not.

As a clear and direct causal result of my recent quantitative Richards hagiography, the Scrabble wizard from Malaysia via New Zealand struggled (relatively), going 18-13, finishing in 16th place. It was his first finish outside of the top two in a National or World Championship since 2005, and his first outside the top 10 at Nationals ever.

I’m sorry, Nigel.

### The Republican Establishment Is Waiting On The SidelinesSep 3, 2015

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