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If you notice this week that the word "I" makes its appearance where you'd expect to see "we," that's because our friendly editor, Will Leitch, is taking some much-deserved time off. My name is Michael David Smith and I'm the first pinch hitter. If you'd like to know more about me, I write for Football Outsiders and FanHouse and Fox Sports and the New York Sun and I have the world's lamest myspace page.

I was really hoping Barbaro would pull a Billy Martin and die on Christmas Day so I'd have a lot of good material today, but God works in mysterious ways and He gave me James Brown instead. Despite the continuing existence of the horse with the heart of gold, I think we'll have plenty of fun around here. So skip returning your presents and stick with me today, and if you don't like what I have to say, don't worry: Tomorrow's guest editor is much better.