If ESPN.com columnist Jeff Pearlman were a surgeon, he'd likely eschew the scalpel for the hacksaw. The Pearlman hacksaw was on full display Tuesday, his sights set on Detroit Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield, with a column carrying the subtle headline: "Sheffield Is One Dangerous Moron." What, exactly, does that mean?
"In major league baseball, there are morons, and then there are dangerous morons.... They are, to be kind, dim," Pearlman writes. "What makes dangerous morons dangerous, however, is not stupidity--but, rather, an uncanny inability to recognize one's own shortcomings. Unlike the moron, the dangerous moron believes he is wickedly intelligent, with volumes of fascinating musings just waiting to be dispensed."
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