The relationship between Beane and McDermott is really a microcosm of our relationships here at Two Bills Drive. They don't always see eye to eye, but in the end, after a thorough discussion of the issues, they come to a realization that one answer works best and they move on. No hard feelings.
For instance, @Royale with Cheese has learned that brown sugar and cinnamon Pop Tarts absolutely blow chunks. It's not a defect in his thinking, he just had to learn that frosted strawberry are much more enjoyable.
Another example, @Gugny has finally come to the realization that pizza crust is only one component of a very good pizza...you still have to have great sauce, whole milk mozz and cup and char pepperoni.
Again, @mrags drives a Ford truck. After much discussion, he's learned how the Ford product line is separated into two categories: death traps or repair shop jackpots. I don't blame him for his initial thoughts....we have discussed this at length and he finally sees his error.
There's countless instances where other members have disagreed with me on topics but they have come around to my line of thinking and the board is better for it such as @ExiledInIllinois (taking no blame for the influx of asian carp in our, once, pristine waters), @ShadyBillsFan (finally admitting his heartfelt loss over the departure of 26CP), @Cripple Creek (being fooled by a "live cam" only to admit his mistake when the mechanized bear needed to be recalibrated by a technician).
So many examples of disagreements and then a resolution based on honest discussion. We really have a great board which mimics the "give and take" of the Beane and McDermott relationship.