Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sam Wyche, Wrong Again

You may live in Cincinnati, not Cleveland, but if you do, you suck. Or, at least, your sports teams do. According to a Toronto Star study, the home of the Redlegs and Bengals ranks dead last of the 37 North American cities with at least two professional franchises in winning percentage since 2000.

Also, if you live in the greater Washington, DC area, you suck, too.

Finally, it occurs to me that those sneaky bastards in Toronto may be including CFL franchises in this calculation, in which case they suck, too.

23 comments:

TJ said...

Steamroller, eh?

zoltan said...

How did they do the math? They just averaged the winning percentage of each city's teams since 2009? How is this at all meaningful? A 90-win season in baseball is very good, but only a 55.5% winning percentage. That's about 9 wins in an NFL season, which isn't particularly outstanding. Can one of the math majors explain this to me?

Canada sucks.

Jerry said...

The easiest legitimate solution is to take an average of the winning percentages.

Whitney said...

They amalgamated New York/New Jersey but they broke out Los Angeles and Anaheim?

TJ said...

They're Canadian, they don't know any better, you hoser.

TJ said...

(323): how could I be having a bad time, I have the three most important things in life: Goat cheese, Xanax, and Saved By the Bell Re-runs.

TJ said...

BRUSSELS -- The Belgian bodybuilding championship has been canceled after doping officials showed up and all the competitors fled.

A doping official says bodybuilders just grabbed their gear and ran off when he came into the room.

"I have never seen anything like it and hope never to see anything like it again," doping official Hans Cooman said Monday.

Twenty bodybuilders were entered in the weekend competition.

Cooman says the sport has a history of doping "and this incident didn't do its reputation any good."

During testing of bodybuilding events last year, doping authorities of northern Belgium's Flanders region found that three-quarters of the competitors tested positive.

Shlara said...

Today's post at Cake Wrecks is especially funny.

http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

zoltan said...

What about winning percentage above or below league average?

jerome said...

Canadians should stick to hockey and beer. nothing else, eh.


Les Canadiens devraient tenir au hockey et la bière. Rien d'autre, eh.

Jerry said...

League average = 50%, except for new hockey rules, which have the possibility of 3 point games. So I guess hockey should be normalized.

zoltan said...

The average has to be 50%, doesn't it. This is why I didn't major in math.

Whitney said...

Zoltan's point, if not his math, might be valid. If all of the percentages are considered equally, it's not a great method. For example, the difference in winning percentage between the best and worst team in baseball last year was 251 points. In the NFL, it was 813 points. The Tigers could have won the World Series but been totally hamstrung by the 0-16 Lions.

Maybe ranking the winning percentages from 1 to 32 or whatever, then averaging them out?

Okay, enough of this math stuff. Teejay, say something funny.

TJ said...

Something funny.

Mark said...

Technically, you just typed "something funny", TJ.

TJ said...

I said it out loud as I typed it.

Geoff said...

Insightful point bolstered by pertinent anecdote. Self-deprecating joke.

TR said...

Breaking my new Yankee Stadium cherry. Great food, great beer selection, but brutally expensive. But I have my pregnant wife to serve as the designated driver. So I got that going for me...

rob said...

the wiz. dagger. dc stays in 35th for the forseeable future.

Mark said...

Not as much of a dagger as seeing the Clips get the #1 pick was for Blake Griffin.

Shlara said...

How about Griffin saying "he'll make the best of it"
He knows...

rob said...

mark speaking truth right there.

Mark said...

I threw up a little something to celebrate the beginning of the Conference Finals.