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Champs/Chumps Ratio Update, June 2018

For the uninitiated: The Champs/Chumps Ratio measures the number of member clubs of the Big 4 sports leagues that have won the league’s championship, versus those clubs that have never won the crown. A higher ratio–a higher number of clubs to win the championship–is better and reflects a more competitively balanced sport. A lower ratio is worse and indicates a league that is less competitively balanced.

This post updates the C/CR figures to reflect the latest results.

The Ratio is broken down into two categories: the all-time numbers, and a “recent” category that counts titles won since the almost-but-not-quite arbitrary date of 1976. Continue reading Champs/Chumps Ratio Update, June 2018


Sports Equation #25

Super Bowl (Foles + Guts + ‘Dogs / Brady + Patriots) = Something “Special” Indeed
Must. Go. Down. Hard.

Now would be a good time to review a little bit of what we learned from last year’s Super Bowl, when the Atlanta Falcons blew a ridiculous lead and lost to the New England Patriots.

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More getting to the quarterback is how the Eagles will fly

As noted then, the Falcons were doing the right thing, and then they stopped doing the right thing, and then they lost. And what was that right thing?

Cheating, of course. Continue reading Must. Go. Down. Hard.


There is a Hopi term, Koyaanisqatsi, that has had some cultural currency for a while now, thanks to a unique film with that name made a few decades ago. The term translates to “unbalanced life,” or, as the film’s tagline had it, “life out of balance.”

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Myles Jack and Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars: definitely NOT playing for New Mexico State

I mention this because one of our favorite sports, football, has kindly given us in recent weeks a sterling example of the difference between balance and lack thereof, in terms of the game’s competitiveness.

For one side of that coin, the NFL, its purposeful cultivation of competitive balance may turn out to be the league’s saving grace; on the other hand, college football’s decided lack of balance, while it may not spell the game’s doom, is certainly a part of what holds the whole enterprise back.

Continue reading Footballisqatsi

Patriots Game Theory

If the latest scuttlebutt about the New England Patriots is to be believed, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady or perhaps both of them are about to have their “Quo Vadis?” moment.

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Bill Belichick: Enough already?

There is a great deal of reason–for instance, reason, as opposed to madness–not to believe a word of these reports that there’s a tempest brewing in New England that has nothing to do with “bomb cyclones” or any other media-generated stupidities. This very space has speculated on when Team Floating Demon Head might see the end of its run arrive, and all that turned out to be just plain wrong–so far.

But I find myself starting to wonder if, perhaps, the writing may now in fact be on the wall, and that Belichick’s departure–not mere fall-off, but actually walking out the door–may indeed be nigh. And what convinces me of this comes from having witnessed Jimmy Garoppolo going 5-0 as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers over the last month-plus.

Let me explain. Continue reading Patriots Game Theory