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Monday, November 3, 2008

Questionable at Best

I have been saving this for a rainy day. Today is that day. When the Phils won the NL Pennant last month, the Phillies had their own category on ESPN's bottom line. I guess that means they are as relevant in October as Brett Favre was in June?

Anyway, this is one of the "stats" that was under the Phillies' category:

"Philadelphia: 100 combined seasons since last championship (1983 Sixers)"

How lazy are ESPN's researchers? They clearly just subtracted 1983 from 2008 and multiplied it by the number of (relevant) teams in Philly, four. Apparently, the geniuses over at the WorldWide Leader forgot that the 2004-2005 NHL season never happened. Penalizing the Flyers for failing to end the championship drought in a season that never occurred is the logical equivalent of penalizing a baseball team for failing to win a postponed game.

Here's hoping that next baseball season, when a game is rained out, ESPN's MLB Standings page counts the non-existent game as a loss for both teams.


Anonymous said...

Similarly, there was no World Series in the strike-shortened 1994 season.

Andy Musser said...

True, and the Phillies weren't mathematically eliminated at the time of the strike. 98 seasons is the real number.