Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Surprise secret to soccer appeal

BBC NEWS (article)

American football, basketball and baseball have millions of followers, but they can't match soccer for sheer excitement, says a team of scientists.
The team decided to make unpredictability - how often a leading team is overcome by an opponent with a worse record - the best measure of how exciting a league is.

This just in: The sport of coin flipping is just declared the most exciting sport in the world. Scientists say it is because even underdogs in the sport can win 50% of the time.

What happens when scientists want to prove something? They make up ways to measure excitement, where how random a game winner is, is the scale.
How very, very stupid. (I hope these guys weren't statisticians...)

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