Monday, February 27, 2006

This may be just a pet peeve but....

I feel really annoyed when sports columnists make projections without spending any time on getting a .500 baseline. An example today was Phil Rogers handicapping the WBC according to him the U.S., Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Japan were expected to combine for around 1.1 WBC wins. This out of 1 winner. Another example was ESPN's NFL projections. They finished 92 games off or around 3 games off per team a large reason for this is that they predicted the average team for a slightly better than 9-7 record. If I was making a 5 minute list then I wouldn't worry so much about it but these people have integrity and have editors to ensure integrity and accuracy. Shouldn't they spend that extra 10 minutes to get it close.

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