While I still don't think I'm wrong about this, let there be no doubt about the frequency that I'm wrong. As if it wasn't bad enough that I was eliminated from the NCAA "Calcutta Auction" I participate in during the first weekend of action, I had to get b*tch-slapped by "my favorite mogul," former AOL executive and Washington Capitals owner, Ted Leonsis.
I hadn't communicated with Ted in years before getting into a debate with him about NHL Nielsen ratings about 9 months ago. We knew we were going to launch this site and were doing a look at some sports data. I lost that debate. And since then I've now lost about four others. I'm like 0-5 with Ted in the last 9 months. Not a good track record. Ted himself has more or less pointed out to me that there is questionable merit to trusting myself, an unemployed blogger, more than him.
But as with the NHL Nielsen ratings, I thought I had him this time because it was statistics and math! Ted and I had several correspondence over whether the Washington Capitals were a .500 team. Thinking I had math on my side, I said "there's certainly a way to look at it where you're not a .500 team!" Before last night's come-from-behind road win versus Tampa the Capitals had played 77 games and had a record of 38-31-8 (wins-losses-and not ties, but overtime losses). I told Ted that if ties were neutral, they'd won 38 out of 77 games played which equals a winning percentage of less than 50%.
Ted sent me the link to this discussion and I finally figured out that all that really matters in terms of making the playoffs or anything else in the NHL is points. A win gets you two points, a loss in overtime gets you one point. Since through 77 games the maximum points available were 154, and since through 77 games the Capitals had 84 points which is more than half of the maximum points they could've he was absolutely right and I was absolutely wrong, at least when it comes to anything that really matters.
Thankfully they won last night, got the two points and kept pace with those ahead of them in the playoff chase and are now .500 by any metric, including % of games played that were won, which really doesn't matter at all. Making the playoffs does matter though, so GO CAPS!
Sometimes, when I try to use statistics to prove Ted wrong, he won't let it rest until I impale myself on the "Damn, I was wrong AGAIN" sword, so consider this my impaling. Who knows, I might be wrong about Jericho too. I know this post is sort of off-topic, but I've been told by the blogging experts that it's OK to have one or two off-topic posts a month as long as you don't make it a regular thing, and I thought some of the Jericho faithful would appreciate the public impaling!