The Jury Talks Back

3/18/2009

March madness

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 8:00 pm

Interesting statistics about the seeds since the tournament expanded to 16-seed regions.  Each seed has been assigned to 96 teams since 1985.

  • #1 seeds – 44% reach the Final Four.
  • #2 seeds that reach the regional finals (44 out of 96) advance at a 48% rate.
  • #3 seeds have won 3 titles — no lower seed has produced more than 1 champion
  • #4 seeds – 41% reach the Sweet 16, and 15% reach the regional final.
  • #5 seeds reach the Sweet 16 about as often as #4’s, but hardly ever go further.
  • #6 seeds that win their opening game (66) are more likely than not to win their 2nd (34).
  • #7 seeds that win their opening game (60) have a 30% chance of winning their 2nd and a 10% chance of winning their 3rd.
  • #8 seeds win 20% of 2nd round #1-#8 matchups.
  • #9 seeds win 54% of 1st round games, but winners lose 94% of 2nd round games.
  • #10 seeds produce more regional finalists than #7, #8, or #9 seeds.
  • #11 seeds have nearly as many Sweet 16 appearances (11) as #8 and #9 seeds combined (12).
  • #12 seeds that win their opening game (31) have a better than even chance of advancing further.
  • #13 seeds pull off the opening round upset 18% of the time.
  • #14 seeds get an opening round victory 16% of the time.
  • #15 seeds have 4 wins – the most recent in 2001.
  • #16 seeds have come within 2 points 3 times – a 4th #16 took its goliath to overtime.

Good luck — I hope your team wins (… unless you’re playing my team!)

It’s good that we didn’t elect Palin, huh?

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 10:51 am

From the DC Examiner

How right they were to insist that she was unfit for high office.  Let’s just imagine what she might have done:

As president, she might have caused the stock market to plunge over 2,000 points in the six weeks after she assumed office, left important posts in the Treasury unfilled for two months, been described by insiders as ‘overwhelmed’ by the office, and gone on to diss the British Prime Minister on his first state visit, giving him, as one head of state to another, a set of DVDs plucked from the aisles of Wal Mart, a tasteful gift, even if they can’t be played on a TV in Britain…

[As] Secretary of State, she might have, as the AP reported, “raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe…when she mispronounced her “EU counterparts names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s,” then gave the Russian minister a gag “reset” button, on which the word “reset” was translated incorrectly.

What a good thing that Palin, whom Christopher Buckley called “an embarrassment, and a dangerous one,” wasn’t in office to cause such debacles, and that we have Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton instead.

Indeed.  How fortunate we are.

H/T: HotAir


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