Numbers always interest us. Here are the basketball numbers: 14, 18, 13, 10, 6, 5, 6, 13. Here are the golf numbers: 372 and 18.
We don’t care about basketball, and particularly college basketball. In addition we think a 68 team tournament is a particularly bad way to crown a national champion.
Sidebar: when we saw the Syracuse won its first real game after winning in the first four we wondered if there was something to a momentum theory. Although we haven’t looked at it rigorously, the MLB wild card winner seems to exceed expectations. In college basketball there are 32 conference tournament winners in the NCAA tournament field. All those teams are on a winning streak. There are 16 teams left and six are conference champs. Of course it would like a much more exhaustive study to make any conclusions about momentum but it doesn’t seem like it is a big deal. End Sidebar.
The eight basketball numbers are the sum of the seeds in the eight games of the sweet sixteen. If everything went according to schedule then there would be eight fives. The maximum is 29 and there are none of those. Since there is only one five thing have not gone as the NCAA expected. We are rooting for the last six conference champs to go out so the Final Four has no conference champs competing.
The golf numbers are from Rory McIlroy. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational yesterday by shooting an eight under 64. The 372 was his drive in yards on the 511 yard par five sixteenth hole. It meant he had 123 yards to the hole for his second shot on a par five. Yes, 372 + 123 is less than 511 because he cut the corner of the hole with his impressive drive. The 18 is his score (five under) for the last six holes. Three sets of 18 would be 54 and that would be an astounding score for 18 holes. These guys are good as the PGA tagline says and Rory was amazing yesterday and especially so at the end when it counts the most.