We all know that sport results are non-transitive. If A beats B and B beats C does not assure that A will beat C. It might mean that A will be favored over C but the outcome is uncertain.
Today at the handball court we had a splendid example of that non-transitive nature. On Thursday nights four of us play round-robin singles ending with a game of doubles. Here are the results for the evenings top three players:
A beat B 15-1
B beat C 15-2
C beat A 15-10
There were no injuries, temper tantrums, or endurance issues that you might find in a local club. It could have been match-up problem like a lob serve but it wasn’t. It was just about momentum. You get on a roll and you need to bury your opponent because you know what can happen if you lose momentum to a capable opponent.
Relative scores in sports can be useful information but they are not definitive. We showed that again tonight.