Here is some interesting data from wildcard weekend. Well, some of you might find it interesting anyway.
First, the leaderboard. There is a clear leader.
But, many of the teams had bye players. Here’s how many bye players each team had:
So to see who made the best choices regarding players who actually were on teams that played in a wildcard game, we can look at points per player who played. Here again, we have a clear leader (but not the same one).
Last, here’s a plot of total points vs. number of bye players. Not surprisingly, it is pretty linear. If you are below the line, you did worse than average. If you are above the line, you did better. That dot with the red circle around it is Joe Roth, who had the highest score per player played in the wildcard round.
If you want to check out the data yourself, click here.
The excitement was palpable at the Sixth Annual Doughnut Party Award Ceremony and Champagne Brunch last Sunday. The assembled crowd whispered reverently as DP legends made their way across the threshold at Doughnut Party Headquarters. Former Rookies of the Year awesomeawesomawesome guacamole and Pitchfork76ers strolled in with the casual grace of elite athletes. Season 1 Champion Son of Sanford and Son (née Fattpigg) hushed the crowd as he entered the facility. TitleIXForce was seen whispering conspiratorially with mystery rookies Fit and Fine and jacobsmarley as Om-Shine cut beignets like they were underperforming wide receivers. And the food! We all have our work cut out for us in the offseason.
For those of you who missed it, here’s the award presentation by the Dr. of Footballology:
And here’s what some of the pre-ceremony preparations looked like:
Ominousunshine rises again.
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There is good news, however. Doughnut preparations are underway:
During a routine pre-game inspection the Official Football of the Doughnut Party, colloquially known as the Doughball, was found to be under-inflated. Way, way under-inflated. It was softer than a pillow.
Given the Doughnut Party Equipment Maintenance Protocols currently in effect, it is possible that the ball has been in this condition for the entire playoffs, and maybe for the whole NFL season.
What impact has this had on Doughnut Party competition? There is no way to know for sure. But fortunately the issue was discovered by league officials in time to correct it for the Superbowl. Nik B, head coach of Ominousunshine, personally re-inflated the ball to meet league specifications, to the extent that those are known or exist.
The Seahawk’s miracle comeback last Sunday was good news for one Doughnut Party team in particular.
But before we dig into the details, let’s just look at the standings. Here’s the leaderboard following the Conference Championship games:
Son of Sanford and Son is in the top spot. The Benchmark teams have fallen to the middle of the pack, proving that the DP Head Coaches are smarter that some dumb algorithm. (More about algorithms later.)
But as we have all learned through brilliant insight or painful experience, or both, points are not as important as multipliers in this league. Here’s how the multipliers look going into the Superbowl:
Once again, paulplaceholder is on top with the All-Seahawks team. He has a perfect multiplier score of 32: 8 players at 4x. Om-shine is next with 28, followed by Awkwardo at 26 and Son of Son of Sanford and Son with a 25 multiplier.
So like we did last week, let’s look at the leaderboard sorted by multiplier:
The Dr. of Footballology has devised an algorithm for predicting the final scores for each team in the league. I’m sure he’ll explain how it works in the next podcast. Suffice it to say, it is an calculation based on a team’s past performance and current multiplier, and it predicts the outcomes for the next game. Since the next game is the final game, it predicts the overall winner in this case.
Based on the Dr. of Footballology’s new algorithm, here is the predicted final leaderboard:
So that you can see what would have to happen for the predicted runner-ups to prove the Dr. wrong and take the title, here are the Conference rosters for the top 5 teams:
Here’s what the scene looked like in the Studio at Doughnut Party Headquaters during the last Podcast recording session: