When it comes to doing competitions, especially sports one, where my knowledge is, to put it mildly, a bit limited, I tend to focus on one thing I am good at, number crunching, and go into computer mode, for want of a better term.
There are some sports it works with, that are better than others. It would never work with baseball, or the like, to be honest, because players arent machines, and with the number of games they play in a season, no chance. Thats not to say that a couple of people in the hit streak competition in the baseball havent got close to correctly forecasting 50 players getting a hit in games, but in terms of matches, and players, its a hard challenge.
So fine, I’d enjoy it (probably too much) if I was actually turned into a precise, number crunching machine, but I’ve found one sport, where even this human version can number crunch very successfully. Golf.
For whatever reason, it seems to be a sport where ‘horses for courses’ seems to work a lot. If a golfer has played well somewhere in the past, they have good memories, and a lot seem to do so again. So yes, its probably no surprise, that like 125 players on the PGA tour, I made the playoffs in a golf competition I do. Only 12 of us qualified, but then again, only about 50 take part! But yes, fine, I’m 4th after the regular season. Yes, 3 prizes in cash, so with my luck, I wont get there, but we will see. This is the first tournament of 8 in the playoffs for us.
More remarkably, the one over at CBS Sportsline has over 35,000 entrants, and yes, I’m in the top 50, comfortably, and this is the last week. So yes, in golf at least, number crunching works beautifully. Some other sports, maybe not? 😉
Now, if anyone actually wants to turn me into a genuine number crunching machine, instead of a human, let me know!
The video. Some very early Boomtown Rats, in fact, its their very first single, when they were still very punk!