We all know I’m a nerd…

Wednesday 5th September 2012 @ 9:39 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

OKAY, so, I got to see Team USA play London Brawling and Team England on Monday. It was something approaching mind-blowing (I had to have a little lie down in the gap between bouts, it’s true). 

BUT, when Brawling actually scored more points against the USA than England did, it got me thinking, and I came to a conclusion that many people have probably already come to before me:

Final scores don’t actually mean anything. It’s the points differential that actually matters.

So I googled stuff like “TEAM USA POINTS DIFFERENTIALS” and “B&T WORLD CUP SCORES”, gave up because there was NOTHING, and the hit DNN to gather some stats because I WANTED TO KNOW, GODDAMNIT (this could be a bit of an overreaction to some fairly obvious stats, but I WANTED THE SPREADSHEET, and if you didn’t know, here’s your heads-up: I am a massive nerd for rules, stats, wheels – If it’s to do with derby and it has numbers, I will be all over that shit).

All this to say, I made a spreadsheet. 

Here are the scores for bouts that have been played against Team USA from the start of the World Cup, sorted from Highest to Lowest by Opposing Score:

As you can see, Brawling beat out England, ans Scotland come last with their hard-fought point.

Re-order it by Points Diff, though:

England jump up ahead of London, which if you saw both of those bouts, is exactly how it should be.

Interestingly Scotland actually move up of Australia, even though Australia finished 4th and Scotland came 11th. Obviously, we can’t judge final rankings from just one bout, but it does beg the question of where Scotland (and Australia) might have come had Australia been the team to take on USA in their Group round (Australia beat Scotland by a wide margin, so this shouldn’t be taken to mean that I think Scotland would have finished better than Australia, I think that the Top 4 were exactly right).

So. Long post. And boring to most people, I’m sure, but if you aren’t one of those people I’d be really interested in hearing your thoughts on final scores vs points diff for grading the quality of roller derby.

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Monday 19th September 2011 @ 3:11 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :
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Monday 22nd August 2011 @ 9:51 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

italkderby:

vandulocity:

italkderby:

deceitisstrikinggold:

Amazing skater! I was blown away.

She was incredible at this bout!

Kami is incredible all the time! I love her skating style, her attitude – everything, basically = <3 🙂

PLUS SHE LIVES ON A BOAT!

I know! It’s like, I’m sorry, how do you have time to basically be the coolest person in the world AND an amazing roller derby player? Because I can’t even do one of those things :p Also, she’s one of the only other derby girls I know of (I’m sure more of us exist) who DOESN’T DRINK! There are not enough <3s in the world for Kamikaze Kitten…

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Monday 22nd August 2011 @ 9:45 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

italkderby:

deceitisstrikinggold:

Amazing skater! I was blown away.

She was incredible at this bout!

Kami is incredible all the time! I love her skating style, her attitude – everything, basically = <3 🙂

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