Saturday, February 3, 2018

Someone doesn't know how to crunch numbers

I've alluded to this in a couple of recent entries so now we'll take a closer look at the issues facing the Albany Times-Union's online proofreaders.

If you take a look at the Suburban Council standings, which aren't entirely up-to-date as some games haven't been reported, you'd see that some of the numbers are wrong. I double and triple checked, and this is what I came up with:

Suburban Council Blue division (the paper has the divisions reversed, with Troy, CBA, et al in the Blue, and Saratoga, Shenendehowa, etc., in the Gray, when it should be the other way around):

Saratoga Springs 13-1, 14-2 overall. This is correct.
Shenendehowa 12-2, 14-3.
Colonie 11-3, 13-4.
Bethlehem 10-4, 10-6.
Shaker 10-4, 12-5.
Columbia 6-8, 7-9
Guilderland 4-11, 4-13
Niskayuna 1-14, 1-15

Some non-league games are incorrectly listed as league games, which skews the numbers.

Gray Division:

CBA 12-2, 15-2.
Troy 10-4, 10-6 (the T-U has them at 9-5 in the league, which is wrong)
Mohonasen 6-8, 9-8
Schenectady 5-8, 5-9
Averill Park 3-12, 5-12
Burnt Hills 2-12, 3-13
Albany 1-14, 1-16

The records for the bookend teams in each division are correct. The teams in between are the victims of what was known in the GW Bush era as "fuzzy math". That said, Troy is two games behind CBA with three to play, but the schedule favors the Brothers. As of press time, the result of today's Troy-Middletown game had not been reported. Otherwise, that would be included.

So why the mix-ups? I'm not sure. I'd say the people assigned to input the numbers are easily confused, or are using confusion as a convienent excuse, which gets the department the dreaded Dunce Cap Award for this week. With sectionals a little more than 2 weeks away, you'd think they'd finally get a clue.

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