Zarobljenik u hrastu
- Apr 1, 2007
It doesn't matter for the binary choice of who won the match. It matters for everything else, including point spreads in gambling and as a measure of the relative performance of each team.Not necessarily on both counts. In the cases above, 94-4 indicates better achievement if one only is interested in a score. A blow out is a blow out - after some point the score differential doesn't matter.
Sorry, I was unclear. What evidence do you have that the Sacred Heart team intended to embarrass the other team?My eyes and ears - I saw what their faces and reactions and I heard what they were saying.
Even if that were true (and I think if Team A consistently beat Team B by more points than Team C beat Team B, Team A would indeed be more likely to be more skilled than Team C), that does not make playing to your utmost undesirable.A blow out is a blow out - it is foolish to think that the score differential in a blow out can be used to rank skill levels. In competition, transitivity does not logically hold - if Team A beats team B by 90 while Team C beats team B by 44 points, it does not follow that Team A is more skilled than Team C.Of course it does. A team that scores higher points is a more skilled team than one who scores lower points.Running as fast as one can in an individual sport is an expression of one's individual talent. In addition, improving one's time is a way to gauge one's progress.
Winning 94 to 4 as opposed to 54 to 10 does neither of the above.