Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Talking Sports...or War... or Sports.

I figured I couldn't let 2009 end without talking a little about sports or about war. So here's a quasi sports/war post. Sort of.


United States Ranked 4th.

December 4, 2008

After determining the Big-12 championship game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany the winner of World War II.

"Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their only losses came against the US and Russia; however considering their entire body of work--including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule--our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking."

Questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States the BCS commissioner stated, "the US only had two major victories-- Japan and Germany . The computer models, unlike humans, aren't influenced by head-to-head contests. They consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event."

German Chancellor Adolph Hiter said, "yes, we lost to the US , but we defeated #2 ranked France in only 6 weeks." Herr Hitler has been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn 'style points' to enhance Germany 's rankings. Hitler protested, "our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces."

The French ranking has also come under scrutiny. The BCS commented, " France had a single loss against Germany and following a preseason #1 ranking they only fell to #2."

Japan was ranked #3 with victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines .

*If you don't know what the BCS is, click here. Then go back and re-read this post--it will make more sense.

**Dedicated to my DH who cares about this sort of thing.

1 comment:

L.T. Elliot said...

I've been reading a lot about WW2 lately and I'm surprised about how much I didn't know (and ironically, how true this post is.)