The Impossibly Unlikely Mathematical Pattern In The AFL Ladder
The odds of this must be a million-to-one. Maybe a billion, or even a zillion.
Whatever the statistical probability, what you need to know is that the AFL ladder is a perfect numerical palindrome at the halfway mark of the season.
A palindrome is a word or phrase or sentence that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. An example of a word is the Adelaide beachside suburb "Glenelg". A palindromic sentence is "Now sir a war is won!"
For an example of a numeric palindrome, check the AFL ladder this morning. Amazing. Geelong sits on top with 10 wins and one loss. Carlton brings up the rear with the reverse record.
This perfect symmetry continues all the way down the ladder.
Three teams have 8-3 win-loss records. Three teams also have 3-8. Two teams are 7-4 Two teams are 4-7. Three teams are 6-5. Three are 5-6.
Unless there's a draw in round one, you always have a palindromic ladder after the first round of matches in any sporting competition. The table generally goes random after that.
The odds of it being so perfectly balanced after round 11? We don't know, so we've called a mathematician and will update this story when he has crunched the numbers for us.
Meanwhile, remember Dom Sheed -- who kicked the winning goal from an acute angle in last year's AFL Grand Final?
He was up to his old tricks again as the West Coast Eagles easily accounted for the Western Bulldogs.