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Spurious Correlation Winner Predictions Betting Website

Based on the "proven" correlation between football team mascot ranking on the food chain corresponding to their win ratio.
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Based on what could be called "the Super Bowl betting strategy the NFL doesn’t want you to know about": The team mascots positions on the food chain ranking predictor. So if the Seattle Seahawks are playing the Carolina Panthers, a panther obviously eats a seahawk, (if there were such a bird) so you’d go with the Panthers.

This of course is insane except that it’s predicted the Super Bowl winner by almost 2 to 1. 20 times the mascot with the higher food chain ranking won compared to 13 times the lower food chain ranked mascot winning. It didn't work with yesterday's Super Bowl with the Rams (goats) vs the Bengals (tigers). A ram is literally lunch for a tiger so using that predictor, the Bengals should have beat the Rams, it was just good science, but it didn't pan out.

Still, the ratio holds at 20 to 13 and it made me wonder if, using spurious correlation you could come up with other predictors for championship game outcomes. Uniform color, perceived aggressiveness of the mascot, say a pirate vs a miner (Buccaneers vs 49ers).

So to clarify, the idea is to use bad science to come up with betting strategy for championship games that would at least be interesting to watch. I posted the idea of the mascot food chain link on another site and NOBODY didn't have that in mind during the game. It sort of questions your view of the world I guess. Yes, it's BS, but you watch to see if the prediction works anyway. Even if you're hoping it doesn't, you still note the outcome.

So you'd go to this website and it might say "Teams from cities with a river going through it have won 80% of the championship games against cities that don't have rivers. Would you like to bet on the Blabbertown Doohickies to take the win?" Tell me you wouldn't at least entertain the idea, if only for a split second before slapping yourself into reality. Or maybe you wouldn't, maybe you'd go "80%? Maybe there's something to this." and lay down a couple of hundred bucks. Might learn you're more superstitious than you thought.

See link for other spurious correlations to get the idea.

doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022

Other spurious correlations to get ideas from. https://www.tylervi...urious-correlations
Check out the correlation of the age of Miss America and murders by steam and hot objects. [doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022]

Huh, they got a new Banana Slut mascot. I don't like it as much. https://en.wikipedi...a_Cruz_Banana_Slugs
[doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022]

Here's the old, better I think logo. Happily reading Plato. Big thick glasses. https://keepingscor...-cruz-banana-slugs/
[doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022]

Sea Hawk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey
aka Osprey. Could possibly mess up a panther... [neutrinos_shadow, Feb 14 2022]

Straight from the school website... https://www.evergre...nd%2C%20let's%20go.
[RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2022]

The origins... https://www.youtube...watch?v=w1KUtOQZPQE
[RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2022]

Here they are. Halfbakery_20Poems_...n_20Classic_20Poems
[doctorremulac3, Feb 15 2022]

Absolute proof that bones don't mean it's a bad idea. iPhone
Because I invented the iPhone. I really did. Totally not lying. And if I am lying... wait... no, not lying, yea, that's the ticket. [doctorremulac3, Feb 15 2022]


       //Spurrious// Did you know that ideas with misspelt titles get on average less than expected ratios of bones to buns?
pocmloc, Feb 14 2022

       As you can see I got it right all the rest of the times I spelled it on the idea so I do know how it's spelled, but yes, I type very quickly and didn't catch it.   

       Corrected, thank you.   

       Was hoping the conversation would be a little more interesting but, oh well.
doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022

       There's nothing more interesting than talking about other people's misspellings.
pocmloc, Feb 14 2022

       I know it's how I spend my weekends.
doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022

       Two words: Detroit Lions.   

       The Whittier College Poets have never had a good football season. Not sure why that would be...   

       80% of Superbowl-winning QBs have blue eyes.   

       Love the link.
RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2022

       I'm going to look up the ranking for my local university, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. Yes, that's their mascot.   

       See link, there's your data to study.   

       Weak mascots listed:   

       UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
NYU Violets
Evergreen State Geoducks (clearly ripped off from UC Santa Cruz)

       Okay, sounds like UC Santa Cruz doesn't even really bother with sports. No football team for starters.
doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022

       //sounds like UC Santa Cruz doesn't even really bother with sports//
Maybe, being a University (y'know, a place of higher learning), they focus more on the higher learning. At most universities (OK, I've only been to 2), sports are things you do in your spare time.
neutrinos_shadow, Feb 14 2022

       OMG. The Geoducks' School Song...! (apparently it's pronounced 'gooeyduck...???)   

       Go, Geoducks go,
Through the mud and the sand, let’s go.
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.

       Go, Geoducks go,
Stretch your necks when the tide is low
Siphon high, squirt it out,
swivel all about,
let it all hang out.
RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2022

       LOL! Please tell me that's their actual song.
doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022

       It is! There's a YouTube of one of their summer camp gatherings singing it.
RayfordSteele, Feb 14 2022

       Damned kids! Having fun when they should be playing sports!
doctorremulac3, Feb 14 2022

       Hmm. Thought this would get at least a bun or two.   

       I've got that Ozymandias sonnet in my head only with fishbones instead of barren sands.   

       Where's that Halfbakery version of that thing? It's around here someplace.
doctorremulac3, Feb 15 2022

       Here we go. (See link for other's versions of the classic applied to the HB)   

       WELL BAKED! (Another HB version of the sonnet Ozymandias by Percy Shelley, this one by doctorremulac3)   

       I met a baker from a far-off land who said: “Speed bumps like custard soft, my dreams of wealth, and great acclaim.”   

       Shattered though with posts of fury. Sarcastic cold like cutting blades tell this baker well what came before. For on those annos these words appear:   


       Nothing but the bones remain, of that colossal dream. Bunless and barren, into the vast and endless history files. It fades into time.
doctorremulac3, Feb 15 2022


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