Sunday, March 20, 2011

Odd coincidences in sports

I was cleaning out the garage today and I got to recalling an old Toronto Star headline in the sports section that read "Win, win, win" as the Raptors, Blue Jays and Maple Leafs all won games on the same day.

It got me to wondering whether it ever happens in a calendar year that the Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, FC and Argos all play on the same day - and if so, how often. Then, what would be the likelihood that all those teams win that night?

The odds seem unlikely - but it would be cool. It's still cool if only three of those teams win. I think the Jays and Leafs won on Saturday - not sure about the Raptors, but the odds are against them.

It would seem that the Jays would have to be playing in late October (like, in the World Series) to win a game at the same time as the Raps or Leafs. Or, vice versa, both the Raps and Leafs would have to be playing late in April to at the same time as the Jays.

I don't think the Argos play around these times at all - do they?

ANYHOW - this was interesting only because I noticed in the NHL western conference standings that the Pacific Division has Vancouver (1st), San Jose (3rd), Phoenix (4th), Los Angeles (5th), Dallas (6th) and Anaheim (9th).

Basically, almost the entire division has qualified for the playoffs. When's the last time that's ever happened? I would have to think it's extremely rare. And Anaheim's only one point out behind Nashville, and they have a game at hand. It's not unrealistic to think this might hapen.

That's downright amazing to think that five of eight teams will be from the same division - it's impressive when three teams qualify for the playoffs from one division, let alone ALL of them. Things must be tough down there.

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