For those of you who are more recent readers, you likely don’t know that in a former life I attempted to start a wrestling blog.
I happen to enjoy professional wrestling pretty tremendously, and though I could never quite find the time/energy/consistent topical flow necessary to keep a whole blog going, I still get a kick out of some of the posts I did there.
I bring this up because tonight is my absolute favorite wrestling pay-per-view of the year, the Royal Rumble, and I will be watching while catching up on some stats homework.
The Royal Rumble is named after the marquee match of the show, a 30 (sometimes 40) man battle royal. Participants enter the ring at various time intervals (normally every 60 – 120 seconds) and eliminate other contestants by throwing them over the top rope. Last man standing wins.
This setup lends itself to some of the best statistics in sports entertainment* as this webpage shows. Entrant #27 is the most likely to win (4 times) followed by #24 (3 times) and #1 and #30 (2 winners each).
Anyway, if you’re surprised by the fact that I like wrestling, and would like to know the statistical probability of me being a wrestling fan, I did a post on that here. If you’re feeling more political, here’s my take on which wrestler I think various Republican media figures would be if they had to be wrestlers.
And just for giggles, here’s the number one anti smoking PSA of all time:
Alright, less than 30 minutes til start time, I’ll let you know who wins.
*That’s what you call a sport whose outcomes are all predetermined….not fake mind you, predetermined.