Never Tell Me the Odds…

Since there are far fewer examples of success than failure, it stands to reason that “good luck” has much more to do with winning than “bad practice” has to do with losing. Let’s use the 128 college football teams who have an opportunity to participate in the first four-team playoff this season. Only four out of the 128 get an opportunity to participate in the playoffs for a chance to be national champions. Does every one of those teams have an equal opportunity? Is every team lucky enough to be undefeated? Is everyone lucky enough to have the strength of schedule of the SEC? Can we learn anything from the other 124 teams that are left out? Yes, but we won’t likely look at them because they are unsuccessful. Nothing substitutes hard work and effort, but circumstances outside our control limit our ability to generalize the context of winners to our own.

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