Okay, so this might be a little interesting and of some importance to any Sharks supporter who is fanatical enough to believe that the Sharks has made such a turnaround that they will not only win all the rest of their games, but get at least 3 winning bonus points from those games.
Not that it is particularly fanatical to believe that the Sharks will do that in the last weeks of the super 14, they are actually being tipped to win by more and more people, but because I know that if you’re reading this article on this site, you are definitely fanatical enough to still believe that our Sharkies will make it to the Semi’s and then the Final and then take the trophy, win the lottery, find a cure for cancer, feed all the hungry and thus create world peace. It’s not that farfetched when you are a fanatical Sharks supporter, because in our eyes they are just that good.
The thing is I’m also fanatical enough, that when I have two days extra in a weekend I use those two days to prove that there is some substance behind my believe in the Sharks. I didn’t have enough time to get to world peace and that stuff, but as far as reaching the semi’s, I found prove that it is in fact plausible. As I said before, and as most of you would have noticed, there is 10 teams in this competition that is good enough to beat any of the other teams and 4 that is erratic enough to beat any of those 10 teams on any given day. Usually, as it has been pointed out by Rob, a team needs to get at least 40 points to reach the play-offs. This year though, because there are so many teams gunning for those four spots, I’d bet 37 will be the magic number, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than one team makes it into the semi’s with less than 40.
One more thing that I noticed, a very good thing, is that all of the top 5 teams still have to play 3 or more games away from home. If they lose three and we lose none, that’s a turnover worth 12 points and enough to actually give us top spot. This comment does not indicate that I am stupid enough to believe that when the Crusaders plays the W.Force away that they will definitely loose, but it doesn’t hurt the chances now does it.
So I set up this Microsoft Excel document with my prediction of wins and losses and the log for each week. If I can get it up onto the site it will support my belief in the Sharks even further. It’s kind of fun to have it on excel to, because every time a game doesn’t work out the way I predicted it I adjust it on all of my logs week by week and see how it will end up effecting the Sharks. It keeps my interest in this year’s Super 14 high, since now, every game is important for me and the Sharks.
I wish I could have added the pictures to the end of my article, but it seems that I am just not skilled enough. So for, total enjoyment please open the pictures at the end of the article now and then read the three last paragraphs as further explanation for each picture.
So, in the first table I have our fixtures listed from week 9 – 14, with an x indicating my winner for the respective games. There is some colors, but don’t worry I will explain what everything is for and I would kind of like to know if you agree with these predictions, because my whole end result log are based on these predictions.
In the second table I have all the logs as it would change week by week if my predictions came true. If my predictions is wrong, I make adjustments accordingly and see how it effects the Sharks’s chances. This week for example, the purple indicates that I made all the right predictions, with the exception of bonus points…indicated by light purple.
In my third table, I have a Wish Log, this log is the log I would like to see come week 14. For this to happen some of my predictions on my “VS Call” table has to be incorrect and the teams highlighted in yellow has to take those games.
…and that was my easter weekend, but now we all know who to root for!!! What a cool season it would be if the Sharks can sneak into a semi final spot or even win the whole tournament from here.Tweet