Better Than Chance
004 - My first foray into fantasy curling has come and gone. I picked twenty-five of the matches correctly! Now there were forty matches available from which to choose, so I landed with a sixty-three percent winning percentage. This is statistically better than flipping a coin, which provides a point of pride. I now come armed with a little knowledge for the next round of picks, so perhaps I can do better. My chief strategy was also validated. By picking a winner for every match in Baden, I leapt ahead of a number of competitors who only picked a few. So my lessons from writing papers in high school English survive. When you do not actually know what you are doing, do it a lot.
The World Curling Tour moves to Canada this weekend as teams take to the Oakville OCT Fall Classic. I naturally assumed that “OCT” referred to the month of October. I did not really question this because a tour that begins winter sport competitions during the first week of August would have no qualms about beginning an event with October in the title during the first week of September. The aggressive capitalization of “OCT,” however, lead me to pause and do some research. It turns out that OCT is an abbreviation for the Ontario Curling Tour. Apparently, there is another tour within the World Curling Tour. This seems equivalent to have a Tour de Peyzac-le-Moustier within the Tour de France.
The Oakville OCT Fall Classic poses a new challenge for a nascent fantasy curling enthusiast. The tour hits its third continent in three events, meaning almost an entirely different group of curlers are competing. The knowledge I gained from Baden is almost useless in this setting. Oakville also holds a women’s events alongside its men’s event. This doubles the number of unknown curlers to me. I love the fact that this fantasy league does not apparently prioritize men’s curling over women’s. The result is that my ignorance of this sport and its competitors is now greater than I originally expected. I really have no idea how to approach the coed events that are coming up. Perhaps I should start a more sexist fantasy curling league.