I think it was supposed to be a little chuckle in the loooooooooong and boring off-season. I thought it was clever even though it may not be mathematically accurate.

On my desk is sitting a copy of a Calculus textbook by James Stewart (Mac Prof). It’s a commonly used textbook in first and second year calculus courses. There is one question which gives the sequence 1,4,7,10,… and asks for a formula for the n-th number in the sequence. The textbook expects students to find the pattern after 4 numbers, the OP found a pattern in 3 numbers. Not all that different.

I just got my first pair of prescription glasses ever and I was told I look real smart.........sadly, in reading this last post, it's obvious that perception is not reality :lol: (you totally lost me)

Technically, it could be a pattern given future developments. Of course given the Mayan calendar we may never know. I'm still hoping for a TiCat cheerleader calendar set in the Mayan ruins for next year in tribute to what might unfold.

For the dermatologists among us there is In vivo epiluminescence microscopy of pigmented skin lesions. I. Pattern analysis of pigmented skin lesions
H Pehamberger, A Steiner, K Wolff
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 17, Issue 4 , Pages 571-583, October 1987

and in education there is the ever-popular (and my favourite)

Pattern Analysis of Students' Achievement Goals
Judith L. Meecea, and Kathleen Holtb
School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
This is a study that finds that students who study because they want to learn the subject have higher levels of achievement than students who want to avoid work or who study just because they want to look good. Ain't research grand!

Yours in useless academic research while I should be grading papers!

Any pattern which can be detected in something like the championship seasons of a sports team is merely a numerical artifact. If team X won championships in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 you can see a pattern but of course you couldn't use this data to predict a championship in 2012.

As for a championship every decade, in an 8 team league, this would be expected wouldn't it? Except for the Toronto Maple Laffs of course.