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Minnesota Vikings 14-3
Carolina Panthers 13-5
Cincinnati Bengals 12-3-2
Green Bay Packers 11-7
Washington Redskins 9-8
Houston Texans 9-8
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Denver Broncos 82
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Chicago Bears 0
Cincinnati Bengals 0
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By Dennis Ranahan

Okay, everyone that can add basic numbers is taking the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

My favorite radio personality, Tom Tolbert of KNBR in San Francisco, has had a parade of football people stop by his broadcast spot on media row at the Super Bowl and seemingly without exception all have predicted a Carolina win. That goes for players, coaches, team executives and fellow broadcasters.

In the midst of this onslaught of people picking the Panthers is the consistent voice of Tolbert himself. The one-time second round draft choice of the Charlotte Hornets who played four seasons with the Golden State Warriors and before that on an Arizona team under legendary head coach Lute Olson that advanced to the final four, likes Denver in this game.

Tolbert is one of the few athletes I have met that can make a distinction between pure talent and the motivational and situational factors that more often dictate results. Many athletes and coaches, John Madden at the top of this list, disdain the thought their their performance could be governed so dramatically by anything other than their skill and game plan.

It is as if talented athletes and coaches would like to think they are immune from the human condition and instead driven by some force that they totally control. By their assessment, if they prepare well and do their job they will succeed despite any influences beyond their control. In fact, their preparation and game day performance is tied to nature just as surely as a person gets wet when walking in rain and hot on a sunny day.


Coaching Roulette
By the Numbers

Ever sit in a casino and watch the keno numbers come up?

Random. Right?

Well, random if you eliminate the mathematics involved that can reliably predict that of the top 40 numbers on the board the deviation will seldom be beyond the 10, 11 or 12 numbers to populate the top or bottom of the board. Math plays a role in that because as soon as a number is selected and located in the top or bottom of the keno board the odds shift to the next one is going to be on the opposite location.

Why?

Because if balls are randomly selected and the first one is located in the top 40 numbers then the remaining pool of balls to be selected from will have 40 chances to be between 41 and 80 and only 39 possibilities of being 40 or below. Go ahead, watch the board, and when that last number flashes the final tally will consistently split the numbers on the top and bottom.

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