Originally Posted by csm725
Why are you bringing video games into this whole ordeal? There's no relation. Average PPD is not possible. It is heavily skewed towards smaller teams.
This disrespect and lack of realization of how complicated everything is annoys me to no end. Not just directed to $ilent but to everyone in this thread that thinks they know better and that there's a single easy obvious solution that was overlooked.
Why should the small teams win, though? If OCN knocks out only 1.3 mil less PPD than EVGA but has just under 90% conversion, while HWC has half the PPDand what was it 95 percent conversion, why should HWC win? Because they got new SR-2 rigs?
Imagine that you are in a foot race with 10 clones of yourself, absolutely identical copies. That's what a handicap race tries to set up. Big, small, thin, fat, it doesn't matter - all the racers are put on a perfectly even keel (as best we know how). In other words, they're made into virtual clones of each other.
NOW, from THAT perspective, which one of you should win the foot race? Remember, there ARE NO BIG, SMALL FAST OR SLOW clones out there, just now - they're all EVEN. And just for fun, let's say you and the clones race every year. Like the CC, but on foot.
In that situation, you would want the clone that had done some extra training - and was just a bit more alert and quicker, to win the race, right?
That's why HWC should have won the CC last year. Being amongst EQUALS, (which is the whole idea behind a handicap race - to make unequals, equal), they had improved the most. That doesn't mean that they have the best team, or the most points production, or are the most service to the FAH project - those are entirely different things, and NOT a part of handicapping.
A strong team will always be "crippled" in a handicap team race. To take their strength away with some obstacle (distance, time, points, etc.), is the point of handicapping. Not too much, of course, but some. Otherwise there is no sense in having a race - the weaker team will always lose.
Which is why a trophy or award should be given for the strongest folding team in the CC. Maybe not a special bracket, because in reality, there will only be two or three teams with the strength to challenge for it, but some recognition of their tremendous effort, would be appropriate.Edited by Adak - 4/15/12 at 2:24pm