Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota United fan Hannah Thone, today, announced her decision to re-enroll in college at Normandale Community College in Bloomington in order to master theoretical playoff computations for the end of the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season and upcoming inaugural Minnesota United MLS season.
"I felt it was in my best interest to try to understand how a team in 6th or 7th or 8th place can make it into the MLS Playoffs and trying to understand all this from a layperson perspective is exhausting," stated Thone to The Nutmeg News.
With the difference between teams being games played, tiebreakers, point totals, points per game and theoretical run ups featuring weaker teams but played away, the computations for making the playoffs this season are nearly absurd sending many people back to the class room to learn a new way of computing their teams playoff chances.
"I just wanted to expand my knowledge on the subject and already the class is paying off," stated Thone. "I'm already starting to see that based upon games played and statistical playoff odds that a person who is a fan of Sporting Kansas City or Real Salt Lake would need to know some advanced math in order to compute the requisite tiebreakers that show how they end up in the playoffs or how high they can climb in order to avoid a first round play-in game. It's exhausting work, but it's beneficial to my knowledge of the game of soccer."
According to Thone, some of her early class homework includes writing an essay on points per game and games in hand as it pertains to modern expressionism and Reaganomics.
"If we look at the MLS playoffs as an example of cutting taxes on corporations, how does it show points per game and win tiebreakers in terms of voodoo economics. It's very intense, but it still makes more sense than how 6th and 5th place are playing out in the Western Conference."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as Thone constructs a flowboard of all playoff chances in the MLS Western Conference with string and clipped pieces of news in her living room.