The other night I filled a couple of spare hours watching Kirk Jones’ 2012 ‘comedy’ “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. A ‘heartfelt’ film about a group of couples who take different stances on the challenges of impending parenthood.
Why? Good question. It was shocking. As a male I am contractually obliged to say “It didn’t have enough car chases or explosions…” but even so, I found it quite hard to enjoy. The jokes were stale, the scenes were predictable and the mega cast of actors didn’t get a real chance to perform well. Not quite what I was expecting.
Mind you, often what you come to expect, is the opposite of what the experts recommend that you should expect. I am of course, talking about Round 6 of the AFL.
Yes, for only the 4th time in the past 4 years, every backed favourite in the round won. Incredible really. The public has realized upsets are so common that a round without an underdog winning is seen as a rarity.
Much to the joy of many footy tipsters, including my desperate self, there was little surprises in the AFL’s Round 6.
Good news: I got 9/9 for weekend footy tips. Bad news: I think everyone else got 9/9 too.
— Daniel Chan (@bookshopaddict) <ahref=”https://twitter.com/bookshopaddict/status/331198504145920001″>May 6, 2013
Despite a first half scare, Essendon went on to comfortably defeat the Giants by 39 points. It was only the 4th time in the last 5 seasons that the Dons have won a match after trailing by 21 points or more at half time.
At the MCG, Geelong secured their 16th victory in 17 matches against Richmond, deflating the Tiger’s early season enthusiasm by 44 points. Milestones were celebrated by Corey Enright (250 Geel), Steve Johnson (200 Geel), Chris Knights (100 – 4 Rich/96 Adel) and Bachar Houli (50 Rich also 26 Ess).
Richmond now sit 9th on the ladder.
Carlton dominated Melbourne, defeating the Dees by 61 points on Sunday. The win marked the first time Carlton was in the top 8 under newly appointed coach, Mick Malthouse. It was also Malthouse’s 389th career victory as a League coach, passing Kevin Sheedy’s 388; both veterans trail the Collingwood’s legendary Jock McHale who had a career 467 wins between 1912 and 1949.
The following graph shows the average number of wins by the favourites in each round of the year. This year’s first 6 rounds are also included…
The only website I found with archived collections of betting odds was OddSportal.com. Its records dated back to round 13, 2009.
I know its only early, and any kind of trend that I can see is in it’s infant stages, but in recent times more favourites are winning.
In 2009 it was 50/72 or 69.4% – (only data available)
In 2010 it was 109/176 or 61.9%
In 2011 it was 142/187 or 75.9%
In 2012 it was 155/198 or 78.2%
So far in 2013 it was 41/54 or 75.9%
So take note! If you are involved in footy tipping, I would heavily recommend that you choose the favourites, and then one or two roughies each weekend.
Against the odds, everything we expected to happen, happened. What we are expected to expect, happened, and what we were expecting all along, didn’t meet our expectations.