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I can understand avoiding an odd number for a game win - in the event of a draw, you get into fractions and that's just messy.

But why isn't a game win 2 points, a draw 1 point each? It's not that it makes a huge difference, but it just seems a bit odd they'd go with 4 and 2+2.

Was there ever a circumstance where premiership game points would be split up a different way that might explain this?

Just curious....

Posted by ovalball on July 30, 2008

Well, George, your picture may be gone, but I can tell you're still smokin' somethin'.Image removed.

Now that was just for fun---but I think the simple answer is that making it 4-2 increases the value of a win. 2-1 makes a win just one point more than a draw. 4-2 makes it two points.

I know there are not that many draws and in both formulas a win "doubles" a draw, but the 4-2 formula stresses the importance---and value of winning.

Posted by ovalball on July 31, 2008

---of course you have soccer where a win is 3 points and a draw 1. Better yet, rugby union, where a win is four points and a draw 2, but you get a bonus point for scoring more than four tries in a match (win or lose) or even get a bonus point if you lose by seven points or less.

Then there's baseball where a game is really a half-game------Image removed.

Aussie Rules is making more sense, huh?Image removed.

Posted by admincms on August 30, 2008

We consulted with the AFL Media office and the AFL's official historian and the verdict is:  they don't know either!  The best they can tell us is that it is a historical artifact going back many years.  :study:

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