1-4: Are They Who We Thought They Were?: To me there are 4 preseason games but the first four games of the season are were you really get to evaluate the team.
5-8: Who Are the Pretenders and Contenders? By the eighth game of the season you have a good idea of the teams to watch for potentially great things and those who will be in next years follies clips.
9-12: Dunce, Genus and Murphy’s Law Twelve is a sublime number, a number that has a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number. Since there is a subset of 12's proper divisors that add up to 12 (all of them but with 4 excluded), 12 is a semiperfect number. I.E. the twelfth game is where many fans will say WFT. (BTW the riff about 12 is from Wikipedia. I am far from that deep. lol) At game 12 people begin to figure out that some teams could not get wet if you threw them in an ocean and others could make billions by taking stock tips from deranged squirrels.
Fate is not fair. Doing everything correct doesn’t guarantee victory. Adversity can be the best teammate and providence can be you worst foe. At game 12 you see the teams that have endured success and/or have thrived on misfortune that are well positioned to make a run.
13-16: Masters of Their Domains: Denial, discipline and determination helps get the best of the best to their goals. Often there are some surprises among those who are the last ones standing. If a team and fans just focus on the three D’s, the season can just fall to three other D’s. Those D’s are disillusionment, division and the worst being defeat. A 7-9 division winner and a 12-4 wild card are on equal at the 16th game. 9-7 can win the big one and 16-0 can lose it.
The teams that are having the most fun at this point are usually the favorites to win it all. The 16th game is sweet for the best because it is the end of one season and the beginning of another. They fought, sweated and bled to be at the same point they were just before game one and they love it.
Not looking past game 7 but i can't wait to see where the team stands after game 8.