It's too late this year, but before you fill out next year's NCAA college basketball tournament brackets, it may help to heed the advice in this article from Forbes magazine. If only because writer Roger Groves draws a comparison between the statistical geniuses in ESPN's numbers department and the genius of Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. "I trust the ESPN department of statisticians," Groves writes. "To me, it is the sports equivalent to Mayo Clinic's lab staffs in the basement of Rochester, Minnesota, who work exclusively on medical issues of patients."
It's not every day that we see Mayo's laboratory staff mentioned in a sports business article, but we'll take it. Especially since we know they're much more than a bunch of scientists who spend their days staring at computer screens in a dark room deep in the bowels of Mayo Clinic. To give their work proper perspective, we thought we'd do some stats work of our own. Or at least ask the department's communication guru, Andy Tofilon, to enlighten us. "The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology supports physicians at Mayo Clinic and more than 4,000 health care organizations around the world," Tofilon tells us. Not only that, but about "75 percent of the objective data in a patient's medical record comes from the laboratory." (That's almost three-quarters, by our calculations.)
Here are a few more facts about the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology from our friend Tofilon:
Now that's what we call impressive. But, if you're still wondering what stats Forbes feels you must know for your basketball brackets, here they are, direct from the geniuses at ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" television show:
All good info to have. Until, Dayton, Harvard and Mercer come along and ruin … EVERYTHING!
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