Date: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: ARE YOU OK, RAY?
To: Bennett, Roger
The golden era has ended. But how grand and glorious it was.
This was Barça’s Triple Crown: Chelsea/Real Madrid/Chelsea. They lost every leg. They wound up as a mile and an eighth squad asked to run a mile and a quarter.
After the game I went to Joe McGinniss’s pub nearby, and he told me this, which, after 14 more pints I started to see his wisdom; “In mathematics, all deviations from the mean display a propensity to return to it. This is expressed by the following equation, in which s represents standard deviation.” Joe then chalked this up on the blackboard behind the bar…the truckers sat on either side of me gazed on…
Well, Rog, I’m going back to bed. I’ll watch the Manchester derby on Monday, and will marvel over how two teams that left Chelsea in their dust in the Premiership could have been so humiliated by European lesser lights, when Chelsea could legitimately outplay Barça over two legs.