As we’ve discussed elsewhere, POPS PROPS has a different number of entrants, questions and possible points each year. Therefore, adding up the total points that a player has accumulated won’t give us a complete picture of a player’s average performance. However, if we look at how close to the mean score a player typically finishes, we can learn quite a bit about their consistency and resolve.
The chart shows the average performance for the 48 (of 224) entrants who have played in a majority (at least six) of the 11 POPS PROPS.
Sara S., a six-time player, typically finishes a field-best 5.06 points above the mean.
Meanwhile, 11-time player Kevin K., buoyed by his 22-point-above-the-mean POPS PROPS X title, is a second-place 3.87 points above the mean. With a strong POPS PROPS XI, Peter W. climbed into third at 3.68. Tony Stasiek, an 11-time player and the average-distance leader after POPS PROPS IX, suffered an uncharacteristically rough POPS PROPS X and XI and now sits in fourth place at 3.23.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, nine-time player Jason S. usually finishes a field-worst 6.37 points below the mean. Eight-time player Pagan H. (-6.03) is the only other player within 3.05 points of Jason S.
Of the five players who have entered all 11 POPS PROPS, Kevin K. and Tony S. are the only two in the top 17 of our distance-from-the-mean ratings. The other three:
18. Eric Sch., 1.41
27. Kris K., 0.14
33. Spank, -0.22
The top 10 have entered an average of 8.0 POPS PROPS. Twenty-nine of the 48 (60.4%) typically finish within 2 and -2 points of the mean. Twenty-eight (58.3%) of the 48 players in the chart typically finish ahead of the mean.