How often do you finish above the mean?

Kevin K. and Spank are tied at eight for most above-the-mean performances. Tim C. and Tony S. have achieved the feat seven times.

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Finishes above the mean

In a previous post, we examined our players’ PROPS consistency by taking a closer look at the average distance they typically finish from the mean. Another good measure of PROP success is how many times a player has finished above the mean.

Of our 213 unique POPS PROPS entrants, 145 (68.1 percent) have placed above the mean at least one time. Of the 68 who have yet to beat the mean, two have entered four PROPS, two have participated three times, five have played two times and 57 have only been in one PROPS. What’s that tell us? It shows us there’s parity. Given a few chances, everyone will eventually perform better than average.

Kevin K. and Spank, both 10-time players, are the only PROPS players who have finished above the mean eight times. Kevin K. usually finishes an average of 4.27 points ahead of the mean. Spank, on the other hand, typically finishes 0.47 points ahead of the mean. What’s that tell us? It tells us that while both players have found great success, their POPS PROPS pathways have been remarkably different.

Tim C. and Tony S. have finished above the mean seven times, while five players have beaten the mean six times. Three 10-time players, Brian B., Eric C. and Kris K., are split 5-5 against the mean. Jason S., 1-8 against the mean, currently holds the record for most below-mean performances.

Beyond the mean, what about top 10 finishes? Only 28 players (13.1 percent) have achieved that feat more than once. Tony S. has a POPS PROPS-best four Top 10 finishes, while Jon E., Kevin K., Kevin L., Matt F. and Mike A. have placed in the Top 10 three times. Twenty-two players have ended in the Top 10 twice, while 47 entrants have appeared in the Top 10 once.

4Tony S.
3Jon E., Kevin K., Kevin L., Matt F., Mike A.
2Aaron S., Andrew K., Aunt Sue, Ben Z., Beth C., Dan O., Eric C., Eric M., Eric P., Jeff B., Jill W., Jordan, Kris K., Kyle D., Mark P., Phil H., Rob A., Sara S., Shane D., Tim B., Tim C., Tom L.


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