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How To Judge Teams And Conferences This Most Unusual Season

There are numerous ways to measure the relative strength of various leagues, some methods more defensible than others. Now that the 2019-20 season has evaporated is as good a time as any to take a shot at meaningful comparisons.

The eye, or smell, test, otherwise known as what the chattering class perceives, tends to override – or at least outshout — all other measures. This colors most debate.

Far more credible are the mathematically sophisticated formulas of Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin (USA Today). Like Luis Tiant’s gyrating windup as a major league pitcher from 1964-82, these analyses are mesmerizingly opaque.