Originally Posted by DSpivack
I'm not sure if it makes sense to calculate the magic # for a team who would not currently make the playoffs. You get weird numbers as you just cited: a magic # higher than the remaining games on the schedule.
That makes sense though, right?
\puts on plastic rimmed glasses, takes out mechanical pencil and graph paper
If there are 20 games left and Team X is 5 games up on Team Y. In its simplest form: to win, Team Y would need to win out (20 games) and Team X would have to lose (at least) 6 games. So: games remaining plus games back (or minus games ahead) plus 1.