The Magic Number

simplyeric

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Basically, it doesn't matter how many games Los Angeles or Milwaukee win or lose, the "magic number" stays the same - the only thing that matters is Red Sox wins. Right now there would be a corresponding Houston loss, and (hypothetically, hopefully) in the World Series a corresponding Los Angeles or Milwaukee loss (and during the World Series, one could theoretically count 8->6->4->2->0), but for right now "10" is flat-out wrong, as discussed just a few posts up from yours.
Wrong logic.
At any given point we have an opponent. By your logic, at the beginning of the ALDS the magic number would be (I think) 31: the sum of Six wins plus all ‘other advancing teams losses’.
At the end of the regular season, the magic number is Sox wins + contender losses. This year that contender was the Yankees and sometimes we were playing them and sometimes we weren’t.
In the post season the only contender is the current opponent (as you correctly state: what happens to other teams in other series is irrelevant).
But the ‘magic number’ formula is wins+losses, simultaneous or not. In the post season it’s only simultaneous.

It’s stupid, but it’s what a ‘magic number’ is.
 

simplyeric

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Well, uh, yes? I’m not sure how this is difficult to be honest.

A magic number needs someone on the other end of you want to combine wins and losses. As the opponents change by round, you can’t really do that in the playoffs. The only number that matters is 11 wins. You can call it the Unicorn number if you want, but it’s not the same thing.
Unicorn Number is awesome, actually.
The ‘magic number’ is a dual thing (wins and losses’).
In post season, the only relevant number is singular: uni-

Can we get a second on ‘Unicorn Number’ and PP should start a new thread?

Why not?