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Fun with mascots and statistics

Hickory High, a great newer NBA site if you’re into stats, has a more light-hearted post today, looking at how closely a NBA team’s name correlates to the team’s mascot. Here was the tongue-in-cheek portion on the Pistons:

8. Detroit Pistons – Hooper the Horse – Correlation: -0.95

My understanding is that the Pistons take their name from the engine part as an homage to the relationship between the city of Detroit and General Motors. Choosing a horse as a mascot would appear to be the polar opposite, in a transportation sense, to any vehicle powered by pistons. This is a slap in the face to the American automotive industry.


  • Nov 23, 201012:39 pm
    by Lori


    Hooper stands for horsepower, as in automotive engines.

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  • Nov 23, 20106:40 pm
    by Laser


    yeah, it’s a loose interpretation of the theme, but it’s horsepower. it’s not like a damn gorilla attempting to represent the sun.

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