NFL’s Circle of Parity in one neat graphic (2013 edition)


Cheer up, Peyton Manning. The soul-crushing loss to New England completed the Circle of Parity. (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

The best day of the year? It used to be the day the “Pro Football Record & Fact Book” came out. Sure, we knew most of the stuff in it, but the cardboard box that arrived in the midsummer heat was filled with the sweet smell of freshly published possibilities for the impending season. Then the internet killed that, so now the best day is the day the NFL Circle of Parity arrives.

It’s like Festivus in November.

The “any given Sunday-ness” of the season might arrive in Week 10, as it did last year. Or in Week 15, as it did in 2011 when the Green Bay Packers finally lost a game. It might not happen at all, if a team goes undefeated (the New England Patriots of the 2007 regular season) or winless (the Detroit Lions of 2008), but most years the brainchild of Reddit user and software engineer Lvl9LightSpell arrives.

 


(Courtesy Lvl9LightSpell)

The clincher this year was Denver’s loss to the Patriots. That’s because the Broncos’ only other loss was to Indianapolis, which, as the only team to also have beaten beat Seattle, couldn’t occupy two slots on the wheel.

H/T Lvl9LightSpell

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

sports

early-lead

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
Kelyn Soong · November 25, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.