Playing the Percentages: The Benefits of Being Irish

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, sixty percent of the British officers involved were killed.

Throughout the entirety of World War II, sixty million people were killed, comprising 2.5% of the earth’s population.

According to www.recruit757.com, 6.5% of high school players go on to play in college.

1.6% of all NCAA football players make it to the NFL. .

150 players will last four years in the NFL.

The 9 Irish players at this year’s NFL combine were the third most of any school.

After taxes, the average rookie salary is $252,000.00.

The University of Notre Dame ranks 23rd on PayScale.com’s annual ranking of Return On Investment. How they figured that out is set forth here.

ND’s NCAA GSR for football for 2012-2013, the last year for which data is available, is 94%.

Alabama’s GSR is 73%.

Oregon’s is 72%.

Michigan’s is 66%.

USC’s is 53%.

59% of U.S. soldiers landing at Omaha Beach made it through D-Day unscathed.

If you’re a betting man, where are you going to play ball?

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  • ndtex

    USC’s GSR is shocking. I wouldn’t expect it to be that low. Fight on, Troy!

    • Bayou Irish

      Oklahoma’s is 51%.

      • ndtex

        That one doesn’t shock me as much for some reason.

        I don’t know, I had this idea in my head that USC wasn’t worse than Michigan in that regard, so I’m a little surprised to say the least.

        • Bayou Irish

          I just blanche when I see percentages like that.

  • Pat

    What exactly is being analogized here? A football player graduating from USC is like a soldier surviving the landing at Omaha Beach? Okay…

    Maybe instead you should let the numbers speak for themselves.

    • Bayou Irish

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Pat. The exact comparison, if you must, is that you have a better chance of walking off of Omaha at D-Day unscathed than you do of graduating from USC. Letting the numbers from the recruit757.com piece “speak for themselves” would be a touch boring, if that’s the right word.

      • ndtex

        CLICK BAIT…wait it’s at the end of the post…shit, what’s that called?

      • Pat

        I can see it now:

        Brian Kelly: You know, kid, you have a better chance of dying in World War II than playing in the NFL.

        Recruit: I thought WWII ended in 1945?

        BK: Look. Do you want to die in some forgotten foreign war, or be immortalized on the gridiron, forever and ever?

        Recruit: Um…well…

        BK: USC? You’ll never see Paris, kid.

        Recruit announces on Twitter later that day.

        • ndtex

          Yes, we are totally advocating that BK taps into the WWII recruiting pitch. It isn’t used nearly enough these days.

          This is why kids want field turf and jumbotrons.

        • Brian McKeown

          For the love of poot, who gives a flying fruitcake what analogy Whiskey used to point out that USC and Michigan are lousy at graduating players? Get over it.

          • ndtex

            WHOA WHOA WHOA, why are we invoking Poot in any other fashion than #DammitPoot?!

          • http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/author/irishelvis/ IrishElvis

            FACT: all those soldiers who survived D-Day eventually graduated from USC #dammitpoot