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Wins, Losses & "Wins"

I am seeing a trend developing here based on Penn State's performance in games and the fan/media reaction to it.  I believe we need to add a new item to the traditional W/L columns for Penn State.  You will have your self-explanatory Wins and Losses, but add "Wins" (always written with quotation marks and accompanied by air quotes when brought up in conversation) - W/L/"W."

"Wins" are games where PSU finishes with more points than its opponent (so Wins) that are treated as Losses by everyone who follows or covers the program.  So for example:

Penn State fans are again calling for Jay Paterno's head after this week's "Win" at Indiana to open conference play.

This season, Penn State's adjusted record would be 2-1-2, which explains why a 4-1 winning record using the less accurate, traditional system is actually a losing record for the Lions.

In this age of sabermetrics and advanced statistical analysis, I believe it is time to move beyond the staid, time-worn methods of tracking Penn State's record to better reflect the result of each game, not just the final score.

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