I made fun of Cavs fans in this morning's paper. Parts of that item, though, were cut by my merciless editor. Including "The DIFF."
Are you all familiar with "The DIFF?" It's the super-special statistic that Cavs fans are treated to on the Quicken Loans Arenas scoreboard. There's a complicated formula to figure out The DIFF: you take one team's point total, and then subtract the other team's point total. Get it? The DIFF shows you the difference. So if the game is 2-0, The DIFF is 2, and you don't have to do the math yourself.
There's actually a Quicken Loans blog, called THE DIFF, so if the goal was to increase Quicken Loans name awareness, I guess they got me. The point is, this is relevant today, because The DIFF made the comics page yesterday, inside a "Crankshaft" strip.
"They give you the difference between the two scores so you don't have to subtract it yourself," husband character says.
"Wow!" wife character says. "The end of civilization is a little closer than we thought."
Kidding aside, I disagree. Sometimes, you look at a 72-63 score real quick and it takes a second to register whether it's a 9-point or 11-point margin. Why not ease the sports fan's troubled mind? As Ivan Carter put it, "Just one less thing you've got to worry about in a complicated world."
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