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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Football Traffic

I was getting an unanticipated level of traffic to my football writings (that’s American football, not the FIFA or Australian versions), so I checked the same Google search that someone had as a referrer.

For some unfathomable reason, I’m the 15th result out of 800,000 when searching for chargers playoffs, and most of the sites ahead of me are commercial ticket-selling enterprises. My site comes out ahead of and even! And it’s been that way for two days now! Yet, if you enclose the search terms in quotation marks, indicating a search phrase, I get no placement out of 707 results.

Do so few people think we have a chance that my enthusiasm stands out? Nah – there are 800,000 results, although technically, all of them except mine could be saying “the Chargers don’t have a prayer of making the playoffs…”, but that idea is anathema to me, and I reject the possibility.

Just when I thought I was starting to get a basic understanding of how Google ranks its search results, little anomalies like this pop up. I was recently reading Newsweek and noticed a side comment within an article mentioning that the Google infrastucture is the most likely place for artificial intelligence to get a foothold. Is it possible that there is already something stirring within the Google servers, and that he/she/it is a Chargers fan?

Posted by Greg as Football, My Website at 06:03 PST

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