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Ranking the Teams -- A basis for comparing all teams TAR 1-25 (current)

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theschnauzers:
25 Races, 278 teams, 510 Racers

Here is a list of all the teams from the 25! seasons to date in order of average leg placement.

The numbers before the team name on each row shows that team's season and that team's overall order of finish in that season. The fraction is a numerator equal to the total ordinal placements from the legs that team raced in added together, divided by the number of legs that team raced. The final number is the average placement taken out to a value of one-ten thousandth. Where more than one team has the same average, a team that completed more legs is ranked ahead of a team that completed fewer legs, and then, for teams that competed for the same number of legs, a team from an earlier season is ranked ahead of a team from a later season. Finally, where there are teams from the same season, with the same average, and lasted for the same number of legs, the team that placed closer to first place is ranked ahead of the other team.

Keep in mind that in seasons 6, 7, 9, and 10, there was an überleg (which is treated as two legs for the purposes of this list), that seasons 18 and 19 had legs with pit stops that had no intervening rest period before the next leg started; that 12 teams competed in seasons 3, 4, 10, and 15, and that ten teams competed in season 8. (In season 22, David-Connor decided to withdraw after starting the fifth leg due to David’s injury in leg 2 that required immediate surgery. While they reached the pit stop before any of the teams completed the leg, they are shown as checking in last for computation purposes. In season 25, there were four teams that started the final leg, with an elimination mid-leg. The eliminated team is shown being in fourth place.)  Finally, seasons 11, 18, and 24 featured teams with returning Racers only, although in two instances, a team was composed of team members who did not compete together in their earlier season. Teams with more than one appearance are listed separately for each of their seasons.

The lines in navy blue with italics are the final three teams of each season. Teams in dark magneta are the winning teams of each season. The teams that were eliminated during the first leg are in maroon. No team from seasons 18 or 19 is in maroon, as no team was eliminated on the first leg. There is a paragraph break in the list after every tenth team.

The lower the average, the better the team placed on average. The best possible average for a team that reaches the final three (for an 12-leg race with 11 teams) and therefore, completes the Race would be:
(1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1)  12/12= 1.0000.
The worse possible average for a team that reaches the final three (for an 12-leg race with 11 teams) would be:
(11+11+10+10+9+8+7+6+5+4+3+3) 87/12=7.2500.

(I used 12 legs, 11 teams as the most common variation in describing the highest and lowest values. This will vary slightly, depending on the designations of some legs as either NELs or an überleg in the Race design, and for the number of teams (10 to 12) and number of legs (11 to13) for any given season.)

I plan to update this list after every season using this first post.


09-02 Eric-Jeremy      22/13   1.6923
20-01 Rachel-Dave         22/12   1.8333
15-01 Meghan-Cheyne      24/12   2.0000
24-01 Dave - Connor         26/12   2.1666
14-01 Tammy-Victor         27/12   2.2500
20-02 Art-J.J.         27/12   2.2500
07-02 Rob-Amber          30/13   2.3076
01-02 Frank-Margarita      31/13   2.3846
06-02 Kris-Jon           31/13   2.3846
10-01Tyler-James          31/13   2.3846
10
22-01 Bates-Anthony      29/12   2.4166
13-01 Nick-Starr         27/11   2.4545
01-01 Rob-Brennan         32/13   2.4615
05-02 Colin-Christie         32/13   2.4615
09-01 BJ-Tyler         32/13   2.4615
02-02 Tara-Wil         33/13   2.5384
16-02 Jet-Cord         31/12   2.5833
23-03 Nicole-Travis       31/12   2.5833
25-02 Misti & Jim       31/12   2.5833
13-02 Ken-Tina         29/11   2.6363
20
19-04 Andy-Tommy          29/11   2.6363
11-04 Oswald-Danny         32/12   2.6666
03-01 Flo-Zach         35/13   2.6923
03-03 Ken-Gerard         35/13   2.6923
14-03 Margie-Luke         33/12   2.7500
11-08 Rob-Amber           11/4   2.7500
01-03 Joe-Bill         36/13   2.7692
21-05 Abbie-Ryan      25/9    2.7777
24-05 Jet-Cord         28/10   2.8000
08-01 Linz            31/11   2.8181
30
08-01 19-01 Ernie-Cindy          34/12   2.8333
25-03   Adam & Bethany       34/12   2.8333
23-01   Jason-Amy       35/12    2.9166
06-04 Hayden-Aaron         35/12   2.9166
11-02 Dustin-Kandice        38/13   2.9230
07-03 Ron-Kelly          39/13   3.0000
10-02 Rob-Kimberly         39/13   3.0000
12-06 Azaria-Hendekea         18/6   3.0000
17-03 Jill-Thomas            6/12   3.0000
22-08 David-Connor      15/5   3.0000
40
04-01 Reichen-Chip         40/13   3.0769
17-01 Nat-Kat            37/12   3.0833
03-04 Derek-Drew         34/11   3.0909
15-04 Flight Time-Big Easy      34/11   3.0909
13-04 Toni-Dallas         31/10   3.1000
25-05 Kym & Alli       28/9   3.1111
07-01 Uchenna-Joyce      41/13   3.1538
15-02 Sam-Dan         38/12   3.1666
10-04 Dustin-Kandice         38/12    3.1666
10-07 Peter-Sarah         19/6   3.1666
50
17-02 Brook-Claire      38/12   3.1666
21-03 Trey-Lexi         38/12    3.1666
12-01 Rachel-TK          35/11   3.1818
08-02 Bransen            35/11   3.1818
13-05 Terence-Sarah         26/8   3.2500
18-03 Gary-Malloy      9/12   3.2500
08-03 Weaver         36/11   3.2727
21-04 Nadiya-Natalie      36/11    3.2727
05-03 Brandon-Nicole         43/13   3.3076
18-01 Kisha-Jen         40/12   3.3333
60
20-03 Brendon-Rachel      41/12   3.4166
01-04 Kevin-Drew            37/11   3.3636
16-06 Steve-Allison            27/8    3.3750
02-01 Chris-Alex         44/13   3.3846
05-01 Chip-Kim         44/13   3.3846
23-02 Tim-Marie          41/12   3.4166
12-02 Ronald-Christina       38/11   3.4545
18-04 Zev-Justin             38/11   3.4545
06-01 Freddy-Kendra      45/13   3.4615
06-06 Jonathan-Victoria             32/9   3.5555
70
14-06 Mel-Mike                25/7   3.5714
19-02 Jeremy - Sandy       43/12   3.5833
21-02 Jaymes-James      43/12   3.5833
11-01 Eric-Danielle          47/13   3.6153
12-05 Kynt-Vyxsin         29/8   3.6250
04-05 Millie-Chuck         33/9   3.6666
02-03 Blake-Paige      48/13   3.6923
08-04 Godlewski            37/10   3.7000
12-04 Jennifer-Nathan         37/10   3.7000   
05-06 Charla-Mirna         26/7   3.7142
80
04-04 Jon-Al            41/11   3.7272
24-04 Leo - Jamal         41/11   3.7272
18-02 Flight Time-Big Easy   45/12   3.7500
22-09 Jessica-John         15/4   3.7500
24-03 Brendon - Rachel   45/12   3.7500
09-04 Joseph-Monica         42/11   3.8181
23-04 Leo-Jamal          42/11   3.8181
04-02 Kelly-Jon         50/13   3.8461
02-05 Gary-Dave            35/9   3.8888[color]
14-02 Cara-Jaime         47/12   3.9166
90
04-03 David-Jeff         52/13   4.0000
16-05 Carol-Brandy         36/9    4.0000
02-04 Oswald-Danny         44/11   4.0000
25-04 Brooke & Robbie          49/12   4.0833
07-05 Lynn-Alex             37/9   4.1111
08-05 Paolo            33/8   4.1250
21-06 James-Abba         33/8    4.1250
02-06 Mary-Peach         29/7   4.1428
22-07 Pam-Winnie         29/7   4.1428
11-03 Charla-Mirna        54/13   4.1538
100
05-04 Linda-Karen         50/12   4.1666
12-03 Nicolas-Donald      46/11   4.1818
15-05 Gary-Matt            38/9   4.2222
09-03 Ray-Yolanda      55/13   4.2307
02-08 Shola-Doyin         17/4   4.2500
15-03 Brian-Ericka      51/12   4.2500
22-02 Max-Katie      51/12   4.2500
24-02 Caroline - Jennifer      51/12   4.2500
14-04 Kisha-Jen            47/11   4.2727
19-07 Justin -Jennifer          30/7   4.2850
110
16-01 Jordan-Daniel      52/12   4.3333   
16-03 Brent-Caite          52/12   4.3333   
11-05 Uchenna/Joyce          39/9   4.3333
22-03 Mona-Beth      52/12   4.3333
16-04 Louie-Michael         48/11   4.3636
19-06 Laurence-Zac          35/8   4.3750
16-08 Joseph-Heidi          22/5    4.4000
19-03 Amani-Marcus       54/12   4.5000
25-01   Amy & Maya       54/12   4.5000
14-08 Amanda-Kris         18/4   4.5000
120
03-02 Teri-Ian         59/13   4.5384
18-06 Jet-Cord            41/9   4.5555
21-01 Josh-Brent         55/12    4.5833
06-05 Lori-Bolo            46/10   4.6000
10-05 Erwin-Godwin         46/10    4.6000
20-05 Mark-Bopper         46/10   4.6000
17-06 Gary-Malloy         37/8   4.6250
10-09 Duke-Lauren         14/3   4.6666
23-09 Chester-Ephraim          14/3   4.6666   
06-03 Adam-Rebecca      61/13   4.6923
130
22-05 Joey-Meghan         47/10   4.7000
07-06 Brian-Greg          33/7   4.7142
09-06 Lake-Michelle         33/7   4.7142
08-07 Schroeder            19/4   4.7500
17-09 Connor-Jonathan         19/4   4.7500
03-05 John Vito-Jill         48/10   4.8000
11-07 Teri-Ian              29/6   4.8333
25-06 Tim & Te Jay          39/8   4.8750
09-05 Fran-Barry            44/9   4.8888
22-04 Caroline-Jennifer         54/11   4.9090
140
10-03 Lyn-Karlyn         65/13   5.0000
07-07 Ray-Deanna          30/6   5.0000
04-09 Steve-Josh         20/4   5.0000
01-09 Pat-Brenda         15/3   5.0000
13-09 Mark-Bill            15/3   5.0000
24-08 Margie-Luke         25/5   5.0000
17-05 Chad-Stephanie         46/9   5.1111
13-06 Kelly-Christy         36/7    5.1428
03-07 Aaron-Arianne         31/6   5.1666
13-03 Andrew-Dan      57/11   5.1818   
150
14-05 Mark-Michael         47/9   5.2222
11-06 Joe-Bill              42/8   5.2500
05-08 Bob-Joyce         21/4   5.2500
12-08 Lorena-Jason         21/4   5.2500   
17-04 Nick-Vicki                58/11   5.2727
06-07 Gus-Hera         37/7   5.2857
17-07 Michael-Kevin         37/7   5.2857
04-07 Monica-Sheree         32/6   5.3333
05-07 Marshall-Lance         32/6   5.3333
07-09 Debbie-Bianca         16/3   5.3333
160
16-09 Monique-Shawne          16/3    5.3333
18-08 Margie-Luke         32/6   5.3333
07-04 Meredith-Gretchen         59/11   5.3636
23-06 Nicky-Kim             43/8    5.3750
23-08 Brandon-Adam          27/5    5.4000
17-08 Katie-Rachel         27/5   5.4000
25-08 Keith & Whitney          27/5   5.4000
04-06 Tian-Jaree            38/7   5.4285
19-05 Bill-Cathi             50/10   5.5000
08-06 Gaghan            33/6   5.5000
170
05-10 Alison-Donny         11/2   5.5000
20-06 Nary-Jamie         44/8   5.5000
20-07 Joey-Danny         33/6   5.5000
03-06 Andre-Damon         39/7   5.5714
16-07 Jeff-Jordan         34/6    5.6666   
03-09 Heather-Eve         23/4   5.7500
01-05 Nancy-Emily         52/9   5.7777
05-05 Kami-Karli            58/10   5.8000
02-07 Cyndy-Russell         29/5   5.8000
03-08 Michael-Kathy         29/5   5.8000
180
12-07 Shana-Jennifer         29/5   5.8000   
09-07 David-Lori            35/6   5.8333
24-06 Flight Time-Big Easy      47/8   5.8750
20-04 Vanessa-Ralph         54/11   5.9090
04-11 Amanda-Chris         12/2   6.0000
15-08 Lance-Keri            30/5   6.0000   
15-09 Zev-Justin            24/4   6.0000
18-05 Kent-Vyxsin         60/10   6.0000
18-07 Ronald-Christina         42/7   6.0000
21-07 Rob-Kelley         36/6    6.0000
190
21-10 Amy-Daniel         12/2    6.0000
23-05 Ally-Ashley          55/9    6.1111
10-06 David-Mary         49/8   6.1250
22-06 Chuck-Wynona         49/8   6.1250
24-07 John - Jessica         43/7   6.1428
23-07 Tim-Danny           37/6    6.1666
04-08 Steve-Dave         31/5   6.2000
13-07 Aja-Ty            31/5    6.2000
09-09 Wanda-Desiree         25/4   6.2500
21-09 Caitlin-Brittany         19/3    6.3333
200
25-07 Shelley & Nici          38/6   6.3333
01-06 Lenny-Karen         45/7   6.4285
01-08 David-Margaretta           26/4   6.5000
07-08 Susan-Patrick         26/4   6.5000
08-09 Rogers            13/2   6.5000
23-10 Rowan-Shane          13/2    6.5000
18-11 Amanda-Kris         13/2   6.5000
15-06 Maria-Tiffany         46/7   6.5714
01-07 Paul-Amie            33/5   6.6000
14-07 Christie-Jodi         40/6   6.6666
210
14-09 Brad-Victoria         20/3   6.6666
20-08 Kerri-Stacy         34/5   6.8000
10-08 Tom-Terry            28/4   7.0000
06-09 Lena-Kristy         21/3   7.0000
08-08 Aiello            21/3   7.0000
19-09 Kaylani-Lisa          21/3   7.0000
02-10 Hope-Norm         14/2   7.0000
19-10 Ethan-Jenna          14/2   7.0000
05-09 Jim-Marsha         22/3   7.3333
15-07 Mika-Canaan         46/6   7.6666
220
15-10 Marcy-Ron         23/3   7.6666
13-08 Marisa-Brooke         31/4   7.7500
09-08 Danielle-Dani         39/5   7.8000
18-09 Cara-Jaime         39/5   7.8000
19-08 Liz-Marie             39/5   7.8000
06-08 Don-Mary Jean         40/5   8.0000
01-10 Kim-Leslie            16/2   8.0000
10-10 Kellie-Jamie         16/2    8.0000
20-09 Elliot-Andrew         24/3   8.0000
24-10 Mark - Mallory         16/2   8.0000
230
21-08 Gary-Will            33/4    8.2500   
04-10 Russell-Cindy         25/3   8.3333
12-09 Marianna-Julia         25/3   8.3333
18-10 Mel-Mike            25/3   8.3333
25-09 Michael & Scott          25/3   8.3333
25-10 Dennis & Isabelle          17/2   8.5000
02-09 Peggy-Claire         27/3   9.0000
03-10 Dennis-Andrew         27/3   9.0000
06-10 Meredith-Maria         18/2   9.0000
11-09 David-Mary           27/3   9.0000
240
12-10 Kate-Pat            18/2   9.0000
20-10 Dave-Cherie         18/2   9.0000
22-10 Idries-Jamil         18/2   9.0000
24-09 Joey - Meghan         28/3   9.3333   
07-10 Megan-Heidi         19/2   9.5000
13-10 Anthony-Stephanie         19/2   9.5000
14-10 Linda-Steve         19/2   9.5000
15-11 Garrett-Jessica         19/2   9.5000
17-10 Andie-Jenna         19/2   9.5000
19-11 Ron-Bill             19/2   9.5000
250
09-10 Lisa-Joni            20/2   10.0000
11-10 Kevin-Drew           20/2   10.0000
16-10 Jody-Shannon          20/2   10.0000
08-10 Black         10/1   10.0000
03-11 Tramel-Talicia         21/2   10.5000
01-11 Matt-Ana         11/1   11.0000 
02-11 Deidre-Hillary         11/1   11.0000
05-11 Dennis-Erika         11/1   11.0000
06-11 Joe-Avi         11/1    11.0000
07-11 Ryan-Chuck          11/1    11.0000
260
09-11 John-Scott         11/1   11.0000
10-11 Vipul-Arti         11/1   11.0000
11-11 John Vito-Jill         11/1   11.0000
12-11 Ari-Staella         11/1   11.0000
13-11 Anita-Arthur         11/1   11.0000
14-11 Jennifer-Preston      11/1   11.0000
16-11 Adrian-Dana          11/1    11.0000
17-11 Ron-Tony         11/1   11.0000
20-11 Misa-Maiya         11/1   11.0000
21-11Rob-Sheila         11/1    11.0000
270
22-11 Matthew-Daniel       11/1   11.0000
23-11Hoskote -- Naina       11/1    11.0000
24-11 Natalie - Nadiya       11/1   11.0000
25-11 Lisa & Michelle       11/1   11.0000
03-12 Gina-Sylvia         12/1   12.0000
04-12 Debra-Steve         12/1   12.0000
10-12 Bilal-Sa'eed           12/1   12.0000
15-12 Eric-Lisa         12/1   12.0000

Mister RC:
Awesome list, as always. I think I saw you do this elsewhere in the past.  I totally agree with counting TBC's as two legs (as there are typically 2 RB/Detours within the "one leg").  Sadly, it gets difficult to have a perfect comparison when you factor in races from TAR12 to the most recent TAR.  That's due to the 11-leg format used from TAR's 12-14.

Something I did on my now "deceased" geocities site for the first 9 seasons was that I also factored in each team's placement vs. the field within each segment.  In other words, it's each team's placement out of the # of teams the beat (or that beat them) within each leg.  For instance, Flo & Zach finished 2nd in their first leg.  I multiplied that by 12 (then 5*11 and 3*10 and so on to get to a total of 249 for Flo & Zach). 

After the overall number was reached, I divided it by the total number of teams that raced in each leg throughout the race.  For TAR3, that total would be 88 (12+11+10+9+8+7+6+5+5+5+4+3+3=88).  Therefore, factoring the field in addition to a team's placement and the number of legs that team completed would have given Flo & Zach an average of 2.83.

It's a little bit higher than the 2.69 that you had, but IMO, I feel that it was more of an accomplishment seeing someone win a couple of legs with 9 or more teams racing in that leg, compared to someone winning 2 (or more) legs with 4 or 5 teams remaining.

I think I saved the other teams placement somewhere else, but I don't know for sure (or it's buried somewhere & I'd be better off recreating it to include season 10 and beyond).  I like your list though in general; really gives a nice look toward how a lot of the teams performed overall during their stay on the race.

apskip:
The raw statistics are a good start, but I think the difficulty of prime opponents is another factor. Here are teams that won despite relatively equal performance by another team:

Uchenna/Joyce  AR7 (opp. Rob/Amber)
BJ/Tyler AR9 (opp. Eric/Jeremy)
Chris/Alex AR2 (opp. Wil/Tara)
Freddie/Kendra AR6 (opp. Kris/Jon)
Nick/Starr AR13 (opp. Ken/Tina)
 
I think a way needs to be developed to factor in dominance of a season despite not winning it. The prime example of this is Colin/Christie, who lost of Chip/Kim only by multiple instances of bad luck (fog in Calgary, bad advice from American Airlines, tire blowout in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area).

I believe that the necessary judgments to determine "who is the best team of all time" are inherently subjective. Statistics can only take you so far. You have to develop essentially qualitative measures that get somehow translated into numbers in order to accomplish a decent ranking.


#HEEL:
Rob and Brennan also managed to beat a team that performed roughly equal to them (Avg. place difference between them and Frank and Margarita was roughly .08)

theschnauzers:
There is an earlier version of this over at TWoP, but I haven't updated it in recent seasons, and there were inconsistencies in computation that needed to be fixed. I also decided that rather than round off decimals, I'd take the fractions out 4 digits. And the attitude of TPTB there isn't receptive to this sort of thing anymore, so it was time to move it elsewhere, such as here.

I've reached the conclusion that the variations in the number of legs and teams wouldn't likely make a real difference in this type of measurement. Dominating teams in a season are reflected in this placement approach; you need look no further than at the teams currently listed at the top of the listing. I'd also look at the final three teams that have the highest values, such as the ones averaging 5.0000 or higher, and I think there's little argument that some final three teams were very, very, lucky to make final three.

One problem in using mid-leg points to fine-tune placements is that the show is inconsistent in providing such points from leg-to-leg and season-to-season. Then there's the issue of bunching, and the issue of filmed but unaired tasks and route markers, both of which make having complete ordinal information impossible.

Finally, keep in mind that this is intended to be an objective tool, and not reflect subjective opinions. Of course, this listing is a starting point for those types of discussion, but that's fine with me. I doubt there would be any consensus on subjectively developed performance rankings anyhow.

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