I had a few people ask me how to calculate the magic/elimination #s we've been using on the blog.
Well, first of all, credit goes to reader Wooden who's been keeping track for awhile and passing the info along here. But the formula is pretty simple:
(G+1) - (W1-L2) = Magic Number
G=total number of games in the season
W1=number of wins for the first place team
L2=number of losses for the 2nd place team
To calculate the elimination number for teams in 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc, plug in their losses where "L2" is.