It's working towards the end of the NFL regular season and as that happens we often hear about the playoffs and the situations by which a team can advance to the playoffs.
(score more than your opponent and win more than the other guys do, duh!)
We also get to hear words that must ring awful in a team/coach/fans ears... "they've been mathematically eliminated."
It must be great to boil everything down to Math.
Pi, Cotangents, Radii, Pythagorean theorems, and all the rest have decided the fates of so much and so many.
The likes of Einstein, Pascal, and Archimedes crunching numbers to decide who goes on and who goes home.
Algebra is not my friend!
By the time of my birth, I was mathematically eliminated from being the next or future King of England.
By mid-high school, I was mathematically eliminated from attending Harvard.
By virtue of my wonderful marriage and the archaic bigamy laws of this country, I am mathematically eliminated from being Mr. Salma Hayek.
My advancing age has mathematically eliminated me from being a 100 meter Olympic champion. (yeah, swimming, running, cycling, it doesn't matter)
With that said:
With my birth, I am mathematically assured of getting the best parents I could have hoped for. My sister is pretty aces as well.
With my grades and poor scholastic attitude, I was able to surprise people with my collegiate grades.
Umm, I got Mrs. Mynd....duh!
My age has mathematically limited my ability to be drafted. It has also mathematically limited my odds for mononucleosis.
So in the NFL like life, mathematically elimated from the playoffs means being mathematically enhanced for the next player draft or something else even better!