Back of the Net's John Foster reports on two very unlikely things, only one of which happened...
As the euphoria surrounding CelticÃ¢ÂÂs against-all-odds triumph over Barcelona begins to fade, observers are waking up to the sobering reality that a win for Neil LennonÃ¢ÂÂs side was far less likely than Mitt Romney becoming the new president of the United States.
Celtic were quoted at 10/1 to upset the Catalan juggernaut, significantly longer odds than the 4/1 widely available on a Republican presidential victory, a fact pundits on both sides of the Atlantic have described as Ã¢ÂÂdisturbing.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂWhen you consider their own limitations and lack of flair, and their opponentsÃ¢ÂÂ vastly superior ground game, you could have forgiven both Celtic and the Republican Party for throwing in the towel straight away,Ã¢ÂÂ commentator Ezra Klein told FourFourTwo.
Ã¢ÂÂI knew there was a possibility Romney would do it. I just never realized that that possibility might become reality until I heard the score from Parkhead,Ã¢ÂÂ Klein continued. Ã¢ÂÂCeltic fans now know that dreams can come true, but we should all remember that nightmares are statistically just as likely.Ã¢ÂÂ
Mathematicians and psephologists who successfully predicted an Obama win admitted that the possibility of a Celtic victory a day later had barely crossed their minds.
Ã¢ÂÂBased on an analysis of the available polls, our model indicated that Mitt Romney had approximately a 9% chance of winning the election,Ã¢ÂÂ said Nate Silver of the New York Times.
Ã¢ÂÂBut the same polls told us that the chances of a Celtic victory were about the same as Andres Iniesta getting hit by a meteorite, which coincidentally was also the likeliest path to a Celtic victory.Ã¢ÂÂ
Celtic manager Neil Lennon took time out from praising his sideÃ¢ÂÂs tenacity to digest the news that BarcelonaÃ¢ÂÂs road to glory should have been much more straightforward than President ObamaÃ¢ÂÂs.
Ã¢ÂÂIf we live in a universe where a side containing Kelvin Wilson and Georgios Samaras can beat one containing Leo Messi and Xavi Hernandez,Ã¢ÂÂ Lennon said, Ã¢ÂÂThen we also live in a universe where Mitt Romney could have become the most powerful man on the planet, and thatÃ¢ÂÂs a sobering thought.Ã¢ÂÂ
Lennon added that he had been looking forward to progressing in the competition, until he learned that CelticÃ¢ÂÂs chances of winning the Champions League were roughly the same as Donald Trump being elected President in 2016.
Editor's note: this isn't a serious accusation and all quotes are fictionalised. But you knew that, because you're not stupid.
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