Sydney’s path to the finals may be the weirdest ever

The Arc on the fall and rise of Sydney in 2017.  The Swans are one thing the models got right this year: they never looked that bad, even at 0-6.

No team has ever made the finals after losing their first four games of the season, at least not in the period since 1994 when the AFL has had a top eight finals system. The 2017 Sydney Swans didn’t just lose their first four games – they dropped their first six. Given the historical record, the Swans should have no shot at the finals this year, but they’ve clawed their way back into contention.

Source: Sydney’s path to the finals | The Arc