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University rankings are probably like statistics in baseball: they are fun as long as you don’t take them seriously. I am not a fan of of baseball myself (if I had to pick a sport then it would probably be what most of the world refers as football). In any case I have read enough essays from Stephen J. Gould to see how a baseball fan could find statistics fun. Better performing teams tend to have better numbers in those statistics but if the coach decided to focus on improving those numbers (and just the numbers alone) it is likely that the results would be disastrous.