Diamond Brick Road
The above diagrams chart the progress of two divisions of major league baseball for the 2003 season.
I invented the Diamond Brick Road in the late 1980s, but this is the first time I've displayed it on the Internet. How does the diagram work? Let's zoom in.
Here's a closeup of the brick road for a short 12-game "season." Every team starts the season at the bottom brick.
With each game, a team moves in one of two directions:
For a win, the team moves one brick "northwest," towards third base. For a loss, the team moves one brick "northeast," towards first base.
We can look at all this using another pair of orthogonal axes:
"Games played" are measured vertically. Both the 8-4 and 6-6 bricks, representing 12 games played, are 12 levels above the 0-0 brick.
"Games back" are measured horizontally. The 6-6 brick is two full bricks to the right of the 8-4. If the Yellows had finished 6-5, they would have been 1½ bricks (or games) behind the 8-4 Scarlets.
The math is fun for me. What's fun for all us of is watching the colored lines snake their way up the brick road, through hot streaks and cold streaks, crossing and recrossing each other, as the teams climb toward the finish line represented by the 162nd level of bricks.