Does one banter with an accountant?

I’d appreciate some unqualified opinions.

 

Can we consolidate this thread with Archibald's?

"How do you account for your team being so useless last night?"

"I've examined the data, and it seems attributable to a combination of a European fixture on Thursday plus the fact that each player ran an average of 15% further than the mean in playing an unusual pressing game against Villa the previous Saturday."

"Okay." 

You can try.  It's about a 1 in 10 shot that they'll understand that's what you're doing and about a 1 in 100 shot that they'll have the ability to reciprocate.

Good luck, and try to make it obvious!