Two months ago, Gary Grinberg, better known as Gary the Numbers Guy, used numerology and astrology to explain to ThePostGame the success of Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow and others, while also citing why certain athletes were prone to failure.
Most of the feedback was positive, according to Grinberg, but there were also critics that said it's ridiculous to explain sports performance based on birthdays and numbers. "Why does it go off the Gregorian calendar? Why is it that all people born on a certain day are athletes?" Grinberg said, rattling off some common complaints.
Grinberg gained some leverage on his critics Friday morning when the Magic announced Dwight Howard would miss the rest of the season because of back surgery.
In the story published Feb. 29 on ThePostGame, Grinberg predicted three NBA players would get injured in 2012: Andre Iguodala, Chris Paul and Howard.
"You look at the chemistry around a player with certain numbers and you know basically what direction they're going to go in," Grinberg said Friday afternoon. "I knew Dwight Howard was going to get hit. If I were the Orlando general manager, I would have traded this guy way before the deadline because I knew this guy was never going to be the same ever again. He's still a good player, but he's never going to be the dominant player he once was."
At the time of Grinberg's prediction, Howard had only missed seven games in seven and a half NBA seasons. But those statistics do not affect Grinberg's analysis. Only numerology statistics determine his predictions.
From a numerology standpoint, Grinberg had reason to believe the injury bug might bite Howard. The Numbers Guy has found that players with a total numerology number of seven tend to be injury prone.
(Note: Total numerology is found by adding up the digits in an individual's birthday and adding the sum's digits together. For example, Howard's birthday is Dec. 8, 1985. Therefore, 1+2+8+1+9+8+5=34. Howard's total numerology number is 7 because 3+4=7).
Back in February, Grinberg gave ThePostGame a list of injury-prone sevens, which included Brandon Roy, Grant Hill, Andrew Bogut and Baron Davis.
Now Howard can be added to that list.Full Story >>