Seattle is on pace to end up with 74 points on the year, 7 more than the Supporter Shield winning Galaxy had last year. I would hardly classify that as an "average team". Now, I'll be the first to say it's still early and I'm not overly optimistic about the game on Wednesday. But, using the data we currently have, I have a difficult time classifying teams beyond 1 standard deviation as "average". And, once again, two of the teams you list have a lower ppg average than Seattle (only San Jose's is better). Also, your classroom analogy is somewhat lacking, in my opinion. Your essential argument is that if a student does better than 95% of his/her peers, that student is still average because they did not do 97.5% better (what I believe constitutes 2 standard deviations - once again, correct me if I am wrong). My issue is with how you define average (not whether Seattle should be considered average or not - they're just the example I'm using to make my point). But I guess to each their own.