Yesterday we got this argument from Manuel in favor of Biles:
After suffering so many bad gymnastics (mathematical, logical, statistical, you name it) at seminars, to have some performed by a true champion would be a welcome change.
But Parker takes it away, based on this formidable contribution of Dzhaughn:
Things I Have Learned From the Contest So Far:
(Cf. “Resume” by Dorothy Parker)
Thorpe’s 1/8th hashtag
Babe’s just a champ
Oscar is all Gray
Hotdogs cause cramp
Serena’s a whiner
Jeff’s gone ballistic
I might as well win.
Today’s contest features the second seed in the Creative Eaters category against an unseeded magician. (Regular listeners to This American Life will recall that Glass did magic shows when he was about 12 years old, I think it was.) Both have lots of experience performing in front of an audience. So what’ll it be? Public TV or public radio? In either case, the winner will be facing someone from New Jersey in the second round.
Again, the full bracket is here, and here are the rules:
We’re trying to pick the ultimate seminar speaker. I’m not asking for the most popular speaker, or the most relevant, or the best speaker, or the deepest, or even the coolest, but rather some combination of the above.
I’ll decide each day’s winner not based on a popular vote but based on the strength and amusingness of the arguments given by advocates on both sides. So give it your best!