Bruce Springsteen (1) vs. Veronica Geng; Monty Python advances

Yesterday’s contest wasn’t particularly close, as it pitted a boring guy who got lucky with one famous book, vs. some very entertaining wits. I saw Life of Brian when it came out, and I think I laughed harder at that spaceship scene than any other time in my life. In any case, Ethan brings it home with the comment, “I want to hear Monty Python riff on pystan,” and Dzhaughn seals it with, “How many at Hormel owe their terrible disgusting jobs to this comedy troupe? Canned meat was dead in the water. Literally. But now “Spam” is on everyone’s lips. . . .” And this, from Tom: “There is the opportunity here for a seminar ending with a hall full of people singing ‘Always look on the bright side . . .’ It is that or listen to someone whose name ends in F.” f, actually, as we’re not shouting here. Whatever.

Today we conclude the first half of the draw with the top seeded person from New Jersey, against another person from our Wits category. Unseeded or not, Veronica Geng was very witty. The Boss would pull in the crowds, but maybe Geng works better for a university audience. What do you all think?

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!

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