Boris Karloff (3) vs. Anastasia Romanoff; Lance Armstrong advances

I’m still feeling bad about my ruling the other day. . . . I mean, sure, Robin Williams doing Elmer Fudd doing Bruce Springsteen was amazing, but Veronica Geng—she was one of a kind.

Anyway, yesterday’s winner is another dark horse. There’s little doubt in my mind that Bobby Fischer, if in a good mood, could give a much more interesting talk than Lance Armstrong, but then there was this argument from Diana:

Zbicyclist gave such a strong argument for him that zchessplayer appeared out of nowhere—a testament to the generative potential of an Armstrong seminar.

You’ll have to read the whole thread to see where she was coming from here.

Also, Lance has his own statistical principle.

Today we have a battle of two people whose names end in f: the original Frankenstein and the original lost princess. Check out Karloff’s wikipedia entry, where you’ll learn a few of interesting things: he was related to an English diplomat, he was part-Indian, and he wasn’t actually named Karloff. Anastasia you know all about, I’m sure.

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!