All of yesterday’s comments favored Mr. Blazing Saddles. Jeff had a good statistics-themed comment:
Mel Brooks created Get Smart (along with Buck Henry), which suggests a number of seminar topics of interest to readers of this blog.
“Missed It By That Much: Why Predictive Models Don’t Always Pick the Winner”
“Sorry About That, Chief: Unconscious Researcher Biases”
“I Asked You Not to Tell Me That: How Not to Respond to Replication Failures”
And Jrc has the pithy summary:
Mel Brooks: EGOT
Chris Christie: GTFO
I’d rather see the guy who came up with the line, It’s good to be the king, than the guy who really was king—of New Jersey—and all he did with it was hog a beach.
As for today’s matchup . . . G. H. W. Bush is seeded #2 in the Magicians category but not because of any talent at performing magic; he’s just the second-most-famous person in that category. And William Carlos Williams is an unseeded Jerseyite. It’s your choice: you could get stories about the secret service, Iran-Contra, etc., or some modernist poetry. The winner will probably get wiped out in the second round, as he’ll have to face either David Sedaris or Stanislaw Ulam.
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!