David Sedaris (3) vs. Stanislaw Ulam; George H. W. Bush advances

Best comment yesterday came from J Storrs Hall:

I have eaten
the money
that was in
the piggybank

you were probably
for retirement

Forgive me
it was delicious
so sweet
read my lips

But it’s not clear if this is an endorsement of Bush, for his economic policies, or Williams, for his poetry.

In judging the contest, I’ll go with Jrc:

This is like a mediocre World Cup group stage match between two countries with the combined population of Florida. No one really cares, the quality isn’t real high, and you just sorta root for the team least likely to ever play in a world cup again.

It’s now or never for Bush – its not like he’ll crack a Presidents of the United States category. Or Vice-Presidents or Directors of the CIA for that matter. William Williams can compete again in three years in the double-name category. Seed him somewhere between Boutros Boutros and Fan Bingbing.

So it’s David Cop-a-feel for the win.

Today we have a power matchup. Sedaris, seeded third in the Wits category, is a legendary storyteller—especially if we don’t mind that he changes the details to get the stories to work. Stanislaw Ulam is unseeded in the Mathematicians category—jeez, even the legendary Euler and Erdos are unseeded there—but he wrote a wonderful autobiography and of course would have a lot to say about HMC and Stan.

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!