Today’s contest is a tough call. Caesar is the king of live TV, a real originator—but he did not write his own material, so it could be risky to invite him without getting Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, etc., as support staff. Thorpe is a legend but probably not much of a performer. Both Caesar and Thorpe suffered from alcoholism—but if that were disqualifying, about half the seminar bracket would have to go.
So what do you want to see: Sid Caesar struggling to ad lib with a not-so-funny academic audience, or Jim Thorpe doing the high jump and I don’t know what else for an hour? Your arguments, your call.