LeBron James (3) vs. Meryl Streep; Pele advances

Yesterday I was gonna go with Turing following Dalton’s eloquent argument:

To his credit, Pele didn’t have to play in the era of VAR (video assistant referees). As last Tuesday’s Champions League game between Paris – Saint Germain and Manchester United (as well as the recent World Cup final between Croatia and France) demonstrate, there is an indistinct, but abrupt border between the beautiful and the farcical and that border is guarded by imperfect humans with flawed methods for making binary decisions. Football is all kinetic energy and continuous movement. That’s why it is so beautiful and beloved. But (like Stan) football runs into trouble when that continuity is confronted with a latent discrete state. The stochastic motions of a 450 gram truncated icosahedron will occasionally cause it careen into the demilitarized zone between the discrete states delineated by the Laws of the Game. Did it or did it not touch the hand or arm? Was that contact SIGNIFICANT enough to cause a penalty? Many of us hate the use of p-values on this blog, but when was the last time somebody was stabbed because they didn’t like the outcome of binary decision given by a p-value (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/08/stabbed-manchester-united-fan-recovering-surgery-paris-psg)?

Pele, at his best, transported us so far away from these uncomfortable boundaries that we were able to forget they exist. Turing, on the other hand, dwelt in the uncanny trenches where the messy but still quantized states of the world must be directly confronted. Football’s (and Pele’s) transcendence can only be temporary because of the Laws of the Game. We need the Laws of the Game, otherwise every game would only be ever escalating chaos whose obvious destination is violence. But the Laws of the Game, by attempting to impose order, manage only to concentrate the chaos at the seams. Turing helped prove this fundamental limitation on our ability to reside forever in the domain of certainty. And so elevating Turing over Pele is the only grown-up thing to do. As much fun as Pele can be the night before, only Turing allows us to continue living after the cold brutal truth of the morning after.

So true. But then Manuel won it for the futebolista with this enigmatic retort:

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Model: Enigma M4 “Shark”
Reflector: UKW B thin
Rotor 1: Beta, position 1, ring 1
Rotor 2: I, position 17, ring 1
Rotor 3: I, position 12, ring 1
Rotor 4: I, position 1, ring 1

Plugboard: bq cr di ej kw mt os px uz gh

Composed with the help of cryptii.com

tl;dr: Pelé advances

As for today’s contest . . . LeBron hasn’t been looking too good lately, but do we really need to see a 22nd Oscar-nominated performance? Both these contestants are a bit overexposed. But what do you think?

Again, here are the rules and here’s the bracket: