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May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We’re gonna talk about facial hair tonight – but not Scott’s.The Final Wager – May 6, 2015

First, I’ll direct your attention to an article on FiveThirtyEight.com (the site run by statistical guru Nate Silver) that discusses why KJ’s 74-game streak is probably unbreakable.

I do have a few quibbles with it – namely, I think Roger Craig’s big bets were designed to maximize expected value, not to rake in a huge payday. That approach would give him the best odds for clinching a lock before Final.

Overall, it’s a good analysis, and I’m glad to see other writers giving the show some real thought.

Speaking of locks, Scott has his third – by the hair of his moustache.

Scott

Ylinen

Mike

Duval

Rebecca

Golden

18,700 2,000 9,000

Let’s now briefly touch on Mike’s goatee. Turns out he had some inspiration:

You made the right choice, Mike! Although I shudder to imagine your reaction when you saw me in the mirror.

Cory WHAAAAAT

What actually happened

Scott Mike Rebecca
18,700 2,000 9,000
350 1,989 1,980
19,050 3,989 10,980
min max min max
699 5,000

Scott has now won 3 games and $62,705, moving him into the #9 slot on our TOC leaderboard. (I’m assuming 350 is not his birth year.)

UPDATE: 1980 is actually the birth year of Rebecca’s sister, as shared in this beautiful piece she wrote.

OK, one more facial hair comment for all you Ylinen-haters out there:

The Final Jeopardy! clue

SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD
IN 1906 THIS CITY’S ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ADMITTED EGON SCHIELE; IN 1907 IT REJECTED ADOLF HITLER
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