March 10, 2007
MPRE & Reality TV Episode 24: You Join the Betting Pool On Jeff's Score
Posted by Alan Childress
At my school, the mailroom guys who run the sports "gaming" pools always seem to have chosen and eliminated the 24-10 result -- or Duke in the Final Four -- before the rest of us get the pickings (though this year it won't be Duke at least for men's). Me? I'm left with the chance to win $100 if only the score reflects three safeties by the end of the third quarter, or Slippery Rock makes the Final Four. "Go The Rock." That is one college mascot you don't want to screw with.
But not this time, baby! I am picking 132 as Jeff's final scaled MPRE score and intend to win this sucker.
Please post your own estimate of Jeff's score (0 to 150) in Comments here (which will show up later after someone posts them). If you're closest, you win a lunch at the next AALS (or sometime in Boston or New Orleans) courtesy Jeff. At least I say so without his authorization. Relatives of Jeff, and Jeff, may play as well. His students are in fact expected to play, not only for the chance to win lunch with him where he won't mention the UCC, but also better yet for just investing emotionally in having that feeling that he is going through what you are going through. We will trust that he will report his score accurately even if it means he loses the pool and costs himself $17.50 in free food to someone else.
A personal prediction and warning: If you pick "79," and win, don't expect that he will follow through on this vicarious offer in any way.
Keep in mind that Jeff has recently been described this way by no less than David McGowan: "Lipshaw is one of the best and most interesting writers currently working on ethics-related issues." Hazardous Use: despite this accolade, choosing "150" is a sucker bet, like Vegas putting up the highly lucrative but illusory odds that next year the Oakland Raiders will run the table and finally join the '72 Dolphins as the only unbeaten team. But if one of his three kids wants to pick "150" just to put more public pressure on him and be able to have that "at least you tried" faux-supportive parental-esque conversation with him after he scores 132 (priceless), well by all means do so. Shame is the high-voltage cattle prod of all winners, and parental disappointment masked in Lifesavers speeches the ultimate secret to success. Enjoy.
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Don't bet 79. I need an 85 for Massachusetts.
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Mar 10, 2007 1:33:37 PM
Because Massachusetts is more ethical than California. But what score are you picking for the pool???
Sorry to do this to you, Jeff, but all the "placebo" I have been taking is making me loopy and hostile.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Mar 10, 2007 1:38:17 PM
I'm in for 138.
Posted by: Arielle | Mar 11, 2007 7:59:03 AM
Obviously sucking up for a favored spot in the estate plan.
Just got my labs back from the physical - how about a pool on HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol? Hint: gotta work just a touch on those trans fats - no more beignet for this guy.
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Mar 11, 2007 8:28:26 AM
I'm in for the full monty: 150. This isn't flattery of the father-in-law, it's stoical resignation to Jeff's inability not to excel.
Posted by: Simon Pride | Mar 11, 2007 2:06:01 PM
I'm going for 137, which is (I think, but my memory's shot) higher than the score I made the last time I took the test. Go, Jeff!
Posted by: Nancy Rapoport | Mar 11, 2007 7:00:50 PM
Now I'm only betting that Jeff could have lived well enough without ever having Simon and "the full monty" in the same thought box.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Mar 11, 2007 8:36:52 PM
I am staying with my choice of 132, but for the public record: this is a hard exam to do very well on (but infinitely passable), so if Jeff gets a 115 or 120 that is really just fine, and even lower will pass in all jurisdictions. The only reason all these entries picked numbers higher than my 132 is that these people know Jeff.
Posted by: Childress | Mar 13, 2007 12:18:57 PM
@Alan C: "the full Monty" just means 'the whole of something' in British English. It's not specifically tied to male full frontal nudity.
Posted by: Simon Pride | Mar 16, 2007 3:40:02 PM