Archive for the ‘Fantasy Supreme Court League’ Category

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Welcome back to our monthly prediction-a-thon. Please give generously to those who get the answers wrong. They need it. If you’re lost, you’re in good company. This is a thing where we try to predict how some US Supreme Court cases are going to turn out, and then give the person who guesses best bragging rights. Austin from Texas was the best guesser for the past couple of terms, so that explains why the League has been renamed after him. Or her. I have not pantsed him to check.

Yet.

I’m behind, as usual, on some housekeeping. The fact that I am in the lead over my cohost has little to do with the fact that I haven’t re-tallied the score in a long time. It’s just that I prefer lounging in mid-century modern garments, smoking a corn-cob pipe and stroking a cat while contemplating possible alternate realities.

None of this is made easier by the fact that there is only one case this month. Better not screw it up.

Link to the March 2019 ballot.

Links to prior ballots.

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Okay, so, I apologize for the mess I’ve made for the past couple of ballots. But, I have an excuse: it was Brett’s fault. I won’t say more. Anyway, this is a thing where we compete to predict the outcomes of some US supreme court cases covered here recently. If you need rules, here they are.

Otherwise, here is the February ballot. And, if you missed them because of all the ferrets, here are the January, December, and November ballots.

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I may or may not have forgotten to distribute the December ballot in this medium, so below are the links to both the December and January ballots for Austin from Texas’ fantasy SCOTUS league. If you don’t know about this, you pick some outcomes, and hope to do better than others. Most people who fill out all the ballots do really well, and have a good chance of beating one of the hosts.

December ballot link.

January ballot link.

More details and rules can be found here. This isn’t a very serious thing, so if you take it too seriously, you’re going to be disappointed.

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There be Supreme Court cases, and here be the ballot. If you don’t know what this is, you should click through our rules at the top of the page, even though most of them are obvious. But you should play and see if you can best one of our hosts in guessing Supreme Court case outcomes (you probably can). Prize is mostly bragging rights, so don’t get your expectations up.

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We’re kicking off “Austin from Texas’ Fantasy SCOTUS League.” I’d abbreviate that to AfTFSCOTUSL, but I don’t find that helpful at all, and it’s not like I’m spending time on saying that, or even using up paper with it. I also feel compelled to make some jokes about Texas here, but I’m coming up blank. So, I’m going to move on to the helpful words.

We pick some US Supreme Court cases, you pick some outcomes, and we repeat that process every month. At the end of the term, we evaluate who guessed most accurately, and give the winner a pithy prize. If you win, we might send you some law books. Or, I don’t know, an alien femur from Area 51. If you win a couple of terms in a row, we can discuss naming rights.

Here’s the link to the november ballot.

Dear contestants,

It wasn’t close. Austin took the lead early and never looked back. Sure, his December guesses were crap, and that confirms that the system is rigged, but his other scores are nuts. Seriously: we had psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists all examine his work, and he’s due for some sessions. Or drugs. Or both. We’d really prefer both. But congratulations for this achievement are due: amazing work, Austin!

Because he won two consecutive terms with such a staggering performance, we are naming future Fantasy leagues after this winner: this fall, we will open the Austin from LA SCOTUS Fantasy League. And, as the eponymous player, we still encourage Austin from LA, but he will not be eligible for the crown. It’s like those “named” professors: the next winner will be something along the lines of “Nazim, the Austin from LA 2018 SCOTUS Fantasy League winner.”

2017 Winners

There are others worth mentioning: Donkey Punch used some pretty solid data-driven strategy (he just plugged in what a website told him to plug in), and scored 215 points for January, when many of us didn’t do very well. Brett lost lost to Nazim by a huge, very big, not small margin. And some amazing players only played for one round. Cade-VA Beach, why didn’t you come back after the first round? Adam in Rochester got the top score for April, but flaked in March and May. And Blake from Florida was tied for second highest score for March, but missed three of the ballots.

Maybe it’s out fault. Maybe we’re being too defensive about our religious rights. Maybe I should just enjoy a sandwich, regardless of whether it’s cut in half or not. We’ll never know. However, thank you for playing, and thank you for listening and giving us your feedback.

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Enclosed are results follows SAS Intitute and Jesner.  We did not have Dimaya on the ballot, so that did not count. From what I have read from my sources (the Scotusblog twitter account), results will begin again May 15 and then come fast and furious.

170         Holy shit, my friend Ray

165         Hollywood Austin

135        DC Alyssa

125         Vito

                Adam in Rodchester

115         Brian S.

110         Mitchel

                Coridan the Arch-Villain

105         Will P.

100         Brett

                Ken H.

95           Nazim

                Dan H.

90           Steven from Houston

                Andy the Wholeman

                KC (“the Kid”)

85           Penni

                Anthony from Georgia

                Tony C.

80           Daniela

                Max “Number 2”

75           Big Bears Dad

70           Arturo

                Neil R.

                Fabian

                Todd S.

                Spencer

                “Doing It Wrong”

60           LA Scott

                Silvia

55           C3PO

                P Dub

                Kyle WM

45           Emma

                Prosecutor John

                My dude keanuthon

                Lane from Philadelphia

40           Michigan Drew 

                Cade

                James N

30           ZLM

                KJ

                Denver Brad

                Lauren from Baltimore

25           Zoe

                Wayned

                Sarah Corp.

                Girl Carew

15           Victor

                JB in ME

                Jocelyn

                Shannon

                Kevin, aka Havertown’s worst gambler

                David from ATL

0              Dan H.

                Nora

                Brandon N.

                Young Maldy

                Cam from Phoenix

                CB

                JB94

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A few cases we covered last month are still undecided, but we don’t know for how long. Get your ballots in quick. Here is the ballot. You know what to do.

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This one should be easier: just three cases, and the better host (me) is beating the worse host (Brett) in the rankings, so everything is okay. Now, I have to just not screw this up. All I need is for him to keep being wrong. How hard can that be?

With that said, welcome back to our SCOTUS Fantasy League: here’s the April Ballot.

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The following scores represent three cases, with three others getting DQ’ed for being within the one month grace period (we may shorten that next year).  The cases scored below are D.C. v. Wesby (makeshift strip club), Class v. U.S. (guns on the capital building) and Patchak v. Zinke (friendly neighborhood Indian casino).  Digital Realty v. Somers (snitches get stitches), Murphy v. Smith (math and vocabulary) and Texas v. NM and Colorado (seriously who cares about this case anyway) didn’t make it.  There’s still a ton of cases left, so make sure you fill out ballots (old or new) and periodically check up to see scores.  We’ve also (fingers-crossed) figured out a sophisticated system, but if you have any objections please email us (keeping in mind the prize for winning is a box of junk).  Scores are as follows:

NINETY-FIVE POINTS (95)

Mitchell, Austin, Coridan (??)

EIGHTY-FIVE POINTS (85)

Ray, who may still cheat.

EIGHTY POINTS (80)

Dan

SEVENTY FIVE POINTS (75)

Brian S.

SEVENTY POINTS(70)

(sigh) Nazim, Spencer, Tony, Adam

SIXTY FIVE POINTS (65)

KC, Max N.

SIXTY POINTS (60) – *Best Group*

Brett, BIGBEARSDAD, Chad

FIFTY FIVE POINTS (55)

Arturo, Ken H., Someone known only as “Doing it Wrong”, Todd, Alyssa (who rules for still listening), and Fabian (who also rules)

FORTY FIVE POINTS (45)

Tulsa’s Favorite Daughter Penni S., Silvia, Steven, Andy “Not a Half-Man”, Anthony

FORTY POINTS (40)

Kyle WM, C3PO Sam, James S., Cade, Vito, PLUS my two favorite listeners Drew (who asked a SCOTUS attendant about who ate at McDonald’s while on a tour) and Daniela (who called us cool uncles on an iTunes review)

THIRTY POINTS (30)

ZLM, KJ, John the Prosecutor, Scott, Lane (sleeping giant)

TWENTY FIVE POINTS (25)

Neil (another sleeping giant), Zoe F., Girl Carew, Sarah C.

FIFTEEN POINTS (15)

Brad, Kevin (who I went to high school with and stinks), PDUB, JB in Me, Jocelyn, Shannon, Chad, Emma, Victor, my dude Keanuthon, my dudette Laura from Baltimore

ZERO POINTS BUT NOT OUT OF IT (0)

Dan H., Wayne, JB 94, David, Cam (good name), Carrie S. Young Maldy, Brandon, Nora, literally everyone including possibly you, BUT THERE’S PLENTY OF SCORING LEFT TO BE HAD!!  DON’T GIVE UP NOW!