Archive for the ‘Fantasy Supreme Court League’ Category

We’ve all been waiting for this with baited breath. We know. We’re professional breath-baiters. So, with precisely this much ado, and then this much more, here you go:

Final 2018 Scores

The winner, by a margin of 70 points, is Alyssa, who single-handedly proves that NJ judicial fantasialogisticians have everything we need to understand what’s right and wrong about the world. Kudos to Alyssa: if she keeps this up, maybe we’ll rename the league after her. Or, you know, if she purchases a sponsoring deal. We’ll take interesting food. No, seriously, you know we will.

One note, of the almost-dozen people who posted submissions twice, only one scored better the second time. The clear lesson here is to not overthink what we’re doing. Including this commentary. See you all next season.



It’s that time of the month, again, thank good. Get yourself sorted on our fresh (and abundant) batch of cases that may have some easy outcomes to determine. See? We can play nice when we feel like it, just like Rocky Racoon.

If you have no idea what this is, please click to our somewhat-more-helpful page (trademark pending). In brief, you guess what US Supreme Court justices might do, and compare your guesswork to others. If you guess best, we recognize you somehow. It’s all very specific.

Here’s the link to this month’s ballot.


I always wonder, when I title these things, if it won’t turn up in some adolescent’s search for prurient material about something he or she misspelled. I know it does for me, and it’s annoying.

But, if you’re reading this second paragraph, you’re probably mildly interested in the link to cast your ballot. Because I know we’re getting close to the finish line, and I know I need to get to scoring this thing, and that laundry isn’t going to do itself. So, if anyone wants to do my laundry, please let me know. My wife says I have an unnecessarily rigorous t-shirt folding process, and I’m looking for a biased second opinion.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re in good company. But if you want to know more about the SCOTUS Fantasy League, click that link. If you just want to vote in this ballot, click this link.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


                Todd S.


                “Doing It Wrong”

60           LA Scott


55           C3PO

                P Dub

                Kyle WM

45           Emma

                Prosecutor John

                My dude keanuthon

                Lane from Philadelphia

40           Michigan Drew 


                James N

30           ZLM


                Denver Brad

                Lauren from Baltimore

25           Zoe


                Sarah Corp.

                Girl Carew

15           Victor

                JB in ME



                Kevin, aka Havertown’s worst gambler

                David from ATL

0              Dan H.


                Brandon N.

                Young Maldy

                Cam from Phoenix