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Serena Williams vs. Steve Martin (4); The Japanese dude who won the hot dog eating contest advances

We didn’t have much yesterday, so I went with this meta-style comment from Jesse:

I’m pulling for Kobayashi if only because the longer he’s in, the more often Andrew will have to justify describing him vs using his name. The thought of Andrew introducing the speaker as “and now, here’s that Japanese dude who won the hot dog eating contest” sounds awkward enough to prime us all for stress-eating, and who better to give us best practices/techniques?

I agree with Diana that there’s some underdog bias here, as in the real world there’d be no doubt that we’d want to hear Wilde. Indeed, if this were a serious contest we’d just have looked at the 64 names, picked Wilde right away, and ended it. But, for round 3, the Japanese dude who won the hot dog eating contest it is.

And today we have an unseeded GOAT vs. the fourth-seeded magician. Whaddya want, ground strokes or ironic jokes?

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


  1. Martha (Smith) says:

    Ooh, a toughy: Slapping with sticks vs slapstick.

  2. Dalton says:

    On one hand, Serena knows how to handle a racket. But Steve Martin knows how to make a racket with some strings stretched taught over a frame. Are you really gonna bet against the dude who went to toe-to-toe Kermit the Frog in racket making duel?

  3. Dzhaughn says:

    This is just to say that Serena may boycott this tournament due to a perceived slight against her Dad’s grandpa William Carlos. Or a sore knee.

    A previous case involved a joke of Dementieva; this one, dementia. And WCW, like Richard, has already stopped speaking English.


    Also, Steve Martin could convincingly give the speech as half Serena Williams and half himself. Or half Lily Tomlin.

    • Martha (Smith) says:

      Steve Martin is so unbelievably talented at switcheroos that defy conventional wisdom that he might actually be able to give a speech as half Serena Williams, half Lily Tomlin, and half himself.

  4. J Storrs Hall says:

    For Serena, I have one word: Karsten Braasch

    for the rest of you, I have two:

  5. Jan says:

    I will keep playing the Saginaw card. Serena can give us a thrilling tale of spending the formative years of her childhood under the shadow and light of the Beans Bunny.

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