David Schraub And Migs88 Win TQBR Prediction Game 2.0

Two contestants join the TQBR Prediction Game Hall of Champions this day: David Schraub and Migs88, who tied for first place after 13 rounds of tremendous battle that ended in a draw. They join previous champions Spidershark and Pretty Toney in the kind of immortality that being good at predicting fights on a blog can bring. Which is to say, PERMANENT AND MASSIVE IMMORTALITY.

Join me in congratulating them. Mr. Schraub’s prize is a prominent plug for his most excellent blog, The Debate Link. Go visit it now, and bask in his takes on contemporary events and more that rival his takes on who will win boxing matches.

Schraub ended up in a tie with Migs88 by virtue of picking Yuri Foreman this weekend, and by virtue of Migs88’s excellent final weekend, which featured two perfect picks and some bonus points for calling the kind of victory — knockout or decision — in a third.

Migs88 uses few words, and sometimes is Miggs88. What kind of prize do you get someone mysterious like that? Going by the name, I could include a commemorative picture of an airplane, or I could include a commemorative picture of Multiple Miggs from Silence of the Lambs in Migs88’s honor. Which one do you think I’ll go with? (Migs88, get in touch with me if you want to switch it to an airplane or something else, and I will. Nothing more annoying than name jokes to the person who’s name is joked about, and I want a prize that can make you proud.)

Everyone, congratulate the champeens of TQBR Prediction Game 2.0. And don’t be a stranger, now that you’ve won. It’s always hard to win a second championship, as the performances of previous champs post-championship shows.

So now that we’ve congratulated the champeens, any suggestions for how we might resolve a tie in version 3.0 of the game? We made no provisions for that occurrence, so I had no alternative but to go with a tie as the final result.

Before we gear up for 3.0 — which won’t really kick off for a while because there are no major fights until June 19, and which will go in slow motion as the June and July boxing schedule slows down a bit — let’s revisit some of the noteworthy results of the final weekend. (And I assume everyone wants to do 3.0, by the way. Some people really dropped off in their prediction frequency toward the end, and I’m assuming it’s because they threw in the towel when they were out of winning range, not because they stopped being interested.)

There were five accuracy kings who stood out for Saturday’s fights. Migs88, PJ Prediction King and Team Fingermonkey aka ScottB all called a 9th round stoppage for Miguel Cotto over Yuri Foreman. Two people — Ben Olson and Not Sure aka Jay Ari Yin — came within one round of calling when Steve Cunningham would stop Troy Ross, so they get the premium accuracy bonus. Sixteen people got the accuracy bonus for Vanes Martirosyan’s unanimous decision win over Joe Greene. Foreman was the most popular upset pick for the weekend, with 10 people picking him, followed by nine for Greene and four for Ross. Some of you clearly were throwing Hail Marys, though, which is totally fine — it just doesn’t create a strong sense of what everyone really thought.

I now give you your final standings; if you see any errors in the tabulation, please notify me, and we can adjudicate. Thanks to everyone who played 2.0.


David Schraub: 5800

Migs88: 5800

PJ Prediction King (PJ): 5700

Apemantus: 5650

Chris: 5500

Doug Fischer’s Ponytail (ALEXMAC): 5500

Arthur Billette: 5450

PI Joe (Irvin Ryan): 5100

Cardscott5: 5050

Drederick Tatum (Scott Kraus): 4950

Team Tell Me I’m The Greatest (me): 4850

Manila Ice (JB): 4850

cNcEDDIE: 4700

Bigmaxy: 4650

Team Great Santini (willfrank): 4600

Hit Dog: 4450

the legend: 4400

Geordie Dancer (Andrew Harrison): 4300

stickfigure: 4050

team individuality: 4050

johnkzoo: 4000

Paul Kelly: 3900

ShortFuse (RoWyN): 3900

Southern Comfort (Dobbler): 3800

DukeShadeBlue: 3800

Ben Olson: 3650

Not Sure (Jay Ari Yin): 3350

D.C. Senators (edub): 3300

sam.fong: 3250

Unifythebelts: 2850

The Weasel (Funky Badger): 2800

nazarioz: 2800

Team Fingermonkey (ScottB): 2800

beccapooka: 2700

epark88: 2450

Malignant Narcissism (Eric Naff): 2350

fadein2bolivian: 2200

BOB77: 2150

The Queensberry Fools (Eugene Dammrod): 1700

Pretty Toney: 1200

I likea da predictions (morelandj): 1200

queensberry wench: 1050

Jordan Adair: 500

gavaniacono: 500

College Wolf: 500

gavia: 0

PalookaJoe: 0

Stats: 0

Fish Hook Combo (FlorencioR): 0

Burbank Baker: 0

venom.0420: 0

Paolo: 0

Donkey Puncher (Brian.McNeeley): 0

BoricuaBasher: 0


About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.