TQBR Prediction Game 5.0, Update #1

FIVE POINT OH. Who would’ve thought we would have made it this far with the TQBR Prediction Game? R. Kelly’s still stuck at TP.3 Reloaded, and hasn’t released any new episodes of Trapped in a Closet in years. Yet in the span of 2010, TQBR Prediction Game will have gone from No Point Oh to FIVE POINT OH.

We begin, as is sometimes the case for Update #1, with a tie for first place, this one between Team Skullduggery aka PJ, Pretty Toney, Not Sure aka Jay Ari Yin and Bundy Bears aka ALEXMAC. But there’s a virtual tie that goes 10 more deep, because 14 people picked the correct winner of both Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito and Sergio Martinez-Paul Williams II.

Picking the winner of Pacquiao-Margarito — that was a snap. Eight, though, saw a unanimous decision for Pacquiao, good for a 100 point accuracy bonus. Only four people picked Margarito at all. Martinez-Williams II wasn’t so easy. Fourteen people went with Martinez, 15 with Williams. Of those people who went with Martinez, four correctly called a knockout, and two — Bundy Bears and Not Sure — got the closest to the precise round of said KO, albeit six rounds later than the actual 2nd round flattening.

For that reason, Bundy Bears and Not Sure get the “most impressive call of the weekend” award. (Nobody got any upset points because the odds were precisely even at the time I wrote the entry.) Least impressive call of the weekend? Baron, partly out of loyalty to Margarito and partly because Martinez-Williams II was a coin flip, ended up the only person to predict both fights incorrectly. We still love you, Baron.

Strict enforcement of the rules robbed people of some points (I’m practically a dominatrix on late entries), as did some folk predicting for one fight and not another (some of whom were clearly one-time predictors, but I leave them up because it’ll make us all feel better later when we’re morose over not being in 1st place). But never fear, scofflaws! The finishing stretch is loaded up with any number of pick ’em fights with upset potential. You can recover.

Next up in 5.0 eligibility, for instance, are three fights this weekend that we’ll preview throughout the week: Juan Manuel Marquez-Michael Katsidis, Arthur Abraham-Carl Froch and Andre Ward-Sakio Bika. Have your predictions ready by 11:59 p.m. Friday to insert in the appropriate preview and prediction blog posts; the last thing I’d want to do is disqualify your picks because you caught a tryptophan coma and failed to predict in time.

For no good reason other than that it’s nearing the season, here’s an advertisement of Santa Claus smoking a cigarette (h/t EB).

Now, to your standings. As always, please notify me of any tabulation errors and we can adjudicate:


Team Skullduggery (PJ): 1100

Pretty Toney: 1100

Not Sure (Jay Ari Yin): 1100

Bundy Bears (ALEXMAC): 1100

stickfigure: 1050

The Garbageman (ScottB): 1050

AskTheBoxer: 1050

BenOlson: 1050

Internet Tough Guy (Dobbler): 1000

Philly Shell (Hit Dog): 1000

Basque Country: 1000

The Flying Cintrons (Queensberry Wench): 1000

beccapooka: 1000

NattyChamps (DukeShadeBlue): 1000

Team CusNazimSteward RoachDundee (edub): 600

Neon Leon’s Two Front Teeth (Andrew Harrison): 600

David Schraub: 600

Manila Ice: 600

ArnoldO: 600


Ako si Navarette: 600

Todd Aguiar: 550

Paul Williams’ Campaign Manager (Tim Starks): 500

cguenard: 500

Orbital Bone Surgeons (IrvinRyan): 500

Team Atlas (Sam Fong): 500

fadeintobolivian: 500

Gumbercules (BigMaxy): 500

Team Spacely’s Sprockets (willfrank): 500

Yuriorkis Gamboa Constrictor (Scott Kraus): 500

Apemantus: 500

Paul Kelly: 500

Cardscott5: 500

Stiff Jab: 500

ShortFuse (RoWyN): 500

the legend: 500

Miggs 88: 500

joebentvice: 500

nick63: 500

Datu punol: 500

Noypi: 500

reneth: 500

Dachs: 500

Melzor Uchiha: 500

baron: 0

Unifythebelts: 0

audley harrison jab of the century (FlorencioR): 0

Arthur Billette: 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.