Every year since 1992 our family, along with our dear friends Ellie and Archie, have engaged in a little friendly competition involving predictions about a variety of happenings throughout the year.
We predict everything from the results of the Super Bowl to the choice for People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
The predictions, called The McLuxies, are recorded and locked in during early January then we all follow along throughout the year keeping score and doing a little smack talking.
You can read more about the McLuxies here.
Now that we are more than 3/4 of the way through the year, I thought I’d give you an update on the scores so far.
It’s a little hard to read the graphic so I’ll break it down for you:
Son-in-law Jerry, the 2013 defending champion, is in the lead with 12 points.
Next are Peter and our son, Walt with 10 points each.
Archie has 9 points.
There is a three-way tie at 8 points each for daughter Annie, daughter-in-law Lily and Ellie.
That leaves me in last place with a whopping 7 points.
Out of 26 possible points so far in 2014, I’ve managed to correctly predict only that:
- Florida State wins the College Football National Championship
- The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks play in the Super Bowl (although I picked the wrong winner and only got 2 points)
- Notre Dame plays in NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship game (Go Irish! – but they lost 🙁 )
- Someone named Kvitova wins the Wimbledom Women’s Singles Championship (My finest moment in this year’s competition and my luckiest guess.)
- Argentina plays in the World Cup Finals
- Breaking Bad wins the Emmy for Best Drama (Who didn’t see that coming? Ooops, I guess Peter and Lily who instead predicted Homeland and House of Cards, respectively.)
Now we are coming down to the final three categories: the World Series, People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
The tie breaker – number of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives after the mid-term elections (yes, we are nerds) – will be know after November 4th. Although it is unlikely to matter because I’m not sure that anyone can catch up to Jerry.
You see, between us, only two people still have a team in the running for the World Series so no one is picking up enough points there to challenge Jerry.
And the final two categories, Sexiest Man Alive and Person of the Year, are nearly impossible to predict, especially when you consider that we make our guesses in the very beginning of the year with no idea of what events might happen to shape those selections.
For instance, if I was picking Time Person of the Year today, I’d choose Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever and, as the title of her book says, “The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By The Taliban”.
Instead I predicted that “Gay Rights Activists” would get the nod from Time Magazine as the most important and influential person/people of the year. Not a bad prediction but still, my money is on Malala.
My very favorite remaining pick – and one that I feel pretty good about – is Jimmy Fallon as Sexiest Man Alive.
He’s adorable, hilarious, universally popular and a new daddy. I think he is a shoe-in.
I’ll take my point now, thank you.
And I’ll still be in last place.
Over the years I’ve become quite accustomed to, let’s say, not being in the lead in the McLuxies competition.
Still, I love this time of year as we enter the home stretch and the last few categories are waiting to reveal themselves.
So now I’m inviting you to play along with us for the rest of the year.
Who do YOU think will compete in the World Series (and who will win), who will be chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and who will be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?
Leave your predictions in the comments and I will award a “major prize” to the person with the most points at the end of the year.
Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go start doing my research for the 2015 McLuxies.
Next year is going to be my year, I just know it! And the Cubs will surely win the World Series.Thanks for stopping by,
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