Update On The McLuxies

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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.

2014 McLuxies

2014 McLuxies Scoresheet

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.

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  1. I know I’ve told you before, but I love that you all play this game.

    I still need to read Malala’s book. Did you read it?
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  2. I think you should get triple points for Jimmy Fallon because… Jimmy Fallon.

    I want to know what the winner gets.
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    • That’s exactly what I’m saying, Susan! Kind of a done deal don’t you think?
      Up until last year there was no trophy; the only “award” for winning was bragging rights for the year. Then my son found a completely wacky trophy that he thought was perfect. I’ll include a picture of the trophy when I do my wrap-up post for 2014.
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  3. Oh – I remember you post in January – so cool to see how things are going!
    Glad you didn’t make us read the graphic – my eyes are old and I refuse to wear reading glasses.
    I’m rooting for the Royals to win the World Series since they almost our local team!
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    • I would love for the Royals to win, too, Kim because a) they are not the Cardinals and b) they haven’t won for a very, very long time! It would be nice for someone else to have the chance to celebrate, right?
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  4. Mo, thanks for the update. I absolutely loved this idea when you posted it earlier in the year and how it ties you all together throughout the year.
    Good luck down the home straight
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  5. What fun!!

    Who do YOU think will compete in the World Series (and who will win)…St. Louis vs Royals…Cards will win.

    Who will be chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive? Ben Affleck…have you seen ” Gone Girl”?

    And, who will be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year? Sadly, ISIS…shouldn’t be…

    Have a fantastic week, Mo!! xoxo
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  6. World Series – St. Louis I think they are still in and local boy is their pitcher.

    Sexiest Man – Sean Connery I say that because I have no clue and he is hot

    Influential – I think you are right with your new pick, it could be some Ebola doctor but as long as it isn’t a politician, actor or traitor I’m good with that

  7. I’m with you on Malala, but Jimmy Fallon? I guess I’ve never thought about him that way. He’s cute and “all that,” but sexy? Hmmm.
    I just love an intellectual family and one that doesn’t throw balls at each other all day.
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  8. I have to go with the Orioles for the World Series, because that’s my home team. I have no clue about the other two, but I will go with your picks and hope you win. I would be doing worse than you are, Mo, but it still sounds like so much fun!
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    • For some reason my reply to Leslie Ann also got posted as a reply to you…please disregard the email if you get one!
      Anyway… I’ve always liked the Orioles because I love Cal Ripken Jr. The final two categories always are the toughest for me and take a long time to even come up with a guess! Then I see someone else’s prediction and I’m like – Shoot! I should have thought of that!
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  9. Since the Red Sox (remember them?) aren’t in contention, who cares? LOVE the thought of Ben winning sexiest. Have to agree that Jimmy is a cutey pie but sexy? ISIS is troubling as Times Person of the Year – would rather go with Pope Francis.

  10. I agree with Jimmy Fallon for sexiest man – he’s got everything going for him this year.
    Next year: I predict Stephen Colbert as he’ll be all the rage as the Late Show host (I’ll take my points now 🙂
    Time person: toss up between Malala and the Pope. I think the nod will go to Malala (deservedly so) and Pope Francis will have his shot next year.
    World Series: I’m a football lover and enjoy basketball, hockey etc. I don’t even know who’s in!

    • Thank you, Debbie. Others don’t seem to see what we see. I might steal your Stephen Colbert pick for next year in the unlikely event that Jimmy Fallon doesn’t win this year.
      Hahaha! I just looked it up and discovered that Pope Francis was last year’s Person of the Year.
      So Malala it is!
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  11. Mo! I love this. So fun. I am totally with you about Jimmy Fallon. Love him. I’m also with you for the Time Person of the Year. What an incredibly impressive young woman. Counting the minutes until our next lunch. Hope you caught the interview of the century… Teresa and Joe.

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE the McLuxies update!! I LOVED that post!! I can’t believe you are trailing the pack. How does Jerry do it? He’s running away with it!!

    I’m going with the Royals for the World Series….Benedict Cumberbatch for Sexiest Man Alive….and Malala for the Person of the Year.

    2015 will be your year, Mo!! You will put an end to Jerry’s run!! –Lisa
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