Thursday, November 29, 2007

Would You Rather: Championship vs Money

I never really realized how ridiculously insane contestants were on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal and shows of that ilk until I really thought about exactly what they were doing. On Who Wants to be a Millionaire, there were levels of guaranteed money at $1,000 and $32,000. When the question was asked to get to the $32,000 level, the contestant had already won $16,000 and was essentially risking $15,000 of their own money to win $16,000. Statistically not a bad deal if you could narrow down the choices, but on any other day and in any other place, would these contestants agree to do this? If Howie Mandel walked up to you on the street and asked you to wager 50 grand on picking a random suitcase to win $60,000, who of you would do it? Suspense, adrenaline, and the rush of realizing you could make more in a half hour than you've made in 10 years changes people.

Now say you're sitting in the bar, watching the Super Bowl/Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Jeff Reed/Sidney Crosby is about to take a 55 yard field goal/penalty shot in overtime that could bring a championship back to the 'burgh. With your adrenaline pumping and a few beers under, Howie Mandel walks up to you and puts a suitcase on the seat next to you with $5,000 in it. He says you get the suitcase if the Steelers/Penguins lose, if they win you get nothing. Which outcome do you root for?

Poll Closes at Noon Friday. Results will be put in the Weekend Post.

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