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Man’s attempt at being the last to know the score of the Super Bowl thwarted by rogue email

Feb 6, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT


Every year beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, a dedicated group of gaming enthusiasts take part in a competition to see who among them can go the longest without learning the final score of the Super Bowl. They call it Last Man, and it was invented by Kyle Whelliston in 1989. Whelliston later founded the basketball blog MidMajority.

One of the participants, Brendan Loy, was having a quality run in Last Man this year. He went almost three full days without knowing the score of the Super Bowl, until a story about him ran in Business Insider that shed light on his unique situation.

And that’s when a rogue email took him out. Disguised as a work email with a benign subject head, it simply read when opened, “Ravens won 34-31. #Lastman”. I bet Loy was all, “SABOTEUR! DO YOU EXIST JUST TO DESTROY ME!?!”

Here are Brendan’s secrets to avoiding the score of the Super Bowl. (NOTE: People who are oblivious to the sporting world don’t need to read this part. But then why would you be here?).

“It changes day to day, and I’m only on my second day here but on Monday, you have to be very careful with newspapers, because every newspaper is going to have it on the front page. So you have to be aware of newspaper boxes, convenience stores, anything like that you have to be sure to be sort of thinking ahead to okay, I know there’s newspaper boxes so I cant look there, I know there’s a break room in my office, and there’s the Post on my table so I have to be careful not to look at that, stay away from the break room.

“Also, you want to like stay away from human interaction as much as possible, because people talk a lot about it the day after. I had my door closed all day.”

Alas, he was cut down by technology. If he were really serious he would put in earplugs and blindfold himself to remove all senses that could learn the score of the game, and then maybe go insane in a small room until they tell him he won. It’s a legitimate strategy, man.

  1. jimguida - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    “Until they tell him he won.” Except it would be the only other guy left in the game who would tell him he won and then the other guy would eventually win, not having let his guard down. I just thank God that I use my amazing intellect for good!

  2. manchestermiracle - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Too easy to cheat. How do you prove you don’t know something? I mean other than being a member of Congress. Best chance: Assigned to patrol the Antarctic on a dog sled.