lieph82 wrote:Curious to hear Vermonter's thoughts on this one. Not sure what I'd do anymore.
Well... hindsight and all that... but in Brian's place I wouldn't have bet the extra buck. The tiebreaker would likely come down to a buzzer race. I like his chances in that scenario.
We know from this group that many people have psychological, even emotional difficulty with wagering the way Christine did. It is tough
to step aside and passively let fate take its course. We want the illusion of control. We want to "bet on ourselves". If things go wrong, we at least want viewers to understand our decision... and to admire it.
Maybe Brian sussed out the situation that way, either viscerally or analytically. There's no way Christine's betting nothing. Better guard against her betting it all. Christine's gutsy DDs might even have pointed to that interpretation. Could this damn-the-torpedoes bet-the-mortgage player really hit the brakes and come to a full stop just because that's a savvy move?
Turns out she could and did. Her DDs were not reckless but cunning. they showed a savvy situational awareness and a willingness to do what she had to do without flinching. And if she ever felt that what she had to do was nothing, nothing is what she would do. Brian should have considered that as a possible interpretation and held back the extra dollar.
My own suspicion is that Brian didn't really consider the downside to his bet until the results were in. I could be completely wrong, of course. But at the end of the game, he looked like a guy who was only just realizing what he'd done to himself.
This was tough to watch because Brian seemed like TOC material. In 4 out of 5 parallel universes, Brian got away with his wager and went on to become a superchamp. In another 999 parallel universes, the game went exactly the same right up to that last DD. But in those 999 parallel universes, he wasn't facing Christine. Instead, he was facing a) an opponent who bet everything on that DD but got it wrong (1 universe), or b) an opponent who failed to bet it all on that DD (998 universes). Either way, except for the universes in which he faced Christine, Brian went into FJ with a lock.
Oh, and in one parallel universe, TFPTB didn't institute their benighted misbegotten cretinous no-tie rule. I want to travel to that universe and find out whether Brian bet the extra dollar. Anybody interested in sharing cab fare? (Fair warning: don't count on me helping with the cost of a return trip.)