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# Offtop 8/24/09 - The Bet

As many may know, on September 16, 2008, Robert made a bet with Jeff:

First, let's clearly define the conditions for Robert to win. At the end of play on August 31st, the Mariners will have played 132 games, making .500 a 66-66 record. At 132 games played, the Mariners can't be exactly 5 games over or under .500. The closest they can come (without going over/under either way) is 4 games.

Some examples to help clarify:

A record of 68-64 is 4 games over .500. 69-63 is 6 games over, which is greater than the stipulated range of 5. So the upper limit for Robert to win is 68-64.

Similarly, a record of 64-68 is 4 games below .500. 63-69 is 6 games under. Therefore, the lower limit for Robert's victory is 64-68.

To simplify, the Mariners need to be in the range of 64-68 wins at the end of the day on August 31st for Robert to become a mod for the month of September. If the Mariners fall outside of that range, higher or lower, Robert gets cockpunched by the sexy people.

Tonight, the Mariners beat the Athletics to raise their record to 64-61. Robert is now in victory territory, and can no longer lose by the Mariners losing too many games.

There are 7 games remaining in August. The schedule is as follows:

The Mariners can win a maximum of 4 of these 7 for Robert to win. If there is any solace to those who fear the reign of Robert, this is a pretty weak schedule overall. It's not hard to imagine the Ms taking 5 of these games.

I, for one, welcome our new Robert overlords.

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