I knew the fix was in the minute I arrived at the most recent Wallstrip shootout. I just didn’t know how they were going to do it. This video shows how the victory was stolen from me. I am vindicated.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. bijan

    That was so funny.You are right though. that was fixed.and i’m still the defending champ 🙂

  2. Jim Larrison

    It is completely ridiculous to decide a tiebreaker by having someone guess how much money is in someone’s pants pocket. This isn’t ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ it is a legit contest and should be treated as such. This Blackberry Challenge is a competition based solely on skill and experience and has nothing to do with luck.There should never have been a question of the contest being rigged, which it clearly was, if the event organizers had put together a real tie-breaker skill contest.If they need some ideas for a tie-breaker, here are a few from the top of my head:-Posting on a blog from a Blackberry-Reading a long email and replying with an intelligent ‘No not interested response’-Opening a large Excel attachment and finding the total run rate of a business.-Checking a stock price -Or even writing a note to someone without being noticed.Now, that is a real contest. We want a rematch!

  3. howardlindzon

    Canada vs. US in the next one and winner will be paid in canadian dollars for sure.some good ideas below by the way for tiebreakers

  4. Michael Bailey

    Clearly, one of those two were using steroids – I think there should be some mandatory testing in ’08.

    1. fredwilson

      I think they were also on beta blockers

    2. Gcnno


  5. Andy Swan

    We’ve all seen this before.1) Lose2) Claim it was riggedNow…..3) Gain 30 pounds, grow a beard and find a new “cause”4) Setup companies designed to profit from your new cause5) Win Nobel “Peace” PrizeMuch better than the alternative of winning.

    1. fredwilson


  6. Fred333

    I looked fixed to me.

  7. Robert Seidman

    I heard Sorkin was taking huge doses of HGH in the weeks leading up to the competition. I think there should be blood testing next year.

  8. Kendal H

    Fred, you do not watch enough price is right. If he guessed 26, and you thought it was higher, the logical guess would have been 27! Come on… should have been all over that!

  9. Ross Dunn

    I love it! But I do wonder whether I heard a french judge in the background… that would explain a lot.Oddly Fred I have been reading your column for a long time and never knew that much about you or what you look like. It is good to see the man behind the words. Especially in a Miss Blackberry pageant 😀

  10. JP

    Dude, why didn’t you chose either $27 or $25?

  11. simon

    hahah thats some funny video

  12. Gcnno

    I like it

  13. A3Munier

    allright, back to oblivion with bells again;)…