Steak Bets

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Steak Bets are formal bets wherein the victor claims a steak as his prize (as provided by the loser).

Origin

Steak bets originate from the second track on the comedy album Night Attack, titled High Steaks. It is here Brian portrays the future as from "a steak-centric universe." Among the multiple stark differences between this reality and our own, is that not only is it the social norm to use steaks as the only reward for bets, but it is the standard currency for future transactions.

Steak Debts

For accountability, the following is a breakdown of who currently owes who steaks.

Name Number Of Steaks Owed To Whom Pending Steaks
Brian Brushwood 3 Tom Merritt 0
Tom Merritt 0 n/a 0

Prominent Steak Bets

PDelahanty's Steak Offering

Source: N/A
Duration: N/A (27 October, 2011 & 31 October, 2011)
Instigator: Patrick Delahanty
Accepting Party: Brian Brushwood and Justin Robert Young
  • In direct response to the Night Attack album, Patrick mailed steaks to Brian and Justin (via Omaha Steaks) with cards that read "I laughed at your damn CD...so here are your steaks. Congratulations on 100 episodes of NSFW!"
Winner: Brian and Justin
  • Brian was sent "Sirloin Cap Stks Bcn Wrp 6/6oz" (delivered 3 November, 2011) Tweet
  • Justin was sent "Bacon Wrapped Filets 4/5 Oz" (delivered 8 November, 2011) Tweet

The Two Steak McGee Bet

Source: NSFW - Episode 104 (aftershow) [1]
Duration: 343 days (29 November, 2011 - 6 November, 2012)
Instigator: Justin Robert Young
Accepting Party: Brian Brushwood and C. Robert Cargill
  • Justin bets that Mitt Romney will win the 2012 presidential election, and will do so by more than 5%.
Winner: Brian and Cargill
  • The steaks were paid in full during SXSW on 10 March, 2013, 124 days after the bet concluded. The Rise of the Winter Draft Bet was also honored at this meeting of meat. [2][3][4]

The Great Maypril Fool Bet

Source: NSFW - Episode 126 [5]
Duration: 73 days (8 May, 2012 - 20 July, 2012)
Instigator: Justin Robert Young
Accepting Party: Brian Brushwood
  • Justin bets that Brian's May draft lineup will collectively gross less than $357,000,000.70 (domestic) by 20 July, 2012.
Winner: Brian
  • Brian won 26 days prior to the closing deadline by a margin of $20,067,504.30.
  • His May lineup earned a total of $377,067,505 (domestic) by the set deadline. The total crossed its target goal at approximately 3:18pm CDT, 24 June, 2012.
  • Steaks were honored on 2 September, 2012 during NSFW Episode 143 (live from Dragon*Con), 44 days after the bet concluded. Justin and Ashley Paramore presented the steak to Brian at the panel table, with silverware hand-delivered by the Xenomorph.

The Rise of the Winter Draft Bet

Source: Twitter @jontilton [6]
Duration: 118 days (26 September, 2012 - 22 January, 2013)
Instigator: Jon Tilton
Accepting Party: Justin Robert Young
  • Jon bets that Rise of the Guardians will gross more than $150 million (domestic) by the end of the 2012 winter draft season.
Winner: Justin
  • By the end of the draft, Rise of the Guardians grossed a domestic total of $99,762,146 and fell short of Jon's projection by $50,237,854.
  • The steak was paid in full during SXSW on 10 March, 2013, 47 days after the bet concluded. The Two Steak McGee Bet was also honored at this meeting of meat. [7][8][9]

The Foreseeing Internet Television Bet

Source: Frame Rate - Episode 95 [10]
Duration: 467 days (1 October, 2012 - 31 December, 2013)
Instigator: Brian Brushwood
Accepting Party: Tom Merritt
  • Brian bets that at "some time in 2013, we're going to have a story about a well known major cable network who offers an Internet-only version of subscription."
  • Tom firmly believes it won't happen until after 2013 (betting against his inherent expectations).
    • When the service goes live is of no concern to the bet, it is only the announcement that determines the victor.
    • Rumors are not admissible in the bet, it must be an official announcement.
    • Brian does not have insider information regarding his affiliation with the Discovery network.
Winner: Tom
  • No well known cable network offered an Internet-only version before the end of 2013.
  • HBO announced this kind of service on October 15, 2014.
  • The steak has yet to be honored.

The Steak Lee Bet

Source: Frame Rate - Episode 133 [11]
Duration: 30 days (22 July, 2013 - 21 August, 2013)
Instigator: Brian Brushwood
Accepting Party: Tom Merritt
Winner: Tom
  • By the end of the campaign, Spike Lee and 6,421 backers collectively raised $1,418,910. It funded 114% at $168,910 over the stated goal.
  • The steak has yet to be honored.

The Steaking Bad Bet

BREAKING BAD SPOILERS

Source: Frame Rate - Episode 141 [12]
Duration: 6 days (23 September, 2013 - 29 September, 2013)
Instigator: Brian Brushwood
Accepting Party: Tom Merritt
  • Brian bets double or nothing that the protagonist of Breaking Bad will survive the series finale. He expects a Dr. Horrible ending.
Winner: Tom
  • Walt perishes.
  • The steak was has yet to be honored.

2016 Winter Movie Draft Steak Bet

Source: Night Attack - Episode 149
Duration: 95 days (12 December, 2016 - 31 March, 2016)
Instigator: Justin Robert Young
Accepting Party: Brian Brushwood
  • Justin bets that Brian will not even come within $24.5 million of Team DTNS' gross in the 2016 Winter Movie Draft.
Winner: TBD

Lesser Known Steak Bets