The young millionaire (pretax), as seen on his ESPN profile.|
Update: We put together a longer followup on Thompson's big win, which you can read over at CalLaw.com.
We predict Blake Thompson is about to become the most popular associate in San Francisco.
Thompson, who focuses on constitutional and civil rights law at Rosen, Bien & Galvan, just beat three other contestants to claim a $1 million grand prize in ESPN.com’s Streak for the Cash Pick-Off after correctly guessing the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) would win or tie with West Bromich Albion in a Football League Championship match today.
The objective of the fantasy game is to accumulate the longest winning streak by selecting the winning team or player ahead of the matchups. Today’s game ended in a 2-2 draw, according to ESPN’s online coverage of the competition, which started in April. Thompson’s final pick extended his winning streak to nine correct picks in a row, while the remaining three contestants — all of whom picked West Bromich Albion — all saw their streaks come to an end.
Thompson, who’s 31, picked 29 winners in a row in various sporting events to land himself in the finals. He previously won $10,000 and a trip to Connecticut this weekend to compete in the finals.
Rosen, Bien & Galvan partner Mike Bien said the 16-lawyer firm is excited: “We told him if he wants the weekend off, we get 50 percent,” Bien said (only half-joking, we’re sure).
Bien noted that Thompson applied his well-honed legal skills. “He did some research and was able to track things. The guy used his brains as much as his knowledge of sports.”
Thompson, a 2007 Boalt grad, could not be reached this afternoon to tell us what his plans are. But Bien has some ideas. Asked whether he expected Thompson to return to his civil rights practice, Bien said: “He’d better. He’s doing a very important brief for me that’s due in a couple of weeks.”
— Petra Pasternak