Mr. Amrein, an eighth grade teacher at a Chicago public school, probably never thought that he would receive a personal letter from a Bears player. But after a student named Casey Bridge approached cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman at a fundraiser with a question about a specific math problem.
"The Packers play the Bears 4 times in two seasons. The Packers, being a much better team, have an 80% chance of winning each game. What is the probability that the Bears win all four games? What is the probability that the Bears win at least one game?"
Obviously, as a Bears player for nine seasons, Tillman didn't appreciate the problem one bit. In fact, "Peanut" even wrote him a letter to express his dislike and even put in a little threat at the end (see Picture 2).
This is Charles "Peanut" Tillman of the Chicago Bears and I'm shocked that you would have a problem like this for your students. The probability that the Bears would win in my opinion is 100%. Please do not and I repeat DO NOT send them home with math homework that is disrespectful to our team, city and our beloved Chicago Bears.
Your All Pro Corner
Charles "Peanut" Tillman
P.S. Bear Down
Casey ended up receiving an A on the assignment and no homework for the rest of the week. As for Mr. Amrein? According to Casey, he thought it was very funny and "only gave the problem 'based on statistics.'" Yeah, OK, good to hear you say that now with your metaphorical tail tucked between your legs.
[via NBC Chicago]