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Charles Tillman doesn’t take kindly to math problem critical of the Bears (pic)

According to a thread on reddit, a teenage girl was doing some math homework at her father’s suburban Chicago “running store” at the same time Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was making an appearance to promote his charitable foundation. When the young lady came across one particular word problem, she just knew Tillman would have an opinion on it.

The word problem in question dealt with the probability of the hometown Bears beating its hated rival, the Green Bay Packers. The problem was phrased in a not-so-complimentary way as it pertained to the Bears’ likelihood of success:

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?

In light of the location of the school in suburban Chicago, one could say that the question from Round Lake Middle School math teacher John Amrein was in poor taste, if not completely inappropriate, at least in a provincial sense, a fact not lost on Tillman.

Of course, he was plenty displeased that such a word problem would be given to students attending school in the Greater Chicagoland Area. So much so, he penned a quick note to Mr. Amrein, right on the student’s homework (photo follows):

The transcription of Tillman’s “How Dare You” sternly worded missive:

Mr. Amrein,

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
Geaux Bears

P.S. Bear Down

Awesome. While a 100% probability of the Bears beating the Packers is most certainly a stretch — although he does point out he is merely expressing his opinion and not stating a mathematical fact — you have to love that Tillman actually took the time to take this math teacher to task.

But perhaps the most amusing aspect of this delightful story? Charles Tillman’s nickname is “Peanut.” That is all.

[via reddit, H/T Deadspin]