• Firms

    Let’s Play a Game of ‘Who Would Win in a Fight’ Accounting Edition

    By | April 19, 2017

    As you may have heard, busy season is over for many miserable accountants across the country. If you failed to get that memo, it’s time to avert your eyes from that spreadsheet and get some sleep, you’re obviously brain-dead and completely disconnected from the real world. Sorry.

    Rather than wallow in busy season gone by, we thought now would be a good time to play a game: Who Would Win in a Fight? Ready to play? Let’s go.

    Benjamin Bankes vs. Barry Melancon

    Benjamin Bankes
    Benjamin Bankes

    Strengths: probably fights like an animal. As a champion for financial literacy, he likely has quite a bit of money in savings, which means he could easily purchase a large cache of semi-automatic weapons and armor if needed.

    Weaknesses: if you ever smashed a piggy bank as a child, you already know.

    Barry Melancon
    Barry Melancon

    Strengths: ???

    Weaknesses: Most likely doughy like an undercooked tray of Pillsbury crescent rolls. More interested in recruiting more AICPA members than defending his honor with his fists.

    Bob Moritz vs. The Bobs from Office Space

    Bob Moritz
    Bob Moritz

    Strengths: The power of PwC ego gives him mild super strengths.

    Weaknesses: Knows he’s pretty, might be too busy trying to guard his precious face from damage to get any good punches in.

    Bobs from Office Space
    Bobs from Office Space

    Strengths: As corporate drones, they’re pretty oblivious to everything, meaning they could get punched right in the face and likely not notice.

    Weaknesses: See above. They might not even realize they’re in a fight.

    Jim Turley vs. Jim Doty

    Jim Turley
    Jim Turley

    Strengths: Jim Turley once beat down a giant spider in the snack room at 5 Times Square with his bare meat paws, that $100% happened.

    Weaknesses: Now that he’s retired, he just doesn’t care.

    Jim Doty
    Jim Doty

    Strengths: As head of the PCAOB, he can make your life miserable if you’re an auditor.

    Weaknesses: Is a lover, not a fighter.

    Mid-tier matchup: Joe Adams vs. Jim Powers

    Joe Adams
    Joe Adams

    Strengths: Probably wrestled several cows to the ground when he was growing up.

    Weaknesses: Midwesterners are notorious for being polite to the point of obnoxiousness, would probably avoid a fight and instead suggest they talk it out over brats and a Tab.

    Jim Powers
    Jim Powers

    Strengths: Could definitely take you in a fight.

    Weaknesses: Is too busy promoting Crowe Horwath as a viable alternative to Big 4 to train for a serious fight.

    KPMG partners who leaked PCAOB inspection details vs. PwC partners who screwed up the Oscars

    KPMG partners
    KPMG partners

    Strengths: They all got fired and completely embarrassed the firm, so they no longer care about their reputations. Will probably play dirty and get insider information on their opponents’ weaknesses.

    Weaknesses: Leaking information. They’ll probably tell the partners they’re fighting about their physical shortcomings so their opponents can better prepare to kick their asses.

    Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan
    Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan

    Strengths: Seeing as they totally humiliated themselves, they are likely eager to prove their worth and win in something, anything, even an impromptu street fight in the alley against other public accounting partners.

    Weaknesses: Still horrified that they screwed up the one job they had, are likely too overcome with guilt and deep feelings of failure to fight right now.

    Save

    • Big4Veteran

      I like the concept idea of this article, but I think it needs more refinement. The next article in this series should be “Who would you rather…”, which pits the hot babes of the accounting industry, both past and present, against each other. That would be quite some tournament, including the likes of Martha Ruiz, Jim Turley, Scott London, that one female Big 4 CEO (I forgot her name), Colin Newquist* and Veruca James.

      *I apologize if I misspelled Colin’s last name.

      • Susan S. Coffey, CPA, CGMA is grand champion of that game IMHO https://www.aicpa.org/About/Leadership/Pages/Susan_Coffey_Bio.aspx

        • Big4Veteran

          She would definitely deserve a spot in the draw, and probably a high seed as well.

      • Andrew Que

        Also need a ‘who would win’ for the regulars on here. Sorry Big4V, I have you losing in an upset to the kid who wants to start his own CPA firm with 2 years of experience.