NOTE: This page has not yet been updated to reflect milestones from the 2015 game, of which there are many.
Some notable Last Man milestones:
- Kyle Whelliston’s personal best time: 4 days, 2 hours, 49 minutes (in 2010)
- David McDowell’s personal best time: 3 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes (in 2014)
- Brendan Loy’s personal best time: 2 days, 13 hours, 54 minutes (in 2013)
- John Carney’s personal best time: 2 days, 10 hours, ~45 minutes (in 2013)
However, all of these milestones pale in comparison to the all-time record holder, J. Scott Fitzwater, a #LastMan Hall of Famer whose record spans multiple years.
On the flip side, Rhett Butler is believed to hold the record for the shortest game of Last Man ever. In 2012, he refrained from watching the Super Bowl, only to obtain The Knowledge a mere 8 seconds after it ended (and thus 8 seconds after Last Man officially began) when, from his “study cave,” he overheard his wife — who had been “watching for the commercials” — whooping and hollering about the winning team.
What about the most interesting “cause of death” — i.e., manner of learning The Knowledge — in Last Man history? That’s a subjective question, of course, but two leading candidates are surely Death by Valparaiso Student Section (when Kyle Whelliston, then a prominent college basketball writer, was sabotaged by a group of students at the Butler-Valpo game holding a sign with the final score of the Super Bowl on it) and Death by Black History Month Conversation (as detailed in the TLDR podcast, J. Scott Fitzwater obtained The Knowledge in 2014 during small talk at a restaurant when, without warning, someone mentioned that a black quarterback had won the Super Bowl during Black History Month. Peyton Manning, as you may know, is not black.)