NOTE TO SELF: Do not undertake anything like this ever again. There’s a reason I don’t partake in any sports pools at work – they’re tedious. Creating and maintaining something similar is no less time-consuming.
That having been said, it’s been interesting and it’s been fun. There have been definite upsets; there have been close calls. Some rankings I got right (the Round Outs battle is between the first and second seeds); some I blew completely (or the Wild Cards lived up to their unexpected expectations). I might have had different (and more varied) outcomes in my mind, but I can’t wait to create the ultimate Final Foursome’s group shot when this is over.
Remember to vote as much as you’d like… and tell your friends!
(For Round 2 of the Head Honchos bracket, click here. For Round 2 of the Second Bananas bracket, click here. For Round 2 of the Round Outs bracket, click here.)
THE WILD CARDS (Round 1 Results)
– Considering the licks the rest of the Seinfeld gang took (save George), it was of little surprise that Cosmo Kramer (#1) was defeated by Miranda Hobbes (#16), 48-23. (This was the largest vote turnout of all.) For those keeping tabs, Seinfeld has one representative; Sex and the City has two.
– Kenny McCormick (#2) outlives the Cowardly Lion (#15), with a score of 19-5. South Park sweeps; The Wizard of Oz sneaks in one.
– Ringo Starr (#3) knocks out Po (#14), 35-7. That makes The Beatles 4; Teletubbies 0.
– The next one would have been a tough choice for me, but it wasn’t as close as I thought. Winston Zeddemore (#13) blasts H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (#4) with a 17-10 win. The Ghostbusters join The Beatles and the South Park kids, with the entire foursome making it into Round 2; The A-Team has two.
– Another Sunny character, and the inspiration for this category (actually, this entire Awesome Battle was inspired by the Sunny crew), Charlie Day (#5) walks away with a victory against Mike Nesmith (#12), 26-12. Make that two for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and only one for The Monkees.
– The Human Torch (#6) barely blasts past Ellen DeGeneres (#11), 11-9. There’s only one rep each from The Fantastic Four and the American Idol judges.
– Danny Baldwin (#7) and his run-ins with the law didn’t stand a chance against the 8-bit shorty, Toad (#10). It’s a blow out at 26-2. One Baldwin Brother and three characters from Super Mario Bros. 2 advance to Round 2.
– This one was Turtle vs. “Turtle,” and Turtle won out. Michelangelo (#8) defeats Salvatore Assante (#9), 19-8.
(For Round 2 of the Head Honchos bracket, click here. For Round 2 of the Second Bananas bracket, click here. For Round 2 of the Wild Cards bracket, click here.)
The Round Outs bracket had a few surprises, and a couple of blow-outs. Plus, it allowed some foursomes to be represented for the first time, and it marked the third winner in a row for some groups.
THE ROUND OUTS (Round 1 Results)
– Eric Cartman (#1) continues South Park’s success at making it to Round 2. He defeated Laa-Laa easily (at the time of this posting), 29-1.
– B.A. Baracus (#2) wiped out Stephen Baldwin (#15), 16-3, making him the second A-Team member in Round 2.
– Much like the kids from South Park, the kids from Liverpool are cleaning up. George Harrison (#3) used Peter Tork (#14) like a mop, 19-1.
– Donatello (#4) became the second Ninja Turtle in Round 2, knocking out the Tin Man (#13), 11-5.
– Princess Toadstool (#5) was the only character I used to defeat Super Mario Bros. 2 (because she floated). Alas, she sunk Johnny “Drama” Chase (#12), one of the Chase Bros. if you will, 12-4.
– The American Idol judges finally have someone on the board! Kara DioGuardi (#11) upsets Elaine Benes (#6), 22-9.
– The same thing goes for my favorite show on television right now! Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (#10) makes It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ring true. She defeats Sex and the City’s Charlotte York (#7) barely at 10-8.
– Another bracket champ so far! Egon Spengler (#8) makes it three Ghostbusters still hanging in there. He defeats The Thing (#9), 15-5. Things aren’t looking too fantastic for the Marvel heroes.
This bracket provided only one upset. Much like in the Head Honcho bracket, my love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia did not transcend to your votes. Or perhaps I underestimated the Scarecrow’s fan base. Either way, The Wizard of Oz had enough heart to give, and the Scarecrow (#13) beat Mac (#4) overwhelmingly (at the time of this posting), 41-9.
Here are the other voting results (two were very close, one was a blow out):
Paul McCartney (#1) vs. Dipsy (#16) – 15-5
Raphael (#2) vs. Billy Baldwin (#15) – 19-4
Templeton “Faceman” Peck (#3) vs. Micky Dolenz (#14) – 13-7
Samantha Jones (#5) vs. Luigi Mario (#12) – 13-12
Kyle Broflovski (#6) vs. Eric Murphy (#11) – 20-7
George Costanza (#7) vs. The Invisible Woman (#10) – 13-12
Ray Stantz (#8) vs. Randy Jackson (#9) – 31-4
Round 2 of the Second Bananas might contain some of the toughest match-ups. Let’s go!
Some of these upsets I did not see coming. But just like the NCAA tournament system this is based on, upsets are what make it interesting.
THE HEAD HONCHOS (Round 1 Results)
– First dead Beatle John Lennon (#1) was pitted against the biggest Teletubby, Tinky Winky, and rightfully so, Lennon won (at the time of this posting), 34-15.
– Moneybags/sour puss Simon Cowell (#2) lost in the first upset of the competition to the Entourage’s nougat center, Vincent Chase (#15). Not quite a blow-out at 27-17.
– There must be a fair amount of animosity being held against Jerry Seinfeld (#3) for his awful Marriage Ref show. I didn’t think enough people would remember The Monkees, let alone the group’s breakout heartthrob, Davy Jones (#14) to help him scrape by a win at 24-21.
– The next one was not even close. Peter Venkman (#4) blew Dorothy Gale (#13) all the way back to Oz with a 47-2 win.
– This one breaks my heart a little bit. Maybe if the movie remake was already out (and it didn’t suck), John “Hannibal” Smith (#5) would have defeated mushroom-addict, Mario Mario (#12). Instead, the double-monickered one won, 19-13.
– Alec Baldwin (#6) and Ninja Turtle Leonardo (#11) are a lot alike, if you take away the green color, shell, swords, and business suit. Don’t believe me? Imagine it. The green one loses to the hairy one, 31-17.
– One’s made of paper and one’s made of elastic (kind of). Stan Marsh (#7) pulls out a victory against Mr. Fantastic (#10), 27-6.
– This battle was upsetting to me. I love It’s Always Sunny in California, and I’m rather indifferent to Sex and the City. For those that voted, the opposite must have been true. Carrie Bradshaw (#9) beats Dennis Reynolds (#8), 26-19.