There we have it. Our Elite Eight is set with Vulture's Drama Derby taking on Fug Madness, and underdogs Foreign Policy and Forbes battling for the final two spots in our Final Four. And sadly that means bidding farewell to those who didn't make it out of the first round-- so thanks for playing Garden and Gun, MTV, Grantland and Slate.
Despite a valiant effort from the sixth-seeded Garden & Gun bracket of Southern Food, the Fug Girls' Fug Madness rode the sartorial missteps of Lindsay Lohan and her ilk to the Elite Eight. The Garden & Fug matchup garnered the most attention from our voters, but around 60 percent of those went Fug Madness's way. Vulture's Drama Derby was relatively untested in the first round putting away Slate's Mascot blog by grabbing nearly 67 percent of the vote.
This section of the bracket was made for underdogs. In the previous round, Foreign Policy took out the very-popular MTV Music Madness. It wasn't even close as Foreign Policy grabbed nearly 74 percent of the vote. Fellow underdog Forbes' Jargon Madness squeaked by Grantland's competition to find the best Wire character, even though Grantland was riding the momentum of an Obama-sparked debate.
Unapologetic and at times downright funny (look us in the eye and tell us a Merkel/Lagarde scrum doesn't strike some kind of wonky funny bone), Foreign Policy has overseen Benjamin Netanyahu take out President Obama in the second round, and witnessed the late entry of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continue his magical run to the quarterfinals. "Following up on his surprise substitution for Ahmadinejad into Round 1, the Ayatollah Rock'n'Rolla steam-rolled through this one leaving the Burmese leader sulking back to Naypyidaw with his tail between his legs," writes the team at Foreign Policy.
Over at Forbes, you won't find words like Naypyidaw. And though the competition is over, what they lack in excitement they more than make up for in ubiquity and conversation starters. Though the competition closed in January, we still haven't figured out what it is that bugs us when we receive an e-mail containing the words "reach out" or "drinking the Kool-Aid" (cliches? weird images of hands?) and we guessing that this bracket's popularity hinges on the fact that you don't know (but are happy to discuss) either.
So which bracket will it be? Dying to figure out If Merkel comes out on top? Or are you just dying at the thought of how abominable the expression, "lots of moving parts" is?
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