In honor of March, the bracket-iest month of the year, The Wire decided to go all out and create a tournament for everything. Every weekday for the rest of the month, we're presenting a different tournament to determine the very best (or worst) thing in a given field. And we're doing it the way that God intended: Bracket showdowns.
We picked the field, but you vote for the winner. Fill out our interactive bracket, round-by-round, to determine the people's champion, then read through our choices to find out who we think is the best of the best. Each day is a new champion!
Today it begins! The original March Madness bracket that inspired our month of epic contests tips off at noon on the hardwood. But another, more important contest begins at the same time.
Since Thursday is such an important day on the real sports calendar, we decided to make today's bracket about real sports... and the equipment that makes it possible. Every sport needs a ball, and the character and design of that ball reflects the character of the sport itself. Do you like your games light and fluffy? Tough and leathery? Or rock hard and lethally dangerous? We ranked the most popular sports balls by all the qualities that make a good ball: roundness, bounciness, flight capabilities, and potential for serious injury. Go team!