Looks like Cortland Finnegan is going to run away with yesterday's matchup, at least at the time of writing this. It was pretty close through the first twelve hours or so, but it looks like a lot of people don't really play Madden games, or video games in general. I doubt he'll make it past his third round opponent though (again, providing he wins.) Blackouts just seems to be deceptively strong right now, which is something I didn't anticipate, seeing as we generally don't have to deal with blackout woes.
Today, we've got the only sixteen-seed remaining, which knocked out the number one-seed "Player 'X' Is A Beast". I thought that one was going to crush "Player 'X' Being A Bust After One Season," but I like that it didn't. It's up against "Players Doing Stupid Things", which is sort of an all-encompassing thing.
So make the jump to read the descriptions of the participants for today, read full results from the opening round of the bracket, view the entire bracket. But first: remember, we are voting on what we believe to be the absolute worst thing of the two. If you're voting in a worst food contest, and you like pizza more than hamburgers, you would then vote for hamburgers in that matchup. Get it? Got it? Good. Make the jump.
(16) Player 'X' Being A Bust After One Season
This one really gets on my nerves because ... well, it's just harsh. They're rookies, maybe they have jitters, maybe they didn't get all the time they needed in the offseason, maybe a lot of things. Rookies do not always come into the league and dominate. There are rules, and then there are exceptions to the rule. There's no reason to call a guy a bust after one season unless he plays like Jimmy Clausen or something.
Oh or Michael Crabtree. Because that guy is a total bust. He isn't a team player and hates Alex Smith. And nuns. And veils. And rosaries. And crosses. Basically just nunnery in general.
(8) Players Doing Stupid Things
This one might be seeded too low, considering all the things it encompasses. Thankfully, the number of players who end up in jail for killing dogs or the number of players accused of rape is pretty low ... but even one is too much. You have those awful things that just reflect poorly on the NFL in all ways, and then, of course, you have people like Plaxico Burress who shoot themselves like idiots. Or you have Brandon Marshall, who has several domestic disputes with his girlfriend, then marries her, then gets stabbed by her. Good show, Marshall. You haveDez Bryant being arrested for wearing his pants a certain way. Look, players are not stupid as a whole. But there are some that just do stupid things. Those players should be ridiculed unmercifully for doing them.
Day 40: Finnegan Not Getting Beaten Up More versus NFL's Exclusive License With EA -
Day 39: Blackouts versus Players Celebrating When Down Big - 229-185
Day 38: Garth DeFelice def. Daniel Snyder - 181-67
Day 37: Brett Favre's Media Whoring def. Fans That Take It Too Far - 201-90
Day 36: Player 'X' Is A Football Player def. Chris Berman's Mannerisms- 128-60
Day 35: Prevent Defense def. Twitter Beefs - 198-76
Day 34: New Referee Rule Limiting No Huddle def. Seahawks Alternates - 187-161
Day 33: Cowyboys Being Referred To As "America's Team" def. Rookie Holdouts - 340-112
Day 32: Score, Commercial, Kickoff, Commercial def. Wins Being A Quarterback Stat - 151-52
Day 31: Under .500 Teams Making The Playoffs/Hosting def. Super Bowl Circus Week - 121-100
Day 30: Divas def. Kinda/Sorta Sudden Death Overtime - 155-100
Day 29: The Brady Six def. The New Schedule of the NFL Draft - 159-96
Day 28: Joe Buck def. New England Cheatriots - 187-165
Day 27: Racial Profiling a Player's Skillset def. Name Value MVPs - 122-102
Day 26: Undeserving Pro Bowlers def. Peter King - 182-66
Day 25: The Brady Rule def. Expensive Beer - 196-105
Day 24: Pro Bowl Being A Total Joke def. New Cowboys Stadium - 251-108
Day 23: The Tuck Rule def. God Cares Way Too Much About Football - 157-136
Day 22: New Kickoff Rule def. The Dancing Robot on FOX - 240-152
Day 21: Al Davis Drafting Like He's Being Advised By Ricky Bobby def. Matt Millen - 186-128
Day 20: Less Cheerleaders def. Joe Theismann - 182-139
Day 19: Tanking The Season To Draft Andrew Luck def. Need To Look At The Film - 152-119
Day 18: Players Doing Stupid Things def. Rashard Mendenhall's Twitter Account - 129-55
Day 17: Player 'X' Being A Bust After One Season def. Player 'X Is A Beast - 209-39
Day 16: Cortland Finnegan def. Frank Gore's Love For Moran Norris - 191-145
Day 15: NFL's Exclusive License With EA def. Super Bowl Halftime Shows - 161-139
Day 14: Players Celebrating When Down Big def. Being A "Poor Man's" Something - 244-35
Day 13: TV Blackouts def Player 'X' Always Being Wide Open - 253-43
Day 12: Garth DeFelice def. Donovan McNabb And Overtime Rules - 207-48
Day 11: Daniel Snyder def. Rex Ryan's Foot Fetish - 126-76
Day 10: Fans That Take It Too Far def Franchise Tag - 231-42
Day 9: Brett Favre's Media Whoring def. New AFC and NFC Championship Trophies - 293-39
Day 8: Player 'X' Is A Football Player def. Player 'X' Is A Future Hall Of Famer - 194-96
Day 7: Chris Berman's Mannerisms def. The Many Faces of Philip Rivers - 188-185
Day 6: Prevent Defense def. Wildcat Formation - 296-65
Day 5: Twitter Beefs def Madden Curse - 125-108
Day 4: New Referee Rule Limiting No Huddle def. Icing The Kicker - 180-116
Day 3: Seahawks Alternates def. Buccaneers Loser Uniforms - 328-118
Day 2: Rookie Holdouts def. Week 16, 17 Byes - 266-65
Day 1: "America's Team" def. "New York FOOTBALL Giants" - 428-40