March means erratic weather, boozy St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and above all things, people filling out brackets because of college basketball or something. Out of it, a trend seems to have emerged of pop culture-loving websites making pop culture-focused brackets. Here are three alternatives for those who don’t feel like weighing in on sports right now.
Grantland’s "Smacketology" Bracket
After last month’s "Souper Bowl," in which Clam Chowder knocked out Lobster Bisque for soupy supremacy (soupremacy?), the folks from the Lair of Simmons are back with another bracket in time for the NCAA Tournament. This time, it’s about The Wire because of course it is.
In "Smacketology," a vote to determine the greatest character of the Greatest TV Drama of the 21st Century So Far, Team Grantland puts Omar Little and Stringer Bell, the Duke and North Carolina of this equation, in No. 1-seed spots. Our prediction? Smacketology goes to President Obama’s favorite Wire character—Omar, the badass gay stick-up artist played by Michael K. Williams, who last month, singlehandedly brought marriage equality to the state of Maryland. Voting in Smacketology goes through the end of the week.
Vulture’s Drama Derby
Man, the past quarter-century was really great for TV dramas. Vulture thinks so too, hence their "Drama Derby," a vote to determine the best television drama of the past 25 years. Contenders are as varied as the premium cable mainstays (The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood) to sci-fi-con favorites (Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), from AMC (Mad Men, Breaking Bad) to network giants (Mad Men, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, LOST). Notable omissions: 24, ER, Homicide, Big Love, Weeds. Biggest (welcome, we guess) surprise: My So-Called Life! Although it got crushed by The Wire in round one. Let the debate-baiting begin.
Sound of the City’s Search for the Quintessential New York Musician
The Village Voice’s Sound of the City blog is getting ambitious with their culture bracket, trying to determine which musician of the past half-century-plus (since the Voice‘s inception in 1955) best embodies, well, the sound of the city. One-seeds are varied but clear top-of-the-list picks: Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, the Ramones, John Coltrane. Filling the bracket out are everyone from Laura Nyro to Wu-Tang to Biggie to Laurie Anderson to the Fugs to Lisa Lisa. There will probably be some really terrible defenses in the comments section, but also some amazing ones. None of them are wrong.
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