Brad Evans rising to the top in Matthew Berry Region!
By Tom McFeeley
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March Madness takes many forms. Of course, most think of epic upsets that rip apart their NCAA brackets. Others think of almost weekly blizzards in the northeast (or is it the nor’east?). But this March, for Fantasy Baseball experts, the madness has been around a different kind of bracket.
On March 1, we revealed the choices of 64 Fantasy experts when we asked them simply “If you were in the Major Leagues, what would your Walk-Up Song be?” The choices ranged from songs that included barking dogs, to pro wrestling theme songs, to classic rock bands such as Boston and The Doors. So many great choices, but we must eliminate half the songs every round.
Over 4,600 fans have visited the bracket and we recently trimmed downed the field to our Elite Eight, and we are tabulating those votes as the Final Four voting is still open. Fans have ousted three #1 seeds, including two Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall-of-Famers. Voters have cast aside Bon Jovi, Boston and The Doors as if they were merely taking out the trash. We liked the Olsen Twins initially, but like any good cult following, it weakened quickly. And we learned that pro wrestling is really a thing among Fantasy players.
The fans have whittled it down to just eight songs. Here are the latest reported matchups in the #MyWalkUpSong bracket competition:
Brandon Funston Region:
We reserved a quarter of the selections for RotoExperts/FNTSY Network because, well it’s our contest and we wanted to guarantee a Final Four appearance. This region comes down to:
- #3 “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty (Tom McFeeley/@TomMcFeeley) vs. #4 “Killing It in The Name” by Rage Against The Machine (Jake Ciely/@allinkid)
Ciely was typically ‘All In’ with “Rage,” vowing a Final Four appearance. The only thing that stands in his way are a couple of talented Toms. Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” is a perfect baseball song for a hitter looking to “stand my ground.”
— M. Rajoy (@_Contemplador) March 24, 2018
How they got here: “Killing” crushed #13 “Come a Little Bit Closer” (Jay and the Americans), #12 “Monkey Wrench” (Foo Fighters) and The King himself, Scott Engel and his #1 seed “NY Groove” by Ace Frehley.
“I Won’t Back Down” stood up against #14 “That’s All She Wrote” (TI), #6 “X Gonna Give it to Ya” (DMX) and #10 “Happy (Pharrell Williams).
Ron Shandler Region:
The BaseballHQ pioneer hosted a loaded region topped off by Hall-of-Famer Lenny Melnick and Eno Sarris as a #16 seed (I told you it was loaded). Ray Murphy, the co-General Manager of HQ enjoyed the “home region advantage” through the Sweet Sixteen, but the ticket to the Final Four will be punched by one of the following:
- #2 “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult (Todd Zola/@toddzola) vs. #8 “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica (Seth Klein/@SethDaSportsMan)
Zola, the reigning FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year, was assumed to be a tough out and he’s had no trouble dispatching opponents with Godzilla. The “sing-along element” of the song made Zola confident in his choice, which is one round from winning this region. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” has proved how much baseball fans like bells, and Metallica.
How they got here: “Godzilla” destroyed #15 “Bleed It Out” (Linkin Park), #10 “Jump” by Van Halen and #3 “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys (It was over St. Patrick’s weekend, so there might have been a hangover effect going on there).
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” rang up #9 “Hypnotize” (Notorious BIG), #1 “Nowhere Man” (The Beatles), and #4 “Mr. Brightside” (The Killers). “For Whom” earned the Elite Eight bid by a single vote over Murphy’s “Mr. Brightside.
Matthew Berry Region:
The Berry Region includes both the only surviving #1 seed and the only of the three pro wrestling theme/entrance songs to maintain life in the bracket. Kyle Soppe of ESPN failed to keep his boss’ honor in round 3, as his “Space Jam” tune could not wrestle the belt away from Stone Cold Steve Austin’s theme. One of these two will represent the Berry region in the Final Four:
- #1 Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang by Dr. Dre Featuring Snoop Dogg (Brad Evans/@YahooNoise) vs. #6 “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me (Stone Cold Steve Austin Theme) by Jim Johnston (Tim Heaney/@Tim_Heaney)
Newly-minted FSWA Hall of Fame inductee Evans rides a classic tune into the Elite Eight, while Heaney tapped into the crossover Pro Wrestling audience that also plays Fantasy Baseball
How they got here: “‘G’ Thang” has never struggled, crushing #16 “Rudie Can’t Fail” (The Clash), #8 “Still Not a Player” (Big Pun) and #4 “Sure Shot” (Beastie Boys). Stone Cold took on #11 “Kick Start My Heart” (Mötley Crüe), #14 “Joker and the Thief” (Wolfmother), and #7 “Space Jam” Theme (Quad City DJS)
Tristan H. Cockcroft Region:
It’s in this region we see the most anticipated Elite Eight matchup – two songs that destroyed all comers to collide here. Along the way, the young Olsen Twins sang about pizza in slow-motion, we had a medley of songs with barking dogs, and we had Zen Master Lawr Michaels submit a “Drug Test” that made it through to the Sweet Sixteen but apparently got the munchies and took an early exit. The winner of this region will be one of the following:
- #2 “Light ‘em Up” by Fallout Boy (Paul Sporer/@paulsporer) vs. #5 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana (@tonybps1/Prospects1500.com).These songs have been on a collision course since being the two most popular choices through the first two rounds. Many voters see this matchup as the real championship game, as if other Final Four participants are mere mid-major tunes.How they got here: Fall Out Boy lit it up from the opening minutes, and has never trailed at any point in the competition, first carving up #15 “Cut to the Feeling” (Carly Rae Jepsen), #7 “Flirting With Disaster” (Molly Hatchet) and finally #1 “Drug Test” (Yo La Tengo)
Although I am a current participant, I am also a former journalist so objectivity is important, so I predict the following results as the votes are now being counted:
Elite Eight (voting deadline passed)
- I Won’t Back Down over Killing it in the Name
- Godzilla over For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang over Steve Austin
- Smells Like Teen Spirit over Light Em Up
Final Four (Sunday, March 25, 12:01 a.m Eastern through Tuesday, March 27, 11:59 p.m., Eastern):
- I Won’t Back Down (Funston Region) versus Godzilla (Shandler Region)
- Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang (Berry Region) versus Smells Like Teen Spirit (Cockcroft Region)
Championship (Wednesday, March 28 at 12:01 a.m. through Thursday, March 29, 11:59 p.m. Eastern):
- Smells Like Teen Spirit over I Won’t Back Down
Cast your votes (one vote per round per email address) here: http://bit.ly/2GLODW6