We're getting down to the nitty-gritty in this competition! Only two rounds remain until the finale on Christmas Eve!
Yesterday's competition may have featured fewer matches, but they were no less intense in their Yuletide savagery. Let's get to the results:
|104||36%||39%||34.8%||Commercialism (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)|
|185||64%||61%||65.2%||Heat Miser (from The Year Without A Santa Claus)|
Still smarting from its loss to The Grinch in the prior round, Commercialism came into the losers' bracket with something to prove. His opponent, Heat Miser, entered the match following a controversial win over his brother. Just to keep things fair, Al Gore was banned from ringside for this round of combat.
Commercialism entered the fray with an advertising blitz that would make a Madison Avenue ad exec drool adn our sales department swoon. Billboards, television, print, online and radio ads buffeted Heat Miser non-stop. Unfortunately for Commercialism, its efforts met the same fate as anything else that meets fire. They burned.
With every blow countered by the all-consuming flames of Heat Miser, Commercialism taps out.
WINNER: Heat Miser by Submission.
|101||34.8%||37.8%||33.7%||Professor Hinkle (from Frosty The Snowman)|
|189||65.2%||62.2%||66.3%||Burgermeister Meisterburger (from Santa Claus Is Comin To Town)|
Magic versus military was the order of the day for this match up. Professor Hinkle started slinging spells out of the gate. For the first few minutes of the fight, Burgermeister Meisterburger's troops had their Abras Cadabraed and their Hocuses Pocused.
But then, Hinkle ran into the same problem as every other magic user.
You see, magic users have a finite amount of spells at their disposal. Once they cast one, it's gone until they can get into their library of spells and re-commit it to memory.
Hinkle is skilled in the dark arts, but eventually, the sheer number of troops at Burgermeister Meisterburger's disposal overwhelm the hapless mage, leading to a decisive victory for the toy hater.
WINNER: Burgermeister Meisterburger by KO.
Our next match was easily, the most contested fight of the day. "The Abominable One" vs. "The Mean Green" was an igloo-burner to be sure.
The Bumble was all claws, fangs and savagery from the get go. The Grinch deftly dodged the opening salvo until finally, The Great White Onslaught proved to be too much adn The Grinch found himself on the losing end of a spinning backpaw that send him reeling.
Enter The Grinch's "Hulk-Out" moment. Heart swells 3 sizes, super-strength is gained and all of a sudden, The Bumble is fighting someone as strong as he is.
The two titans trade earth shattering blows for close to an hour before finally, exhausted from the struggle, they both fall to the mat.
The ref starts the 10 count.
The Bumble starts to rise!
The Grinch leaps to his feet!
Both competitors are standing! The crowd is going wild!
The ref gives the signal for the bout to continue. The Bumble and The Grinch share an icy stare across the ring. They both know whoever scores the next blow will likely win the match.
The Bumble, roaring with bloodlust, charges across the ring! The Grinch yells "Now!" and as The Bumble comes within a claw's swipe of laying The Grinch low, he stops...
And sniffs the air until his senses lead him to a sleigh full of fresh reindeer steaks being pulled around the ring by The Grinch's faithful companion Max, The Dog!
The Bumble crashes through the ring barrier chasing the now fleeing Max and his steak right out of the arena!
The Grinch knew all along that physically, he could never take out The Bumble. His only hope was to make the beast work up an appetite and then use that weakness to make him lose the match.
One 20 count later, and The Grinch, proving once again that he is a combination of Batman and The Incredible Hulk, moves on while The Bumble falls to the losers bracket.
|114||39.4%||42%||38.5%||The Bumble (from "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer")|
|175||60.6%||58%||61.5%||The Grinch (from How The Grinch Stole Christmas!)|
WINNER: The Grinch by Count Out.
That leaves our bracket looking like this:
Yeah, I know. I finally figured out that Photoshop was a better tool than MS word for making the brackets. I'm a noob, okay?
The next two rounds of competition will finish out the loser's bracket and determine who will face The Grinch in the finale on Christmas Eve!
Will The Heat Miser burn up The Bugermeister? Will either of them be able to beat the Bumble? Can ANYONE beat The Grinch? The answer to these questions are to you! Vote here.
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