NOTE: Because of a technical glitch, this was posted earlier today much deeper down the page. If you've already voted, treat it like a Chicago election, and feel free to vote again. Sincerely, Management.
Round one is in the books in both the Cedric Ceballos and JR Reid Brackets,
and I think it's fair to say the level of competition was nothing short
of stunning. We had upsets, we had buzzer beaters, we had dominant
performances by elite... um... arbitrarily created competitors. We had
all that, and coin flips (to break the tie between Adam Morrison's
facial hair and Trevor Ariza's tattoos). The highlights, of course,
will be later captured in the Official Lakers March Madness One Shining Moment montage.
But we can't live in the past. It's time for the Elite Eight!
Cedric Ceballos Bracket:
#1 Adam Morrison's facial hair vs. #5 Phil Jackson's zen
was a narrow escape for the top seed in the first round. Can the thin
'stache/chin whisker combo hold up against a strong challenge from the
unflappable five seed? If it does, will the zen limit whatever playing
time might be available for AmMo's facial hair and the face attached to
#6 Pau Gasol from the elbow vs. #7 Kobe's fadeaway
The Spaniard's feathery face up game KO'd the brawn of DJ Mbenga's martial arts skills, while Kobe's trusty fadeaway buried Lamar Odom's fashion in a result that, if we might for a moment be completely frank with each other, disappointed me greatly.
JR Reid Bracket:
#4 Shannon Brown's hops vs. #8 Andrew Bynum's physical therapist
Yes, we lit a candle at Lakers Blog HQ after Von Wafer's rookie card on eBay
bit the dust, but given the interest in Andrew Bynum's health, I get
it. Can AB's knee whisperer take down the shocking athleticism of
Shannon Brown without pulling a Tonya Harding?
#2 Derek Fisher's gravitas vs. #3 Sasha Vujacic's headband
talk a lot about Sasha's hair, and whether or not he'd be best to cut
it (I say yes). Either way, none of the vitriol directed at 18's locks
have damaged the reputation of the band that keeps it in place. Nobody
(if I might for a moment humanize an inanimate object) turned in a more
dominant performance than Sasha's headband, who ripped Jerry Buss'
unnaturally orange hair with 74% of the vote.
This one's gonna be epic.
So there you have it. 16 becomes eight, which will soon be four. Voting below.