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March Radness: And The Winner Is…

The votes have been tallied, and here are the results of the March Radness Championship Game:

THE L TRAIN   53
THE RATS AT TACO BELL   47

That’s all she wrote. Congratulations to The L Train, the winner of eastvillageidiot.com’s 2007 March Radness!

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The March Radness Championship

marchradness.JPGThis is what you’ve all been waiting for. We’re down to two teams in March Radness. It’s been three weeks in the making, and 63 teams have been eliminated. Your votes have been tallied. You can see how it all went down in this handy PDF file. Two worthy contenders in the Final Four, Cow Bell Man and The Meatpacking District, have been eliminated. Now, after last night’s action, we’re down to our last two contenders. Ladies and gentlemen, the Championship Game will be played between…

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The L Train and The Rats at Taco Bell

This will be a tough battle. It’s so tough, in fact, that there’s no way I could break down the matchup on my own. So, to give you a little convincing, I’ve brought on two guest bloggers: Amish, of Amish in the City, and Kate, of Logged Hours, will be showing their “school spirit.”

First up, Kate makes her case for The L Train:

Alright, kiddies, listen up. You have a choice to make. And don’t bother listening to Amish down there, because he drank the Kool Aid and thinks that Taco Bell is real food. As far as I’m concerned, Taco Bell is equally disgusting with or without the rats.

First of all, without the L, there would be no gentrified, hipster Williamsburg. Now, there are some wonderful parts of gentrified, hipster Williamsburg, particularly Barcade and Crocodile Lounge (say what you will, but any bar that gives me a free pizza with every beer is pretty fucking sweet in my eyes). However, Williamsburg is also home to a million trust fund asshats like this dude.

Now, provided that you actually wanted to go to Williamsburg and endure a million conversations about how “their first album was WAY better”, it’s highly unlikely you’d be able to get there in less than an hour. This is because a.) the trains don’t come at any thing resembling normal intervals and b.) the trains are so crowded that you can’t even get on them when they do arrive. Additionally, if you’re going out to Billyburg on a Saturday, you better find a couch to crash on, my friend, because that train isn’t fucking coming. Ever. Perhaps the reason that most hipsters look like homeless people is because they spend half their time sleeping on the L platform, waiting for it to come.

Vote the L train!

Now, Amish makes his case for The Rats at Taco Bell:

First of all, Kate is right. I do love Taco Bell. It is my happy place. A place for me to forget all about all of my worries, kick back with a bean burrito or eight, and Glutton myself into a reserved spot in Hell. So even though these rats have robbed me, and this city, of one of our many happy places, I harbor no ill will toward them.

Quite frankly, I’m jealous. I mean, who wouldn’t want to storm a Taco Bell and eat everything on site? What with their soft, buttery tortillas, dizzying array of melted and shredded cheeses, soothing lard-free refried beans, and wittily adorned Hot Sauce packets, its a wonder that this didn’t happen sooner. By me.

God Damn! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about the leader of the rat pack, face painted blue, pacing in front of his brethren before he leads them in their charge.

“Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you’ll live… at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that THEY MAY TAKE OUR GREEN ONIONS, BUT THEY’LL NEVER TAKE….OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

So vote for the rats, because they stormed that Taco Bell like it was fucking Normandy. And now here they are, a #16 seed going into the Championship, making the hearts of Taco Bell lovers and Cinderella fans swell with pride. In simplest terms, they have shown up. Unlike the L Train.

There you have it. Now, it’s your turn to vote for the March Radness Champion! Vote early, and vote often. Voting ends on Thursday, April 5th at 3pm.

March Radness Championship Game
VOTING OVER

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS!

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March Radness: The Final Four!

marchradness.JPGWe’re just one step away from the championship match in March Radness!

By the way, as a refresher, March Radness takes the things we love to hate and hate to love about New York City, and pits them against each other in a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. And YOU get to pick the winners of each game!

Click here for the latest updated bracket. Yesterday, the Final Four were decided. Here are the winners of each region:

0403final1.jpg#13 The L Train, the champion of the Markowitz Region, defeated #2 Park Slope Moms yesterday, 59-41. The L Train had a smooth road to the Final Four, beating its Williamsburg neighbors, Peter Luger’s and McCarren Pool in the first and second rounds. Then, it easily got by its Red Hook nemesis, The Ikea in Red Hook, 64-36 in the Sweet 16. It was a huge upset for the Park Slope Moms – who Curbed picked to go to the Final Four. The L Train will face…

0403final2.jpg#1 The Meatpacking District, the champion in the Wintour Region. They beat #2 West Chelsea in a cakewalk yesterday, 75-25. As the predicted champion in this region, it wasn’t a big surprise. Besides, with opponents like Uggs, Gawker Stalker, and Anderson Cooper, who couldn’t expect The Meatpacking District to win that region? MePa is the idol of the anti-hipster set, and the L Train is the idol of the hipsters themselves. Who will come out on top? You decide!

Semifinal Game #1
VOTING OVER!

-> The L Train  69
-> The Meatpacking District  31

0403final3.jpg#1 Cow Bell Man is the Isiah Region champion, after its win yesterday over A-Rod & Jeter Sleepovers, 57-43. This either proves that those voting in this competition are (a) die-hard Mets fans or (b) do not enjoy the thought of a hot, steamy romance between the two most attractive athletes in New York sports. Either way, Cow Bell Man will have an uphill battle against the Cinderella story of the tournament.

0403final4.jpg#16 The Rats at Taco Bell, the champion of the Bloomberg Region, cruised by The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd yesterday, 81-19. The Rats have had an amazing run. They got by #1 seed Trans Fat in the first round, then had successful wins against Fat Pedestrians and the Second Avenue Subway. Their win over the Bridge & Tunnel Crowd was not unexpected, of course – I’d take Rats over Guidos from Jersey any day – but it was impressive nonetheless. Now, they’re in the Final Four, and it’s your turn to decide who will move on to the championship!

Semifinal Game #2
VOTING OVER!

-> Cow Bell Man  32
-> The Rats at Taco Bell  68

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March Madness: The Elite 8

marchradness.JPGWe’re down to eight teams today, so it’s time for the quarterfinals of March Radness on eastvillageidiot.com.

By the way, as a refresher, March Radness takes the things we love to hate and hate to love about New York City, and pits them against each other in a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. And YOU get to pick the winners of each game!

Click here for the latest updated bracket. Over the weekend, we narrowed the field some more, after the Sweet 16 matchups in the Isiah Region and the Bloomberg Region. In the closest match of March Radness so far, Cow Bell Man squeaked by Tiki Barber’s TV Anchoring, 51-49. He will face A-Rod & Jeter Sleepovers, who triumphed over The Knicks in a Fistfight, 56-44. In the Bloomberg Region, the Cinderella story continues for #16 seed The Rats at Taco Bell, who chewed up and spit out The Second Avenue Subway, 61-39. The Bloomberg Region Final will be quite the nailbiter, as the Rats will face The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd, who squashed Chipotle, 59-41.

So, here are all the Elite 8 matchups. Your voting will decide who goes to the Final Four!

MARKOWITZ REGION FINAL
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The L Train vs. Park Slope Moms

Markowitz Region Final
VOTING OVER!

-> (13) The L Train 59
-> (2) Park Slope Moms 41

WINTOUR REGION FINAL
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Meatpacking District vs. West Chelsea

Wintour Region Final
VOTING OVER!

-> (1) Meatpacking District 75
-> (2) West Chelsea 25

ISIAH REGION FINAL
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Cow Bell Man vs. A-Rod & Jeter Sleepovers

Isiah Region Final
VOTING OVER!

-> (1) Cow Bell Man 57
-> (2) A-Rod & Jeter Sleepovers 43

BLOOMBERG REGION FINAL
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The Rats at Taco Bell vs. The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd

Bloomberg Region Final
VOTING OVER!

-> (16) The Rats at Taco Bell 81
-> (10) The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd 19

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March Radness: Narrow the Field to Eight

marchradness.JPGWe’ve eliminated 4 teams today, and now you’ll decide which four teams below will make it to the quarterfinals of March Radness on eastvillageidiot.com.

By the way, as a refresher, March Radness takes the things we love to hate and hate to love about New York City, and pits them against each other in a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. And YOU get to pick the winners of each game!

Click here for the latest updated bracket. Yesterday, the field was narrowed, with matchups in the Markowitz Region and the Wintour Region. The L Train was victorious against Ikea in Red Hook, 64-36, leading to a battle between the Idol of Williamsburg, and the Idols of Park Slope: The Park Slope Moms, who easily beat the F Train, 65-35. In the Wintour Region, it came down to the wire, but #1 seed The Meatpacking District squeaked past Anderson Cooper, 52-48. It will be a battle for nightclub supremacy in that region’s final, as West Chelsea topped Lindsay Lohan’s Rehab Bill, 65-35.

Now for today’s matchups. Vote for your favorite team, and cheer them on in the comments!

Game #1 – Isiah Region
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Cow Bell Man vs. Tiki Barber’s TV Anchoring

Round 3, Game 1 – Isiah Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (1) Cow Bell Man 51
-> (4) Tiki Barber’s TV Anchoring 49

Game #2 – Isiah Region
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The Knicks in a Fistfight vs. A-Rod & Jeter Sleepovers

Round 3, Game 2 – Isiah Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (3) The Knicks in a Fistfight 44
-> (2) A-Rod & Jeter Sleepovers 56

Game #1 – Bloomberg Region
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The Rats at Taco Bell vs. The Second Avenue Subway

Round 3, Game 1 – Bloomberg Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (16) The Rats at Taco Bell 61
-> (12) The Second Avenue Subway 39

Game #2 – Bloomberg Region
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Chipotle vs. The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd

Round 3, Game 2 – Bloomberg Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (3) Chipotle 41
-> (10) The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd 59

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March Radness: The Sweet 16

marchradness.JPGWe’re down to 16 teams in March Radness on eastvillageidiot.com.

If you’ve been living under a rock (or not visiting this blog) for the past two weeks, March Radness takes the things we love to hate and hate to love about New York City, and pits them against each other in a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. And YOU get to pick the winners of each game!

Click here for the latest updated bracket. Yesterday, the Sweet 16 was decided once and for all, as Cinderella Story, the #16 seed in the Bloomberg Region, The Rats at Taco Bell outran the Fat Pedestrians, 60-40.  The Rats will go on to face another winner from yesterday, The Second Avenue Subway, in a matchup tomorrow. In the other game, it will be fast-food extraordinaire Chipotle taking on the most unlikely winner in the tournament thus far, The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd, who inexplicably beat Duane Reade Cashiers yesterday in a barnburner, 53-47.

Now, Round 3 begins. Vote for your favorite team, and cheer them on in the comments! 

Game #1 – Markowitz Region
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Ikea in Red Hook  vs.  The L Train

Round 3, Game 1 – Markowitz Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (9) Ikea in Red Hook 36
-> (13) The L Train 64

Game #2 – Markowitz Region
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The F Train vs. Park Slope Moms

Round 3, Game 2 – Markowitz Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (11) The F Train 35
-> (2) Park Slope Moms 65

Game #1 – Wintour Region
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The Meatpacking District vs. Anderson Cooper

Round 3, Game 1 – Wintour Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (1) The Meatpacking District 52
-> (5) Anderson Cooper 48

Game #2 – Wintour Region
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Lindsay Lohan’s Rehab Bill vs. West Chelsea

Round 3, Game 2 – Wintour Region
VOTING OVER!

-> (6) Lindsay Lohan’s Rehab Bill 35
-> (2) West Chelsea 65

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March Radness: The Last of Round 2

marchradness.JPGIt’s the last day of Round 2 of March Radness on eastvillageidiot.com.

Click here for the latest updated bracket. Yesterday’s winners included The Meatpacking District and Anderson Cooper, both in overtime. In addition, in the Isiah Region, Cow Bell Man, Tiki Barber’s TV Anchoring, The Knicks in a Fistfight, and Jeter/A-Rod Sleepovers moved on to the Sweet 16.

Now, here’s our final set of matchups for the round of 32. The Sweet 16 begins tomorrow. Vote away! 

Game #1: (16) Rats at Taco Bell vs. (8) Fat Pedestrians

0328match1.JPGRats at Taco Bell: Look at us! We were on TV! And we knocked off a #1 seed! We rule!!!
Fat Pedestrians: Yeah, we’re coming to get you.
Rats at Taco Bell: Like hell you are. No poison can stop us now! Plus, we’ve got The Plague on our side. We’ve killed a few people in our time, you know.
Fat Pedestrians: Here I come to get you!
Rats at Taco Bell: As long as you’re not a bloodthirsty health inspector, I’m not worried.
Fat Pedestrians: Ugh, walking is hard work. I can’t move. Hold on, I need to take a break.
Rats at Taco Bell: You know, we could just run away right now.
Fat Pedestrians: Oh, oh, oh, don’t worry. I’ll get you. Eventually. I just need a break. Ooh, look at that Taco Bell across the street! It’s so shiny!
Rats at Taco Bell: You’re joking, right? Oh my God. You’re getting up to go to Taco Bell.
Fat Pedestrians: This hurts. I think I’ll hail a cab.

Round 2, Game 1 – Bloomberg Region: Voting Over!
-> (16) The Rats at Taco Bell 60
-> (8) Fat Pedestrians 40

Game #2: (12) The Second Avenue Subway vs. (4) The Line at Trader Joe’s

0328match2.JPGThe Second Avenue Subway: …
The Line at Trader Joe’s: …

Unfortunately, it appears as though neither competitor could make it to the pre-game show today.

We think the Second Avenue Subway will show up late. Or never show up at all. Or maybe they’re start to come over here, and then stop for a bit because they run out of money, then tease us for a couple decades, then finally arrive many years later, looking like they gave a half-assed effort to show up in the first place. We’ll see.

The Line at Trader Joe’s could not make it, either, because we don’t believe that anyone has actually ever made it out of the line there. The customers of Trader Joe’s are forced to stand in front of the cheese section or sampling station for hours on end, only to realize that they will never be able to pay for their $2.19 box of cereal and carry it home in a fashionable paper bag. Alternately, it may just be scared that a 71,000 square-foot grocery store opens today just a few blocks south.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but New Yorkers have made due without either of these things for generations. Deal with it.

Round 2, Game 2 – Bloomberg Region: Voting Over!
-> (12) The Second Avenue Subway 59
-> (4) The Line at Trader Joe’s 41

Game #3: (11) The Line at Shake Shack vs. (3) Chipotle

0328match3.JPGThe Line at Shake Shack: Oh, boy, a generic burrito place. I’m SO scared.
Chipotle: You know, I would be scared. In midtown, my lines get as long as yours at lunchtime almost every day, ALL YEAR LONG.
The Line at Shake Shack: Midtown? Pfft. Whatever. Midtown sucks. Those people have no taste. No wonder they eat your shit. They probably shit a brick afterwards, too.
Chipotle: That’s not fair. They pay good money to eat my big-ass burritos. They wouldn’t keep coming back if they blew out their asses every time they ate it.
The Line at Shake Shack: There’s a thousand calories in one of those things!
Chipotle: Like you should talk! You sell burgers and fries.
The Line at Shake Shack: And concretes! And milkshakes! And beer!
Chipotle: We’ve got beer, too. Bite me.
The Line at Shake Shack: You suck.
Chipotle: Your fries suck more.

Round 2, Game 3 – Bloomberg Region: Voting Over!
-> (11) The Line at Shake Shack 41
-> (3) Chipotle 59

Game #4: (10) The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd vs. (2) Duane Reade Cashiers

0328match4.JPGThe Bridge & Tunnel Crowd: All right, who I got next?
Duane Reade Cashiers: Next on line, step down.
The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd: Who the fuck is this sloppy bitch?
Duane Reade Cashiers: Next on line, STEP DOWN!
The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd: Yo, are you retarded? If you tryin’ to mess with me, you say “step off,” dumb bitch.
Duane Reade Cashiers: NEXT ON LINE, STEP DOWN!
The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd: Don’t you start with me. You don’t wanna start with me. I know people.
Duane Reade Cashiers: Debit or credit?
The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd: Uh, I think they debit. Or credit. Or… what the fuck are you talking about? Are you messin’ with me?
Duane Reade Cashiers: NEXT ON LINE, STEP DOWN!

Round 2, Game 4 – Bloomberg Region: Voting Over!
-> (10) The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd 53
-> (2) Duane Reade Cashiers 47

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