Unlike the real March Madness, you know the one with all the actual athletes, absolutely nothing happened this weekend in our tournament. Even though the news never sleeps, our competitors had their feet up, slacks off, de-stress gel masks on and the polls were closed. So here we are on Day 5 of media beatdowns. And if you're curious as to what in god's creation I'm rambling about, take a gander here and check out the bracket below to get your head in the game.
Friday's matches saw two pretty embarrassing defeats. We said na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye to 13th seeds nakednews.com (sex might sell but it doesn't win games...also, thank god nakedsports.com doesn't exist, I hope) which was defeated by The Daily Show 82-17, while Information morning sent a fully-clothed Frank, and all its salary lists and un-sexy local affairs, packing, 74-25. Surprising? I think not.
Today's brawls will be interesting, for sure. The first is sure to be a dirty fight, the 6th seeded Vice army takes on the 11th seeded Reddit. Hipsters vs neckbeards, vulgar humour vs troll town, mega-features vs mega-memes. OK, real talk, Vice tackles stories mainstream news wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole and a hazmat suit. A wealth of weird information, this organization totally started from the bottom (or you know, government funded in Montreal) now the whole team fuckin' here (here being, worldwide and worth 1 billion+). But can the international crew of brainiacs over at Vice Media be down voted by Reddit? If it was a battle of design, 100 percent. (Seriously Reddit, why you gotta look so bad?) But the power of the Reddit in-crowd and its scary, internet blackhole—full of more strange news sharing, cute puppies and scary web etiquette snobbiness—is mighty. I've been harsh. Reddit is ugly in many ways, but it also does rad AMA (Ask Me Anything Q&As) with rad people (tomorrow Lauren Graham, Heather Matarazzo and Arnold Schwarzenegger, for example). Keep those up and get a re-design (and maybe some female trolls) and maybe we can hang out more. Enough about me, VOTE.
Over in TV Land, we get a little meta battling Old vs New in the Old Media category. Sixth place 60 Minutes, investigating crazy shit since '68 and winning over 100 Emmys while doing so, takes on new-to-you 11th seed Halifax's Global Morning Show. Shots to the body only, everyone, keep those faces camera-ready. 60 Minutes are major old media veterans, they've done great ground-breaking stuff and have also been accused of promoting people, books and music represented and promoted by companies related to Viacom (which used to own CBS). Not classy. Also, 60 Minutes without Andy Rooney is weird (RIP). Global's chipper crew is basically 60 Minutes if they were younger, more attractive morning people, who are more into lifestyle pieces than hard-as-a-rock (and as interesting as one, too) news. Will local people covering local issues and wearing super big smiles beat out TV legends? Is there REALLY McCafe in those cups guys? TONIGHT.
Re-caps and more rambling, tomorrow.