March madness, for anyone not familiar with it, refers to the immensely profitable lunacy which surrounds the final stages of the college basketball championship. No thinking person gives a shit about any of this, naturally enough, but nothing wrong with understanding what it’s all about. By contrast with what we’re supposed to think it’s all about, that is.
As is often the case, it takes a comedian to explain things like this with any realism at all, and nobody does this kind of thing better than John Oliver. (His deconstruction of the Net Neutrality issue is simply classic)
Oliver is a comedian by trade, that’s perfectly clear, but if there is anyone doing more penetrating reportage than this guy right now, I don’t know who it is.
OK, so the basketball “bracket” is all just a bullshit scam, which thoughtful people everywhere already knew of course, but that doesn’t mean all competitive “brackets” are in the same boat. Here’s one with a distinguished internet history which is the real deal; The Competition for the Name of the Year.
Yep, they’re all real names, and yep, the competition is damn tough.
It’s a tough call. For the Final Four, I’m gonna go with Swindly Lint vs Jazznique St Junious, and Dr Wallop Promthong vs Tunis van Peenen.
(hat tip; kottke)