Blarch Badness 2008: The Brackets

So, the selection committee has met for the last few days trying to decide who is in and who is out of the tournament. There was the usual yelling, fighting, chair-throwing, and occasional moments of harmony. But finally, late last night, the committee emerged from their pizza-and-beer-induced stupor to put in my hands the lineup for this year’s Blarch Badness.

First off, the eight blogs that will be seeded in the bracket. Four of them, as mentioned before, were semifinalists last year and therefore have been awarded byes into round two:
USS Mariner
Lookout Landing
West Seattle Blog
Seattle Daily Photo

Four additional blogs were chosen by the Seattle Metblogs writers as being sufficiently meritorious to earn a bye (that is, their bribe checks cleared):
Capitol Hill Seattle
Defective Yeti
Hillku
Vintage Seattle

The two “regions” have been dubbed “Coyote” and “Squirrel.” (thanks Michael)

The remaining 42 blogs will be playing in out of category-specific groups:

Religion/Politics/Great Pumpkin (i.e. the environment), Music, P-I bloggers, Food, People, Art/Fashion/Photography, Hood (neighborhood blogs), Friends/Enemies of Metblogs

You might notice that the “Sports” group has been replaced with “People.” Don’t worry, there are still sports blogs in the tourney.

The winner of each group moves into the bracket in Round Two. I know this is complicated, but bear with me. Here’s how Round Two looks:

Squirrel Bracket
USS Mariner vs. Religion/Politics/Great Pumpkin winner
Vintage Seattle vs. Food winner
Lookout Landing vs. Music winner
CHS vs. P-I winner

Coyote Bracket
West Seattle Blog vs Friends/Enemies winner
Hillku vs People winner
Seattle Daily Photo vs Hood winner
Defective Yeti vs. Art/Fashion/Photography winner

So, here are the groups:

Religion/Politics/Great Pumpkin
Brave New Leaf
Eugene Cho
Horse’s Ass
Orcinius
Seattle Bubble
Seattle Transit Blog

Music
KEXP Blog
Line Out
Seattle Powerpop
Sound on the Sound
Three Imaginary Girls

P-I
Art to Go
Bus Chick
Digital Joystick
Ear Candy
Huskies Fan

Food
Accidental Hedonist
Cocktail Chronicles
Gluten-Free Girl
Orangette
Seattle Bon Vivant

People
Chris Pirillo
Electrolicious
Izzle Pfaff
Kirida
Nerd’s Eye View

Art/Fashion/Photography
Glitter Pissing
I Make Things
I See Seattle
Not Martha
Pike/Pine

‘Hood (Neighborhood Blogs)
Ballard Avenue
Blogging Georgetown
Capitol Hill Triangle
Mid Beacon Hill
Miller Park Neighborhood Association

Friends/Enemies of Metblogs
Big Blog
Citizen Rain
Enjoy the Enjoyment
Field Gulls
Seattlest
Slog

Two of the groups have six blogs, while the rest have five. Yes, I’m insane. And I had to go find the URLs for each of them. I miss my family.

So here’s how this will play out over the next six weeks:

OPENING ROUND
Mon., Feb 4
Food Group
Religion/Politics/Great Pumpkin Group

Tues., Feb 5
Music Group
P-I Bloggers Group

Wed., Feb 6
Enemies/Friends of Metblogs Group
People Group

Thurs., Feb 7
Art/Fashion/Photography Group
Hood Group

SECOND ROUND
Mon., Feb 11
USS Mariner vs. Seattle Bubble
Vintage Seattle vs. Accidental Hedonist

Tues., Feb 12
Lookout Landing vs. Three Imaginary Girls
CHS vs. Huskies Fan

Wed., Feb 13
West Seattle Blog vs Citizen Rain VOTE NOW!
Hillku vs Kirida VOTE NOW!

Thurs., Feb 14
Seattle Daily Photo vs Blogging Georgetown/Mid Beacon Hill VOTE NOW!
Defective Yeti vs. Glitter Pissing VOTE NOW!

ELITE EIGHT
Mon., Feb 18
Seattle Bubble vs. Accidental Hedonist VOTE NOW!

Tues., Feb 19
Lookout Landing vs. Huskies Fan VOTE NOW!

Wed., Feb 20
West Seattle Blog/Friends/Enemies Group winner vs Hillku/People Group winner

Thurs., Feb 21
Seattle Daily Photo/Hood Group winner vs. Defective Yeti/Art/Fashion/Photog Group winner

FINAL FOUR
Tues., Feb 26
Squirrel Bracket Semifinals

Thurs., Feb 28
Coyote Bracket Semifinals

THIRD-PLACE GAME
March 6

FINALS
March 7

WINNER CROWNED: March 14

Each round will be open for one week, just like last year.

Unfortunately, a number of blogs didn’t make the final cut. Sorry Buzzworthy, Postman on Politics, Slumberland, all the Seattle Weekly blogs, all the Seattle Magazine blogs (but surely you could have voted us best of something this year, I mean, come on, you pretty much named everyone else I’ve listed best of something), Daily Score, Daily Grist (though, honestly, if you’d hired me for that job I interviewed for last fall…), Gothic Charm School, Rain City Guide, Radical Congruency, Scootin’ Old Skool, Sound Politics, Sonics bloggers, Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll, those MyZIP blogs like 98122.net, and all the Livejournalers and Voxers that live in Seattle. Maybe next year. Or maybe someone will offer a Blog NIT?

So there you have it. That’s the six weeks of hellfun that’s ahead of us! I’ll take any questions you have in the comments.

17 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

    Yr welcome. Just remember to submit my award nomination for Adapted Bracket Names, not Original Bracket Names.


  2. wesa (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

    Yay! This is a good way to expose me (and everyone else) to some really good blogs that have been under the radar.


  3. Monica Guzman (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    All right, P-I blogs! Tough contenders in the Friends/Enemies category (gulp). Let’s do this thing …


  4. jseattle (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

    this would be more interesting if there could be a way to make some votes count more than others based on the merit of the voter. voter merit would be determined by snarky comment quality score – minutes spent making comments divided by aliases used across internets.


  5. wsb (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

    We concede already.


  6. Dennis (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

    Who the hell is Chris Pirillo, Kirida, or Eugene Cho? When you taking bets for the Final 4?


  7. Ryan H. (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

    Uh oh, Chris is going to be so hurt.


  8. kirida (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 7:19 am

    Yeah, who the hell is kirida? Wait, that’s me.


  9. pam (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

    I’m sort of excited about this. I don’t know why or even what it is, but hey, that’s my blog. Woot!

    Can you make a sandwich out of a blarch?


  10. Eugene (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

    Seriously, who is this Eugene Cho?

    And here I thought only 4 people read my blog. Who do I bribe with free Stumptown Coffee from our cafe?


  11. Brave New Leaf (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

    Wow! I’m so honored to be nominated! I’d like to thank the Academy, et all.

    I’m off to practice my fake smile and golf clap to appear to be a gracious loser when my opponents inevitably crush me.

    But I’ll be crying inside. ;)


  12. MyBallard (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

    No offense to BallardAvenue, which I think is great, but have you guys seen the new MyBallard.com? We tore a page from the West Seattle Blog folks, and so far traffic is skyrocketing…


  13. litlnemo (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 1:46 am

    Eh, Slumberland didn’t deserve to be in it this year anyway. I need to get posting again.


  14. Sailor Girl (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 6:36 am

    Hello! I’m portuguese, not an english native speaker, thus am having problems understanding how we vote. For example, how can I vote «Seattle Daily Photo»???
    Thanks.


  15. Seattle Life (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

    Is it too late to get into the running. We just launched our Seattle Blog, but things are picking up quite nicely. I think, because some of our posts spread quickly through facebook and other viralness.

    Or at least keep us in mind for the next competition?

    Thanks.

    http://seattle.rawsignal.com


  16. Carol (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 8:31 am

    Any category for Northwest bloggers who blog about NW life AND life in general?

    Carol


  17. Kathryn Hamilton (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

    How do I cast my ballot?



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