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11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments

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The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament begins today. But that’s not the only tournament going on, oh no! If you aren’t into basketball, we’ve got plenty of other ways to play the brackets. Many websites stage their own tournaments at the same time, to determine the best …whatever it is you’re interested in. Look these over and find something you care about -and then go participate!

1. Science Fiction vs. Fantasy

Image by DeviantART member Vitor Zago.

io9 presents a March Madness tournament every year, but the subject is always different. This year, different fictional genres are pitted against each other, and the outcome depends on your votes. Enlarge the bracket here. The first round started yesterday, in which new zombies defeated old zombies as The Walking Dead outperformed Night of the Living Dead, and several other first-round matchups. More polls in the first round will be posted tomorrow,and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until the final round. Competitors include such disparate stories as Star Trek, Alice in Wonderland, Godzilla, and Akira.

2. Musical March Madness

MTV News’ Musical March Madness has a circular interactive bracket. Sixty-four bands are in contention for the crown, and first-round voting is open until March 24th. The ultimate winner will be crowned on April 9th. Meanwhile, there is a discussion forum about the voting. I can’t make any sense of it; maybe you can.

3. Bunny Slippers Tournament

Bunny Slippers. which sells house shoes, has a tournament bracket to see which of 16 popular stuffed fuzzy slippers are best. Are the yellow duck slippers better than the mallard slippers? Are S’mores better than zombies? Will Yoda slippers defeat the LEGO block slippers? And will the classic bunnies prevail in the end? Fill out your bracket predictions by March 23rd to win prizes (slippers, of course). The winners will be determined by how accurate (and early) your picks are. Accurate compared to what, I don’t know.

4. Condiment Madness

What’s the best thing to put on a hot dog? We’ll find out what everyone else thinks as the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council presents Condiment Madness! The bracket is here. They’re giving away prizes for participation, too. The first poll, taken through a Facebook app, is closed. They said there would be a new poll each day, though there doesn’t seem to be one available yet today, but there may be soon.

5. CustomInk's Iconic T-shirt Tourney

CustomInk put the 32 most iconic t-shirt designs into a tournament for you to vote on. The four “regions” are brand names, bands, movies, and everything else. Click on the first round matchups in the bracket to start voting.

6. The ACA Bracket

Whitehouse.gov has launched an online tournament to determine the best reason to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The reasons are accompanied by humorous gifs in each of the first-round matchups. The drawback is that you must vote with your Facebook or Twitter account. The sixteen reasons in contention do not appear on a visible bracket.

7. The Star Wars Character Tournament

This is Madness is an online tournament featuring 32 Star Wars characters. They will compete for your votes from now until April 7th, when the final battle comes down to the champion of the Light vs. the champion of the Dark Side. First round voting is going on now.

8. Mix March Madness 2014 Webcomics Tournament

Comic Mix presents the 2014 Mix March Madness 2014 Webcomics Tournament, despite the banner image at the site clearly saying 2013. The 128 competitors are divided into the regions of Cardy, Infantino, Morales, and Plastino. You’ll find the brackets at the first round voting post. but if you don’t know xkcd from SATW, Axe Cop from Penny Arcade, or the difference between Zebra Girl and The Oatmeal, you should take advantage of the links in the brackets to check out webcomics you might fall in love with.

9. Geek Madness: Star Wars vs. Star Trek

The Geek Twins are holding first round voting now in the Geek Madness tournament. The 32 characters in competition are divided into four regions of Star Wars heroes, Star Wars villains, Star Trek heroes and Star Trek villains. Enlarge the bracket here. Keep up with further voting at The Geek Twins.

10. Teen TV Madness

Forever Young Adult had a tournament about teen movies last year, and this year they're looking for your vote to select the best teen TV series. Teen TV Madness has 64 shows competing. The competition is already up to the division semi-finals. Keep up with the results here

11. The Worst Company in America

The most popular of all the non-basketball tournaments is the annual Worst Company in America tournament from Consumerist. This year’s bracket has some difficult-to-decide matchups.

…there are several returning competitors, including previous champs EA and Comcast, three-time runner-up (and sort of winner from when it acquired Countrywide) Bank of America, the perennially hated Ticketmaster and PayPal (with their respective corporate counterparts LiveNation and eBay).

There are also some new names on the list, like Koch Industries and lawsuit-happy seed company Monsanto. There’s also SeaWorld making a splash on WCIA 2014, presumably because people have been watching that Blackfish documentary.

First round voting begins March 19. Follow the tournament’s progress at Consumerist.

See also: The followup to this post, 9 More Alternate March Madness Tournaments.

And there are some tournaments we’ve covered in the past that are staging return engagements you may be interested in:

Middle-earth Madness 2014

Fug Madness 2014

The Morning News Tournament of Books

Hulu’s Best in Show

Dabwaha’s annual Romance Novel Tournament

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9 More March Madness Online Tournaments
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 Online brackets that pit everything from fictional characters to weddings against each other are popping up all over the Internet, and there are plenty to choose from. We brought you a list of 10 such tournaments last week, and here are nine more to keep the ball rolling.

1. SUPERHERO MARCH MADNESS

Collider’s Superhero March Madness bracket began with 64 mutants, caped crusaders, and tight-wearing meddlers, and the tournament is now down to its Sweet Sixteen round. Two different versions of Batman are still in the running, and the two Gotham vigilantes are joined by Iron Man, Spider-Man, Groot, and more. Vote for your favorite, but remember: With great power comes great responsibility.

2. DABWAHA BOOK TOURNAMENT

The annual DABWAHA book tournament is about to kick off, and it's a must for the voracious readers out there. As usual, 64 books (all published in 2015) will compete in eight categories: Contemporary, Historical, Novella, Series/Category, Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi, New Adult, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and an eighth category decided by readers. The match-ups are here. Voting begins March 15. Oh, and in case you were wondering, DABWAHA stands for "Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors." It's going to be a lot of fun.

3. JUNTO MARCH MADNESS

The Junto is a lively American history blog curated by graduate students and junior faculty members, so you know the content is fascinating and brainy. Their March Madness tournament asks readers to vote on the academic articles they think have shaped our understanding of early American history the most. The categories are as follows: Atlantic World, Gender, Economic and Social History, American Revolution, History of Ideas, Historiography/Theory, Native American History, and Slavery and Race Formation. This would be a good one to pass along to any serious history buffs you know. Second round voting will begin this week.

4. MARCH BOOK MADNESS

Looking for a way to get your students excited about reading? March Book Madness is a fun tournament series designed for schools, and it features three separate brackets in which to participate (each one focuses on a different age group). Voting is now open for the first round, so why not add a little competitive spice to your classroom's reading assignments. Check out their list of tips on how teachers can get students to participate and have fun.

5. NEW YORK STATE MUSIC

NYS Music, which bills itself as "New York State’s Music News Source," is staging a tournament featuring up-and-coming bands from across the Empire State. Not familiar with the contenders? You're in luck: NYC Music includes plenty of links, so you can hear the 64 groups for yourself. The aim is to introduce people to the exciting new music being produced in New York, and it's a neat way to expand your tastes. Voting is open, but be sure to listen to the bands first!

6. THE PRETTIEST BRACKET EVER

Even nuptials get the bracket treatment at the wedding-planning website Style Me Pretty. Thirty-two types of weddings faced-off (regions are classic, modern, rustic, and wildcard), and voting is already in the third round. The Elite Eight is taking place on Facebook now, so catch the virtual bouquet and make your voice heard.

7. MARCH METAL MADNESS

What is the greatest metal song of the 21st century? A tournament from the metal heads at Loudwire aims to find out, and their readers will be helping them decide. March Metal Madness is now in the second voting round, and the songs are divided into the Headbanger region, the Stage Dive region, the Devil Horn region, and the Mosh Pit region. Each matchup features videos, so you can refresh your memory before voting.

8. BEST FANBASE

Pop Crush is looking for the pop star with the most loyal and ardent fans. Opinions about pop supremacy can get pretty strong, and if you think you have the guts to participate, voting is now in the second round. Will Beyonce’s BeyHive defeat Demi Lovato’s Lovatics? Can Katy Perry’s KatyCats beat One Direction’s Directioners? We shall find out...

9. STAR WARS: THIS IS MADNESS

Love Star Wars? Of course you do, young Jedi. This is Madness is an annual event from StarWars.com where fans vote for their favorite characters from the Star Wars universe. This year is special, as favorites from The Force Awakens like Finn, Rey, BB-8, and Poe Dameron are eligible. Voting begins March 14 and continues through the April 4 championship round. If you're having trouble deciding, you know exactly what to do: It's as simple as using the force.

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10 Other March Madness Tournaments 2015 (part two)

Tuesday, we gave you a roundup of March Madness tournaments that you can participate in online that have nothing to do with basketball. There are quite a few more that might be right up your alley. You can be a part of crowning a new king, queen, or thing through bracket elimination!

1. The Ultimate Action Movie Death Scene

Vote for your favorite movie death scene in another tournament bracket from Uproxx Sports: The Ultimate Death Scene. Personally, I can’t imagine any scene beating the one from Scanners—you know the scene I’m talking about. Or maybe that’s because it traumatized me in a theater when I was of a tender age. Competitors are divided into divisions by decade, from the ‘80s to the ’10s. First round voting will conclude this evening, and second round voting will begin Friday. Check here to find subsequent voting posts.

2. UW Book Madness

The University of Wisconsin invites you to vote in their Book Madness 2015 tournament. Books are classified in eight divisions by genre, subject, or some other category the books fit into. Voting is open now in the first round. May I put in a plug for former mental_floss author Ransom Riggs’ book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? It’s in contention in the “Home is Where the Heart is” division. And you might want to cast a vote for flosser John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars in the division titled “The Real Deal,” although it’s up against a tough competitor, The Dairy of Anne Frank.

3. March Book Madness

You might need input from your children to vote in this tournament. March Book Madness is a series of book tournaments focused on young readers. Voting has been going on since March 4 in three brackets: the Picture Book Bracket, the Middle Grade Novel Bracket, and the YA Bracket. The brackets have books from 2014 in one half, and older books on the other half. Third round voting continues through Tuesday, March 24. The final winners in all brackets will be announced the night of April 7th. The bracket above shows the 2014 half of the Middle Grade Novel Bracket.

4. March Money Madness

March Money Madness is a tournament you can participate in, but winners are not selected by votes, but by your skill in predicting stock performance. Rounds begin on Friday, and you must be registered to play before the round begins. You make your predictions on which stock will perform better than its bracket competitor, and the most accurate player wins that round. Will Twitter outperform Gamestop? Will Aeropostale beat Papa John’s? We won’t know until the first round results are announced.

5. Fandom Madness

E! Online presents Fandom Madness, a tournament to decide who has the most rabid fans. The voting is now down to eight contestants to see who advances to the Final Four: We have Tom Hiddleston fans vs. Trekkies, Once Upon a Time vs. Friends, Britney Spears vs. the Doctor Who Whovians, and Beyonce’s fans the Beyhive vs. Sherlock’s Sherlockians. Voting in this round will continue through Sunday, then check here for updates on the winners.

6. MLB Hot Dog Madness

MLB Hot Dog Madness is presented by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. “The Battle Between the Buns” aims to find out what your favorite ballpark hot dog is. The voting is conducted on Facebook, and today’s matchup is between the Yankees Nathans Dog and the Brewers Klements Bratwurst. See the full bracket here.

7. Beer Madness 2015

Illustration by Toby and Pete for the Washington Post.

The Washington Post is conducting its own tournament of beer. Beer Madness has completed the third round, and only eight beers remain of the original 32. Voting in the next round will begin Monday.

8. Star Wars: This is Madness

For the third year in a row, Star Wars.com presents This is Madness, the Star Wars character tournament. Voting is continuing today in the first round elimination, with two matchups today: Han Solo vs. Lando Calrissian in the Light Side competition, and Emperor Palpatine vs. Darth Maul on the Dark Side. Princess Leia, Yoda, General Grievous, and Jango Fett have already advanced to the second round. The final round will see if Light can conquer the Dark Side, but it all depends on the votes of the fans!

9. Teen Heartthrob Madness

Forever Young Adult had a tournament about teen movies, then teen TV series, and this year they're looking for your vote to select the best teen heartthrob! Voting is open in the Sweet Sixteen Seventeen Bracket, with heavyweights like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Zac Efron, and Devon Sawa in contention. So apparently they are catering to a variety of age groups, none of them mine.

10. The Worst Internet Things

Photograph by Flickr user fisakov. 

What is the worst thing on the internet? There are plenty of contenders, from bacon worship to wedding Kickstarters, from new parents on Facebook to atheists who want to argue. Believe it or not, the trope of posting tournament brackets for something other than basketball in March is one of them in this tournament bracket! SB Nation selected 64 awful things for their tournament. As far as I can tell, there’s no voting in this tournament; you can decide for yourself which things are worse than others.

Bonus: Here are some March Madness tournaments we’ve covered in previous years that are happening again this year:

Taco Madness

MTV’s Musical March Madness

Fug Madness 

The Morning News Tournament of Books

Hulu’s Best in Show 

Dabwaha’s annual Romance Novel Tournament

For more current non-basketball online tournaments, see 11 Other March Madness Tournaments 2015 (part one).

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