9 More Alternate March Madness Tournaments

While the NCAA basketball tournament is eliminating your favorite teams left and right, you might be discouraged enough to turn away from sports and try something different. There are plenty of online brackets to fill out, as we found out Tuesday. Here are several more brackets you can enjoy that have nothing to do with basketball.

1. Alternative Brackets

SB Nation is a sports site, but even it offers non-basketball brackets this year. They began their “alternative brackets” earlier this week with a tournament of fruits and vegetables, which ended with broccoli as the winner. The Nic Cage Tournament ended last night, with his movie Face/Off as the champion. Today, the tournament is The Worst Places to Buy Clothes. Fill out the bracket for your chance to win prizes. But hurry! The tournament will change tomorrow to Condiments, then Towns of Repute, Dad Things, and Dinosaurs. Each bracket is a separate sweepstakes.

2. March Madne$$

The Awl presents a bracket that’s just a little different. It’s like the NCAA bracket; in fact, it has the same schools in the first round. But this is a tuition bracket. In each matchup, the school with the higher tuition advances, so the whole thing is already filled out. The winner? George Washington University, with an annual tuition of $47,290. And I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count room and board, because my daughters have already gotten estimates from some of these schools. The differences between the 64 schools are startling.

3. Metrics Mania

Along the same lines of comparing the 64 schools of the NCAA tournament on something besides basketball performance, the Thomson Reuters Company presents Metrics Mania. The point is to guess which schools have the most research impact on science and technology. You are invited to fill out the bracket, in which each round will look at a different parameter. First and second rounds: which school in each matchup is cited more in scientific publications. In the third and fourth rounds, which school has the higher percentage of their studies cited. The ten participants with the most accurate brackets will receive gift cards.

4. Name of the Year

A very popular tournament that sometimes veers from the standard March calendar is The Name of the Year. It also is sometimes hard to find due to the habit of changing websites. I was under the impression that they had quit the annual tournament, but according to their Twitter account, there will be a 2014 tournament; it’s just not ready yet. If it goes live before April, I will post an update here.

5. Taco Madness

Groupon and L.A. Taco present Taco Madness 2014! Vote to determine the best taco outlet in the Los Angeles area. Remember, it’s not fair to vote if you’ve never eaten a taco in Los Angeles. The tournament will end with a party at Grand Park on April 5th, with samples from different eateries and live music.

6. Drugs vs. Alcohol

Jezebel has a Drugs vs. Alcohol tournament bracket in which the four regions are illegal drugs, legal drugs, alcohol, and “soft stuff.” I guess that means everything else. Today's open round of voting can be found here, in which mushrooms are pitted against opium, PCP battles LSD, Prozac is matched against Sizzurp, and Viagra battles Valium. In the alcohol region, Jungle Juice is up against Vodka tampon, and Long Island Iced Tea competes with Scotch. And there are more matchups. Keep up with the later rounds here

7. Public Media Madness

Which is better, PBS or NPR? Public TV and radio personalities go head-to-head in the Public Media Madness tournament. Voting in round four begins tonight at midnight, as soon as the round three winners are announced.

The big question is, did Neil deGrasse Tyson beat the Dowager Countess? We’ll have to wait to find out!

8. American Jesus Madness

The American Jesus is a website by divinity student Zach Hunt. It is devoted to examining the strange ways Americans interpret Christianity. In that vein, he launched the American Jesus Madness Tournament. After two rounds, the voting is down to the ”Exquisite Eight.” The winners will move on to the “4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse” round. Will Jim Caviezel's portrayal of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ defeat Willem Dafoe’s in The Last Temptation of Christ? The other matchups I am less familiar with.

9. Disney Parks Attractions

Disney presents March Magic, a tournament of Disney Park Attractions. See the full bracket here, as well as sports-type logos for all the competitors. Voting takes place on two Facebook pages: Walt Disney World for the East Coast half, and Disneyland for the West Coast matchups. Leave a comment under the daily matchups at each site. The final vote between the two coasts will be on April 7th.

See more current alternative tournaments in our earlier post. This list was constructed with the help of Metafilter

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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...


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.

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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