11 Other March Madness Tournaments 2015 (part one)

Everyone is getting into the spirit of the NCAA March Madness tournament- even people who don’t care at all about basketball. That’s because it’s not just basketball. There’s a tournament and a bracket for every subject under the sun this month, and you can participate in one that reflects your interests. Here are eleven of those online tournaments going on now.

1. The Most ’90s Band Ever

What band most epitomizes the aesthetic of the 1990s? Uproxx is holding a tournament to find out, according to your votes. Vote in the first round of The Most ‘90s Band Ever tournament through tomorrow. The regions are Flannel, Dr. Marten, Bling Bling, and Frosted Tips.

Now, to be clear, we are not here to establish the best music of the 90s. So there’s no truly great musicians, like Nirvana* or Biggie or Weezer or Tupac in this tournament. We are also not here to recognize musicians whose careers flourished in the 90s, but continue to be influential today. So there’s no Radiohead or Jay-Z or Foo Fighters or Wu-Tang Clan.

The second round of voting will be posted Thursday at Uproxx Sports.

2. Jargon Madness

In the world of business, and particularly in Silicon Valley startups, the English language suffers from warped, overused, incomprehensible terms that mean little to those who use them, and even less to the rest of us. This is entrepreneurial jargon. Forbes is holding their third annual Jargon Madness tournament to crown the most obnoxious of these fairly new and overused buzzwords. The 32 terms are divided into four divisions: the Venture Capitalist, the Marketer, the Developer, and the Founder. Will “deep dive” triumph over “bandwidth”? Can “the uber for x” eliminate “sunsetting’? Cast your votes for the first round now on the interactive bracket. The winning term will be unveiled April 8.

3. Lent Madness

Lent Madness is a tournament of those comprising the Episcopal Church’s Calendar of Saints, as a Lenten daily devotion. The tournament bracket started off with 32, and is now in the third round of voting. Today’s match is between Juan Diego and Frederick Douglass. You’ll find the schedule of matchups on this calendar, and each matchup post will give a biography of the contestants. The final results will be announced on April 1, and the winner of the Golden Halo will be crowned.

4. Mammal March Madness

For the third straight year, the blog Mammals Suck …Milk presents Mammal March Madness. A total of 65 species are in competition for the title of Best Mammal in the regions of Mighty Mini Mammals, Sexy Beasts, Mythical Mammals, and Critically Endangered (although the Pygmy Jerboa has been eliminated in the wildcard battle). There’s a token non-mammal, too, the desert rain frog. Unlike other online tournaments, this one depends on the animals themselves, instead of your votes.

Some details: Battle outcome is a function of the two species' attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include temperament, weaponry, armor, body mass, fight style, and other fun facts that are relevant to the outcome. These are one on one- head to head combat situations- um except for the mythical mammals that have multiple heads. Some random error has been introduced into calculating battle outcome & the amount of that error is scaled to the disparity in rankings between combatants.

As the tournament proceeds, the contenders will become more disparate (a mythical beast against a critically endangered one, for instance) and “home court” will be decided at random for those battles. You can follow the progress of the tournament on Twitter. If you want just the tournament progress, follow @mmm2015letsgo, or if you want all the trash talk too, use the hashtag #2015MMM.

5. Office Throwdown

Fast Company began their March Madness tournament early. The Office Throwdown pits office environments against each other. You can judge them by videos featuring each. The field of eight is already down to the final matchup of Tumblr offices vs. those of Quirky. You can cast your vote until March 20th, and the final winner will be announced next week.

6. Marx Madness

Marx Madness was no doubt inspired by the pun in the name, but the tournament really intends to winnow a field of 64 Marxist thinkers down to one champion -none of which is Karl Marx. That would be unfair. Voting is now open in round two. After the second round, the next are named the Sweet Socialist Sixteen, the Egalitarian Eight, and the Gang of Four. Voting in each round is held Monday through Frriday. See the current bracket here.

Of course, if you are of a certain age, a tournament of philosophers of any kind will put you in mind of the Monty Python sketch called the Philosophers’ World Cup.

7. Christian Movie Madness

The website Christian Cinema.com is staging the Christian Movie Madness tournament to determine the best Christian film of all, according to your votes. The field began with 32 films, as you can see in the bracket. Voting is now open in the second round, which will end March 19. Once you vote in a matchup, the next matchup will be revealed. The champion will be announced on April 2.

8. Parking Madness

For the third consecutive year, Streetsblog USA is presenting their Parking Madness tournament, to find the worst “parking crater” in the U.S. Parking craters are “expanses of urban land where there’s no longer space for people, just a sea of car storage.” The 16 contenders are presented in aerial photos, and the first round matchups are posted one at a time, every weekday. The winning entry will be crowned with the Golden Crater award.

9. Hip Hop March Madness

For the second year running, Karen Civil is holding the Hip Hop March Madness tournament, pitting 32 artists against each other. Last year’s winner was Kendrick Lamar, who is a number one seed this year. The other number one seeds are Drake, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Round one voting is open now, and those who advance to round two will be announced Thursday. Keep up with the tournament progress here.

10. PBS vs. NPR: Public Media Madness

Who is the king or queen of public media? Find out by voting in the Public Media Madness tournament! This tournament has already advanced to round three, and the survivors are Sherlock Holmes, Kevin O'Connor, Audie Cornish, Lakshmi Singh, Cookie Monster, Gwen Ifill, Carl Kasell, and Click & Clack. Although I rarely make predictions for these tournaments, I will bet that Cookie Monster is going all the way. Winners in round three will be revealed on Thursday, and final four voting begins on Friday.

11. March Badassness

Uproxx Sports is also hosting March Badassness tournament. It’s a tournament between 32 characters on the HBO series Game of Thrones. Whether the character still survives in the series has no bearing on their participation, so there should be no spoilers (unless you read the comments). One advantage in this tournament is that you can see the results of each matchup -after you cast your vote. The regions are divided into Royalty, Knights, Lords, and Warriors. For each match, you are supposed to vote for who you’d think would win in a fight between the two. The ultimate winner will be the badassest of them all. Voting in round one is open through Sunday. Round two will be posted at noon on Monday.

But that’s just the beginning. We’ll have more online tournaments that have nothing to do with basketball on Thursday.

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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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