• The Best Billionaire Bracket

    Read up on how we created it and vote in the first round of real and fictional billionaires.

  • The Joker is The Purplest One

    Learn about his path to victory and incredibly close final match up.

  • The Monstars are the Best Sports Movie Villain

    Read about their incredible journey here

  • The Octet Rule is the Ultimate 8-Based Thing

    Everybody loves valence electrons

  • Gurren Lagann is the Ultimate Giant Robot

    See who he had to defeat to get there.

  • Oberyn Martell is the Hottest Game of Thrones Character

    Check out what twitter Oberyn had to say to Ygritte.

  • The Worst Pokemon Panel

    Watch the video of our Castle Point Anime Convention panel.

  • Listen to the Mad Bracket Status Podcast

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best Billionaire Bracket

What would you do with a billion dollars? 

You have asked yourself that question before. Everyone asks themselves that question around the time of a big lottery. Most people say the same things. "I would buy an island." "I would travel the world." "I would buy a time machine and kill Hitler." You have to kill Hitler.

But we don't know because we haven't gotten that billion. Only a small group of people have. They are sometimes known as the 1% and what they have chosen to do with that money covers the entire spectrum of human endeavor. Some cure disease. Some fly into outer space. Some destroy the political system. Some change nothing about their lives and live like you and me. And some do whatever Donald Trump is doing. The big question is, who is the best billionaire?
So that's what we're looking into here. We have compiled a list of 16 of the most interesting billionaires. We have billionaires from every end of the spectrum. We have media. We have oil. We have technology. We have old money. And we have whatever Donald Trump is doing. We are pitting them against each other to determine who is the best. But that's not all.

We have also complied the 16 best fictional billionaires. We have billionaires from literature, video games, movies, and TV. We have comic book and board game characters. We will also be pitting them against each other to determine the best fictional billionaire. And once that is done, we will match the best real billionaire against the best fictional billaionare to determine, once and for all, the Best Billionaire.
The seeding has been done by net worth as of August 20th. The real billionaires were easy to find. The fictional billionaires were a little harder to find. The Forbes Fictional 15 listings were a good place to start. A couple had to be estimated but we think we have a good handle on how much money the fictional side has. We also excluded royalty since they didn't quite fit what we were going for. The voting on the first round will last until October 26th. Here are the match-ups.

Real Billionaires
1 Bill Gates (Microsoft) vs 16 J K Rowling (Harry Potter)
Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) vs 15 Tiger Woods (Nike/PGA Tour)
3 Charles Koch (Koch Industries) vs 14 Oprah (OWN/HARPO Productions)
Alice Walton (WalMart) vs 13 Donald Trump (The Trump Organization)
5 Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg L.P.) vs 12 Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA)
6 Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) vs 11 Richard Branson (Virgin)
7 Jeff Bezos (Amazon) vs 10 Rupert Murdoch (News Corp)
8 Steve Balmer (Microsoft) vs 9 Elon Musk (SpaceX/PayPal/Tesla Motors)

Fictional Billionaires
1 Smaug (The Hobbit) vs 16 Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
2 Scrooge McDuck (Duck Tales) vs 15 Bruce Wayne (Batman)
3 Longfellow Deeds (Mr. Deeds) vs 14 Adrian Veidt (Watchmen)
4 Richie Rich (Richie Rich) vs 13 Mr. Monopoly (Monopoly)
5 Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!) vs 12 Jabba the Hutt (Star Wars)
6 Ragyo Kiryun (Kill la Kill) vs 11 C Montgomery Burns (The Simpsons)
7 Lex Luthor (Superman) vs 10 Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
8 Tony Stark (Iron Man) vs 9 Jed Clampett (The Beverley Hillbillies)

You can vote here. Keep up with the results by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Listen to our most recent podcast here and you can subscribe on iTunesStitcher, and Soundcloud. Now get out there and vote. 

And don't get fired.

MBS Podcast 060 - The Bracket Sixty

The Best Billionaire Bracket is starting to shape up. On this episode we #buildthebracket with 16 real billionaires and 16 fictional ones. Paul Dicola stops by to explain to DJ how the numbers work and another surprise billionaire comes on to explain how to spend billions of dollars.

MBS Podcast 059 - The Lost Bracket

This is the lost episode. Okay that's a little dramatic. DJ forgot to upload it for a week. We talked about DJ's trip, the 7th Heaven dude, and Smash. We also got into our new bracket that we will start very soon. It's the Best Billionaire Bracket!

MBS Podcast 058 - Bracketgate

We are flying solo here. DJ is off in Great Britain so Nando is forced to go it alone. He has help though. So yeah. Not alone. Emily Hromada and Chris Diggins stop by to announce the winner of the The Purplest One bracket and agree that we already talked about it a bunch last week. Diggins has to leave, but Nando and Emily interview Richard Nixon and finally get down to the bottom of the Watergate Conspiracy. We also tease the next bracket and we even rip apart the Desolation of Smaug.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Joker is The Purplest One

It's over everyone. In what turned out to be the closest final Match-up, the Joker came out on top to officially become The Purplest One.

The purpose of the bracket was complicated. We wanted to determine who was The Purplest One. That could mean almost anything. We wanted a character who could be described as "the purple one". For example while he doesn't wear that much purple, Donatello is still the purple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. That was our main parameter. Beyond that we want to determine what makes someone more purple than someone else.

So where do you go next? Sure, they could wear more purple. They could even have purple skin. If that were the only thing we were looking for, the Grimace would have been the undeniable winner followed closely by The Purple Man. We wanted to get something deeper. Is their personality purple? Are they wacky? Are they associated with royalty? Are they associated with children? All of these things are what purple seems to represent. With those things in mind we started on our 32 competitor journey to get to the bottom of this.

Seeding was done based on popularity. We took the competitors name and the word "purple" and put it into google. The number of search results determined the seed. And we realized it isn't a perfect system. The Purple Man probably isn't more popular than everyone but Prince, but we used the system anyway. We needed to start somewhere. The Joker ended up in the #6 seed.

As he said on his appearance during the first week of the bracket, Joker had a very early opening match-up against Lumpy Space Princess. He ended up winning it with 77 percent. No suprise there. Besides her appearance on a single cartoon, she had very little recognition. The Joker has been in countless cartoons, three live action movies, and been the center of three popular video games. Lumpy Space Princess didn't stand a chance.

The second match up was more interesting. Ray Lewis and The Joker have more in common than you might think. They both have unnatural skin colors. Only joking. But seriously, they both only wear purple. They are both loud and obnoxious. They have even both been on trial for murder at least once. Thanks to the start of the football season and a bump from the Ravens subreddit, Ray Lewis came very close but in the end Joker won with 60 percent of the vote.

For some reason, at this point Tinky Winky was still in the bracket. We were as surprised as you are. He steamrolled through Justin Beiber and just barely edged out Donatello. When he faced The Joker, who had a lot of momentum thanks to a difficult second round, he didn't stand a chance. The Joker set the high score on Tinky Winky with 87 percent of the vote.

Many people thought Spyro didn't belong in the bracket at all. Besides him complete lack
of personality, he is a third rate Playstation character who sold out to a really weird game system that made him look like a heroin addict. He also beat Shockwave, The Purple Man, and Grimace. During our anniversary episode, Chris Diggins admitted to voting him through specifically because Nando hated him so much. Whatever the reason, The Joker train and the Spyro train collided magnificantly and the Joker just managed to edge out the win with 52 percent of the vote. He had made it to the championship round to face a competitor unlike any other.

Waluigi came into the championship round from the top of the bracket. He went right through everyone's childhood and beat The Count, The Cheshire Cat, Darkwing Duck, and Skeletor (who really isn't even that purple). Even though he wasn't a playable character, the release of a new Super Smash Brothers game helped to remind people how fun Nintendo games can be. While the lead was traded over and over again only one could come out on top.

The Joker was decided to be The Purplest One. He won with a shocking 51 percent of the vote. It is the closest margin of victory in any final round ever. It came down to The Joker representing almost every facet of purpleness. The Joker wears purple. The Joker is evil, as many purple ones are. The Joker is a figure who came from a children's comic book. Purple is a color that a majority of young children choose as their favorite color. The Joker is a psychopath and purple is a color that is hard to find and nature and therefore unnatural and deviating from the norm. The Joker is even "royalty" as frequently being labeled the "Clown Prince of Crime". Perhaps most importantly, The Joker is flamboyant. Purple is a color that is meant to stand out. We found that most of our purple ones wore purple or even were purple because they are looking to be noticed. No one is more interested in being noticed than The Joker.

We want to thank everyone who voted and supported all of the purple ones. You can check out the bracket for yourself here. For updates from us, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Let us know if you have any ideas for our likely next bracket, The Best Billionaire. Tweet us your ideas and look out for us at NYCC if you're coming. For a more detailed explanation of this week's events, including an interview with Richard Nixon, you can listen to our most recent podcast here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The 1st Annual Maddy Award Winners

As most of you already know, the Maddys were this weekend. The Maddies are the awards given out annually to excellence in Mad Bracket Status. Here are the winners.

Best New Guest: Ethan Crump
Most Brothers: Frank and Paul Dicola
Best Marvel Movie: The Avengers (Nick Porcaro accepted on The Avengers' behalf)
Drunkest Guest: Emily Hromada for Bracket Bowl Special
Newest Guest: Tim D'Emidio for Mad Bracket Anniversary
Best Voice: Jack Kelly
Handsomest Guest/Host: Matt Nando Kelly
Best Moment: Chris Diggins for Brackets Fly Together
Best Original Sing: DJ Chapman for Wahlburgers
Lifetime Achievement Award: Caroline Amaba

MBS 057 - Mad Bracket Anniversary

This is our 1-Year Anniversary Episode! We have a ton of guests back on. Ethan, Emily, Frank, Paul, Caroline, Nick, Tim, Diggins, and Jack all stop by to talk the first year of Mad Bracket Status. In a stunning turn of events, all of this year's Nando guests show up to present a surprise Awards Show! We call it the Maddys! Oh and we get to the results of the The Purplest One final four. This is certainly the greatest episode of Mad Bracket Status ever, until next year.