It’s March, and you know what that means: Brackets! Lots and lots of brackets. Not just in college basketball, either. Why, over at Bill Simmons’ sports and culture Web site Grantland, they just finished up a tournament to crown the best character from HBO’s “The Wire” (to the surprise of no one, the winner was Omar). And right now, my friends at Pulitzer Prize-winning publication Willamette Week (full disclosure: I’m a regular contributor to the paper) are conducting a similar experiment to determine who should be Portland’s next mayor. It’s Mayoral Madness! And because the blogosphere is a democracy, too, you get a say in it, too!
Of course, if you’re reading this blog, I’m pretty sure I know who y’all are planning on supporting: “Portlandia”‘s own Carrie Brownstein, the election/tourney’s overall Number 1 seed. Her first round matchup in the Vera Katz Regional is against sixteenth-seeded conservative radio host Victoria Taft. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What does my vote matter? In a lefty socialist haven like Portland, Carrie’s clearly going to trounce the right-wing candidate.” Well, I wouldn’t be so sure about that. After all, Victoria’s got access to the airwaves (AM 860, to be precise), and she’s actively campaigning on her blog. Meanwhile, Carrie’s much too preoccupied with her band Wild Flag to give her own campaign the proper attention. So you can make a difference! Go here to vote. First-round voting is open until 8 p.m. Monday.
Here’s the full bracket (click to enlarge). My money’s on a Carrie vs. Chuck Palahniuk final. How about you?
(Image courtesy of Willamette Week)