Tell ya what –
Things are getting good. They’re getting damn good as we kick off Sweet 16 voting in our Eagles Media Field of 64.
In the second round, we had some crazy upsets. Brian Baldinger knocked off John Clark! Mike Sielski committed Inquirer-on-Inquirer crime when he took out comrade Paul Domowitch. And Seth Joyner completed his second-straight upset to advance as a #12 seed.
That leaves us with some incredible matchups as field narrows to 16, so let’s get to voting.
***Like last time, we’re expanding the voting to Twitter and Instagram. In addition to voting here, you can also cast a social media ballot, and then we’ll tally up all of the totals and share the results later in the week. Once again, to vote on this website, just click “anonymous WordPress user,” and don’t worry about a spinning circle or error message. We got 7,500 votes for one matchup last time out, and everything is being counted properly. Rest assured there is no voter suppression taking place.
Chris Gocong regional
This region features the #1 overall seed, Ray Didinger, taking on a #5 seed in Brandon Lee Gowton. Ray Diddy has the experience and the clout, but can Bleeding Green Nation mobilize their new media followers in an advantageous way?
In the other Sweet 16 matchup, it’s Sielski trying to complete a third-straight upset, as he faces NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank.
Reno Mahe regional
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again –
The Reno Mahe regional is absolutely stacked. It lives up to its name.
We had John Clark, Ross Tucker, Bo Wulf, and Rickie Ricardo eliminated in the round of 32, which just goes to show you how tight the competition is in this corner of the bracket.
Izel Jenkins regional
Everybody has been eyeing the Les Bowen/Jeff McLane matchup for weeks now.
Could it happen?
McLane, the #1 seed, has to handle his business against Adam Caplan, of the Inside the Birds podcast. And Bowen, the #3 seed, has a tall task in emerging victorious over Dave Zangaro. Neither Inquirer writer can get caught looking ahead.
Bobby Hoying regional
If the Reno Mahe regional is stacked, then the Bobby Hoying regional is murderer’s row. Whomever emerges from this region will have been battle tested against numerous respectable opponents.
One of biggest upsets in the entire bracket took place in a 3/11 game here, when The Green Legion mustered more than 4,000 votes to barely defeat Jimmy Kempski. Their reward is a matchup against one of the tournament favorites, Derrick Gunn, who ironically doesn’t even have a media outlet right now. How dumb was NBC Sports Philadelphia to let him go?