10 non-basketball March Madness tournaments
1. I09'S March TV Madness
Vote for the best science fiction TV show ever in the io9 March TV Madness tournament! Sixty-four shows, both old and new, are competing for the title. So far, Star Trek has trounced ALF (no surprise), and The Walking Dead beat Being Human. That's just the first of the elimination round matchups. Voting in the second half of the first round will be Thursday. Check out the full size bracket; what is shown here is a small portion.
2. This is madness
Lucasfilm is presenting its own tournament to determine who is the favorite character in the entire Star Wars universe. The bracket is divided into the Light Side and the Dark Side, guaranteeing matchups between the two in the final four and possibly the championship game. No seeds or odds are apparent, but the way the brackets are laid out, Yoda, Obi-Wan, Luke, and Han are all in same region, so only one of those can make it to the final four, but Darth Vader vs the Emperor will be a possibility. Voting in the first round began Monday, and the final matchup is on April 9.
3. Best College Eats
This one is liable to bring back some good memories, wherever you attended college. Or plan to. The Cooking Channel has a bracket pitting the 32 best foods available near college campuses. Read about each offering here. Even if you don't participate in the tournament, you may find a great place to eat!
4. Teen Movie Madness
Forever Young Adult is staging a tournament to determine the best teen movie ever. You can see the entire bracket in the round two results post. We've already had The Molly Ringwald Division Semi-Finals and the The Freddie Prinze, Jr. Division Semi-Finals.
5. Animal March Madness
BuzzFeed Animals wants you to help select the most promising animal species, barring dogs and cats and a few other animals that have already seen more than their share of internet fame. Sixteen species are represented in the bracket, with four already eliminated. The aim is to select which animal will be the "next big thing" on the internet. Keep up with the current open categories here.
6. Hot Dog Madness
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is asking you to decide which hot dog is best, pitting different sausages against each other on one side of the bracket and different styles of dressing a dog on the other side. See the bracket here. Vote in the matchups on Facebook and win prizes just for voting!
7. The 2013 Worst Company in America Tournament
Consumerist holds an annual tournament to decide which company is the best at instilling hatred in their customers in the Worst Company In America Tournament. Companies appearing in the bracket for the first time this year include Carnival Cruises, J.C. Penney, and Anheuser-Busch. Follow the progress of the tournament here.
8. Middle-Earth March Madness
TheOneRing.net presents the 2013 edition of Middle-Earth Madness, with a whole new infusion of characters from The Hobbit movie, in addition to old favorites. The bracket's four divisions are: The Shire, Erebor, Angmar and Mordor. Follow the progress of the tournament here.
9. The Ultimate Sitcom Smackdown
Vulture once again hosted a tournament about TV, this time to decide the best sitcom of the past 30 years. Unfortunately, you can't vote in this tournament, as the champion has already been announced. However, each round comes with an extensive breakdown of each show's strengths and weaknesses, which is fascinating for sitcom fans.
10. Pope Madness 2013
People will make a tournament bracket out of anything, and the process of selecting the next pope was just too tempting to resist. The Pope Madness bracket is divided into four regions, including the tri-state regional, which contains four men not actually considered "papabili" (two are deceased). This is another example of March Madness tournaments not coinciding with the NCAA tournament because the basketball tournament is so late getting started, and the papal conclave was quicker than expected. The rounds have wonderful names, the best being the Sweet Sistine. Each candidate came with Vegas odds, but you might notice that the eventual winner, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is not in the bracket at all.
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