I've watched a decent amount of ESPN and Fox Sports Net. It has come to my attention that in sports journalism, to become the "Worldwide leader" or any serious contender, one must engage in ridiculous hypothetical rankings and brackets, then pass the findings off as something relevant.
But this can get tedious. Page 2 is holding a contest for "Ugliest Uniforms in History" and included stuff from the old World League of American Football, the predecessor of NFL Europe. The Sports List counted down Top 10 Sports Moments for just the city of Los Angeles. ESPN Classic smatters a "Top 5 Reasons you can't..." from time to time, and who could forget those ridiculous ESPN25 "Who's #1?" Countdowns (especially when it was a countdown of something dubious like Worst teams or Biggest Chokes..."We're #1! We're #1!")? How about ESPN.com's All-Time All-Star bracket? This lame "Hometown Heroes" promotion? Same vein.
That does it. We're settling it right here. One more, for all the marbles, and then no more brackets or rankings. We will be taking nominations for the YCS Greatest Bracket Ever. Greatest Moments from sport, stage, screen, history, and figures from sport, politics, history, current events, entertainment and even inventions or products will be pitted against each other in a one-off battle royale to ensure that Stuart Scott can never again say "And now the moment you've all been waiting for...."
Vinnie's nominations are in. The early favorites include the '85 Bears, the Wheel, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, and the Moon Landing. My nominations include the 1927 Yankees, the Miracle on Ice, Sliced Bread, and Polio.
So submit your nominations. The tentative plan is for a 64-line bracket, but since this is for all time and all the marbles, it might have to be expanded. Submit them quickly, because ESPN may catch on to this idea (They read this blog daily you know.)
We're settling this right now. Because I don't know if I can make it to the point where "Top 10 Cincinnati Sports Moments" begins and it's all Big Red Machine highlights, the Ickey Shuffle, and Bob Huggins.