TV Character Madness: Round 1 – Part II

<< Previously on TV Madness

Some close calls, upsets, and absolute dominance. 

Now for the second half of the Round 1 showdowns.

PiffBracketTV-02 (1)

Matchup #17 (Antiheroes)

(4) Omar Little – The Wire

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 8.56.30 PM

vs.

(13) Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill – Better Call Saul

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.07.11 PM

 

Matchup #18 (Comedy)

(8) Barney Stinson – How I Met Your Mother

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.24.26 PM

vs.

(9) Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.28.07 PM

 

Matchup #19 (Sidekicks)

(7) Jack Donaghy – 30 Rock

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.39.37 PM

vs.

(10) Crazy Eyes – Orange is the New Black

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.43.20 PM

 

Matchup #20 (Heroes)

(2) Dr. Gregory House – House M.D.

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.47.39 PM

vs.

(15) Coach Eric Taylor – Friday Night Lights

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.49.42 PM

 

Matchup #21 (Antiheroes)

(6) Frank Underwood – House of Cards

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.53.27 PM

vs.

(11) Ray Donovan – Ray Donovan

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.00.35 PM

 

Matchup #22 (Comedy)

(3) Liz Lemon – 30 Rock

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.28.09 PM

vs.

(14) Selina Meyer – Veep

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.05.32 PM

 

Matchup #23 (Sidekicks)

(1) Dwight Schrute – The Office

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.13.00 PM

vs.

(16) Gary Walsh – Veep

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.16.31 PM

 

Matchup #24 (Heroes)

(5) Jack Bauer – 24

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.25.48 PM

vs.

(12) Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.28.57 PM

 

Matchup #25 (Comedy)

(4) Ron Swanson – Parks and Recreation

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.33.49 PM

vs.

(13) Tina Belcher – Bob’s Burgers

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.37.35 PM

 

Matchup #26 (Antiheroes)

(8) Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.44.10 PM

vs.

(9) Vic Mackey – The Shield

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.47.45 PM

 

Matchup #27 (Heroes)

(7) Jimmy McNulty – The Wire

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.55.24 PM

vs.

(10) The Doctor – Doctor Who

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.57.03 PM

 

Matchup #28 (Sidekicks)

(2) Josh Lyman – The West Wing

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.01.39 AM

vs.

(15) John Watson – Sherlock

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.05.20 AM

 

Matchup #29 (Comedy)

(6) Dr. Frasier Crane

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.09.45 AM

vs.

(11) Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.14.56 AM

 

Matchup #30 (Antiheroes)

(3) Dexter Morgan – Dexter

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.19.29 AM

vs.

(14) Thomas Shelby – Peaky Blinders

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.21.30 AM

 

Matchup #31 (Heroes)

(1) Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.26.30 AM

vs.

(16) Mal Reynolds – Firefly

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.28.46 AM

 

Matchup #32 (Sidekicks)

(5) Joey Tribbiani – Friends

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.33.48 AM

vs.

(12) Saul Berenson – Homeland

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 12.36.15 AM

 

Round 2 begins Saturday, March 19th. Hear our breakdown of the bracket on the latest Piffcast.

Follow along for more on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Next on TV Madness >>

Advertisements

TV Character Madness: Round 1 – Part I

It has begun!

PiffBracketTV (1) (1)

 

UPDATE: Polls are closed for now, but see the results here and be sure to check in tomorrow for Part II of Round 1.

Matchup #1 (Sidekicks Region)

(4) Marshall Eriksen – How I Met Your Mother

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.33.05 PM

vs.

(13) Olivia Benson – Law & Order: SVU

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.35.53 PM

 

Matchup #2 (Heroes Region)

(8) Rust Cohle – True Detective

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.47.05 PM

vs.

(9) Raylan Givens – Justified

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.51.37 PM

 

Matchup #3 (Comedy Region)

(7) Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.09.15 PM

vs.

(10) Eric Cartman – South Park

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.11.52 PM

 

Matchup #4 (Antiheroes Region)

(2) Walter White – Breaking Bad

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.19.29 PM

vs.

(15) Kenny Powers – Eastbound and Down

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.22.54 PM

 

Matchup #5 (Sidekicks)

(6) Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.31.56 PM

vs.

(11) Hurley – Lost

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.35.41 PM

Matchup #6 (Heroes)

(3) Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.44.50 PM

vs.

(14) Michael Scofield – Prison Break

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.47.40 PM

 

Matchup #7 (Comedy)

(1) Homer Simpson – The Simpsons

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.55.17 PM

vs.

(16) Erlich Bachman – Silicon Valley

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.58.50 PM

 

Matchup #8 (Antiheroes)

(5) Don Draper – Mad Men

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.03.27 AM

vs.

(12) Al Swearengen – Deadwood

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.07.17 AM

 

Matchup #9 (Heroes)

(4) Will McAvoy – The Newsroom

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.16.20 AM

vs.

(13) Sterling Archer – Archer

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.22.53 AM

 

Matchup #10 (Sidekicks)

(8) Ari Gold – Entourage

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.30.00 AM

vs.

(9) Marty Hart – True Detective

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.34.44 AM

 

Matchup #11 (Antiheroes)

(7) Boyd Crowder – Justified

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.40.42 AM

vs.

(10) Jax Teller – Sons of Anarchy

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.48.42 AM

 

Matchup #12 (Comedy)

(2) Michael Scott – The Office

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.52.24 AM

vs.

(15) Jake Peralta – Brooklyn 99

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.53.52 AM

 

Matchup #13 (Heroes)

(6) Buffy – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.02.25 AM

vs.

(11) John Luther – Luther

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.04.47 AM

 

Matchup #14 (Sidekicks)

(3) Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.10.22 AM

vs.

(14) Dr. Niles Crane – Frasier

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.14.17 AM

 

Matchup #15 (Antiheroes)

(1) Tony Soprano – Sopranos

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.19.24 AM

vs.

(16) Nucky Thompson – Boardwalk Empire

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.21.47 AM

 

Matchup #16 (Comedy)

(5) Phil Dunphy – Modern Family

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.26.25 AM

vs.

(12) Gob Bluth – Arrested Development

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 1.32.34 AM

 

Part II of Round 1 will be up Friday morning. 

Follow along for more on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Next on TV Madness >>

Piffcast: TV Character Madness Bracket – Selection Show

UPDATE: VOTING HAS BEGUN FOR THE 2016 TV CHARACTER MADNESS TOURNAMENT! 

Just a day after the NCAA Tournament’s Selection Sunday show, The Piffcast announces its own bracket for TV and sports fans alike…

TJ and I reveal the participants of our new TV Character Madness tournament. Voting will begin here on MichaelPiff.com Thursday morning (3/17), as the NCAA Tourney tips off, and YOU will decide who advances toward Television Supremacy.

Also, take a listen for how you can enter our TV Madness Contest and win a Piffcast Prize Pack (Trust us. It’s worth it). Below is the full bracket and you can get copies of your own to fill out on Facebook and Twitter

(Before you freak out about some of your favorites being left out, the bracket goes back to 2000.)

PiffBracketTV (1) (1)

For a closer look at each region…

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 11.26.28 AM

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 11.27.39 AM

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 11.27.06 AM

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 11.28.18 AM

Subscribe to The Piffcast on iTunes here. Again, voting begins Thursday morning, March 17th. Have a favorite character you want to win? Let your friends know, and follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Seattle vs. New England: Everything BUT Football

I love Super Bowl week.

Media Day, All-Time great commercial countdowns, the constant NFL Films replaying of Super Bowls past, food…

It’s the best.

Once #DeflateGate finally blows over (if it ever does), we’ll see the game itself broken down in every way possible and multiple prop bet odds fluctuating up until Idina Menzel starts belting out our National Anthem. We’ll get trash talking from coast-to-coast and perhaps a gentleman’s bet between Ed Murray and Martin Walsh, the mayors of Seattle and Boston.

We DO however have an epic bet going between Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Captain America (Chris Evans)

Pratt vs Evans

I would like to heat up the trash talk between the two regions by widening the scope and digging deeper into more than football. By comparing Seattle and New England (Boston) in categories such as music, TV, movies, other sports, beer, etc, we’ll be able to formulate a prediction for the Sunday’s outcome that’s as logical as an elephant choosing the winner…or a tiger.

That was awesome.

Anywho…

Music

In Seattle…

As part of Dave Grohl’s “Sonic Highways” docu-series following the cool concept of the Foo Fighters’ cross country recording journey for their latest album, Grohl and HBO focused on the Seattle music scene. While the central theme was how bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains almost literally blew up your FM frequencies, helping to create the alternative genre, grunge wasn’t the only calling card for Seattle.

During the post-war era (1945-1975), Seattle produced three of the industry’s all-time great black musicians. Ray Charles recorded his first single and made his television and radio debuts in Seattle. Quincy Jones played as an instrumentalist in Bumps Blackwell’s band. And before he went to England to start recording to eventually gain worldwide fame, Jimi Hendrix was rocking the clubs in Seattle on a nightly basis…In Hip-Hop, most of you know that Macklemore is from Seattle, but did you know Sir Mix A Lot was too? Seattle has also been the hub for current indie music acts, including Sunny Day Real Estate, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes and (one of my favorites) Band of Horses.

In Boston…

I wanted to preface this in the beginning, but we find in a lot of these categories to be “Old School vs. New School” with New England representing a lot of the former. Of course we have to start with the “Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith. Also fondly referred to as “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, they certainly score big points in this game. Add (the band) Boston, The Cars, and J. Geils Band to the list of bands yours dad (and I) really likes.

But wait, there’s more! While New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe rocked your oversized boom box, Donna Summer had the last dance. Raise your hand if you had a New Kids On The Block lunch box…Marky Mark might have. Add Powerman 5000, American Hi-Fi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Guster, and The Dear Hunter and you get a pretty good feel for the Boston music scene.

Also Dropkick Murphys, Extreme and Pixies…Oh my!

Who Gets The Edge?

I found myself torn between the two, so I asked a couple of music experts and enthusiasts for their thoughts:

“Both great legacies. I couldn’t possibly pick one over the other, as four of my favorite bands of all time come from each city: Mission of Burma and Morphine (Boston/Cambridge) and Fastbacks and Mudhoney (Seattle). Also Tad makes up for the rise of Candlebox in Seattle, and the Cars make me want to forgive Boston for the existence of Extreme.” – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune Music Critic 

“Hard to not pick Boston just because I have so many musician friends there, but Seattle is formidable. I will call it a draw.” – Len Kasper, Chicago Cubs Television Broadcaster and musician.

See! Not that easy.

However, I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity and Seattle’s scene from the 90’s and recently is too good to deny. Plus, they don’t have a band like Extreme to worry about canceling out.

TV

Set in Seattle…

When we see Seattle depicted on television, what impressions do we get? Progressive, new age, rainy?

Twin Peaks, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, The Killing (aka The show that makes me genuinely afraid of Seattle.) And of course…

Frasier. 

Set in Boston…

There’s a handful of the typical (but still good) “Boston” themed shows. Boston LegalBoston Public, Boston Commons (yeah, I said it.)…Wahlburg is basically a synonym for “Boston” so Wahlburgers is included. Fringe, Leverage, and Rizzoli & Isles too. Ally McBeal is your “Grey’s” equivalent. And then there’s the real Boston heavyweight…

Cheers. 

Who Gets The Edge?

At the end of the day, its Frasier vs. Cheers isn’t it? And there wouldn’t be a Frasier without Cheers. So Boston gets the win here.

Movies

In Seattle…

Yes Chick-Flick lovers, Sleepless in Seattle is a classic. But it’s not Seattle’s only claim to fame in the genre. 10 Things I Hate About You, Love Happens, An Officer and a Gentleman, the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film, and Say Anythingare all worthy of getting a spin this Valentine’s Day.

Some of my favorites include This Is Spinal Tap, War Games and 50/50. Add thrillers like Fear, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and The Ring. And of course we can’t forget Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Saving Silverman, and Harry and the Hendersons.

In Boston…

There’s a fun spectrum of films that come to mind when you think of films based in Boston.

Gritty action movies: The Equalizer, Boondock Saints, The Town

Sports movies: Fever Pitch, Celtic Pride, and I’ll allow Field of Dreams.

Comedies: Legally Blonde and Ted

Oscar nominated dramas: Good Will Hunting, Mystic River, The Fighter, and The Departed.

Who Has The Edge?

As much as I love 50/50 and War Games, Seattle can’t compete with the heavy hitters that were filmed in Boston. How do you like them apples?

Food

In Seattle…

Visuals are helpful. Warning: you may get hungry.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In Boston…

Ditto.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Edge?

I don’t think you can go wrong getting seafood in either town, but my tastebuds lean toward Boston for the pizza and sweets.

Landmarks/Sights

In Seattle…

Space Needle

The Space Needle

Pike Place Fish Market

Puget Sound view

The Puget Sound

Safeco Field

Safeco Field

Fremont Troll

…and the Freemont Troll. It’s under a bridge. And scary/adorable. 

In Boston…

Mass State House

The Massachusetts State House

Hatch Memorial Shell

The Hatch Memorial Shell

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Cheers Bar

…where everybody knows your name. 

The Edge?

Close call, but how about that view in Seattle? Fenway Park will always have a place in my baseball heart but the Bridge Troll is kind of a deal breaker.

LIGHTNING ROUND!

Starbucks vs. Facebook – Seattle: Both addicting and everywhere, but I don’t have to worry about baby pictures, candy crush invites or internet trolls at any of the 5 Starbucks in a 3 mile radius of my house.

Sports Other Than Football – Boston: Love Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez, but how many championships does the city have outside of the football stadium?

Beer – Boston: The Seattle craft beer scene is definitely a thing. Black Raven, Elysian, Georgetown and Naked City are all notable breweries…but the Boston Beer Co. is America’s original.

The Score: 

Seattle – 3
New England – 5

Sorry, Star-Lord.

Peter Quill

Let us know what you think and other ways your favorite city is better than the other by Tweeting @Mike_PiFF03