March is a cold and lonely month for non-basketball fans. But, rejoice! There are plenty of ways to get in on the bracket action without having to follow college sports. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite basketball-free brackets.
1. "Fug Madness 2013"
The bloggers behind fashion site "Go Fug Yourself" have a way of eviscerating bad celebrity style choices while also being hilarious. Now you can vote on the best of the worst in four brackets named for all-time outrageous style icons: Madonna, Cher, Charo, and Bjork. The prime style offenders of the year include Kristen Stewart, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber.
Explaining their methodology, the ladies of GFY revealed the formula as they presented this year's bracket: "We use a deeply scientific method of How Famous Are You + How Bad Were Your Clothes + How Often Did You Go Outside This Year + Did You Come On Strong Late + That One Outfit Made Us So Angry + Yes, Emma Stone, We Love You, But Let’s Be Clear-Eyed About How Bad Some Of Your Outfits Were + We Don’t Care If You’re Performing Or A Kook-Snob Or What + Maybe You Just Rub Us The Wrong Way."
2. New York Magazine's "What’s the Best Sitcom of the Past 30 Years?"
"Seinfeld" or "The Simpsons"? That's the final matchup in New York Magazine's annual pop culture-themed March showdown, hosted by the mag's entertainment site, Vulture. Last year, "The Wire" beat "The Sopranos" in the face-off over Best TV Drama, but this year's tournament was more lighthearted as beloved shows like "Roseanne," "Friends" and "The Cosby Show" duked it out for the title of best sitcom.
3. BuzzFeed’s "Animal Madness"
Cute animals rule the Internet. But now raccoons, polar bears, and lambs are trying to out-cute each other in this battle to determine who holds the title of most adorable in the land.
4. MTV’s "Musical March Madness"
Think of it as the online Battle of the Bands: 64 MTV favorites duke it out for the possibility of seeing their music video played on the music channel. Can you believe that Mumford & Sons got knocked out in the first round?
5. i09’s "March Sci-Fi TV Madness"
The Kirk vs. Picard battle is so last year. Now it’s all about whether old-school Battlestar Galactica is better than new-school Battlestar Galactica.
6. The Morning News's "Tournament of Books"
If you like your fights-to-the-death with a touch more intellectualism, this is the bracket for you. Books are paired up against each other in NCAA-style matchups, and then a respected author or critic is brought in to determine the winner. You may not get to cast a vote, but you will get to show off in book club.
7. Nylon's "It Girl Tournament"
When it comes to It Girls, who will take the title this year: Elle Fanning or Chloe Moretz? Rihanna or Lana Del Rey? Finally, someone has set out to pick a Homecoming Queen of the cool girl set.
8. Consumerist’s "Worst Company in America"
Finally, a chance to publicly shame the companies that had terrible customer service or disastrous PR fails. Last year’s "winner" of the prestigious "Golden Poo" title was Electronic Arts.
9. BuddyTV’s "Favorite TV Duo"
Do you love the Ted and Marshall bromance on How I Met Your Mother? What about Emily and Nolan on Revenge? BuddyTV’s fans (you will have to log in or sign up to participate) are choosing the best non-romantic couple on TV.
10. Grantland’s "The Most Hated College Basketball Player of the Past 30 Years"
Okay, so maybe you don’t actually hate college basketball, but you do hate some of the people who play it. Now you can vote on the most love-to-hate and hate-to-hate players. Spoiler alert: Duke got its very own section.
Bonus Round: For our all-time favorite alternative bracket, check out the ultimate meta version: The Atlantic Wire's Bracket of Brackets.