This year’s 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media started off with a bang, as we saw nearly 300,000 votes in the first round. While most of the top seeds moved on, one 1-seed actually fell to a 16-seed. Let’s take a look at the second round.
Jim Rome, who has performed incredibly in this bracket in the past, somehow lost to 16-seed Nick Wright. Clearly, we under-seeded the FOX Sports 1 personality. We got hundreds of tweets on the subject.
Nick Wright about to be the Cinderella of this bracket
— Mike Lombard (@MichaelLarry85) March 18, 2019
The other three 1-seeds – Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd – all cruised to victory. Smith remains the overall favorite to cut down the nets again.
Here’s an updated look at the bracket, with victories listed by percentage.
Here are the 16 matchups for the second round. You can vote on each below:
1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 8. Doug Gottlieb
Gottlieb is often insufferable, but he’s got a tough matchup here. Stephen A. is almost a lock for the Final Four.
4. Bill Walton vs. 12. Sam Ponder
Ponder scored an upset over Kirk Herbstreit in the first round, but can she pull off the impossible?
3. Paul Finebaum vs. 6. Danny Kanell
Watching these two argue about the SEC would make your head explode.
2. Dick Vitale vs. 7. Mike Golic
LSU fans might be enough to push Dickie V. through this week.
8. Mel Kiper Jr. vs. 16. Nick Wright
Nick Wright scored a massive 16-over-1 upset in the first round. He looks primed for a big run.
12. Todd McShay vs. 13. Deadspin
Deadspin was voted slightly more annoying than Dave Portnoy, which we think will make him happy. McShay also scored an upset win.
3. Will Cain vs. 11. Cris Collinsworth
Now here’s a guy who just might give Will Cain a run for his money.
2. Clay Travis vs. 7. Darren Rovell
These two have been itching to face each other for a few years now. Well, the time has come.
1. Skip Bayless vs. 9. Sarah Spain
Skip had the largest margin of victory in the first round. Spain is a massive underdog.
4. Keith Olbermann vs. 5. Mike Francesa
Two old guys who probably should have retired a long time ago.
3. Dan Le Batard vs. 6. Bomani Jones
If you don’t get the show, you won’t be voting for Bo.
2. Max Kellerman vs. 7. Jay Williams
Max is doing his best to become as annoying as Skip was on First Take. Jay Williams has little chance here.
1. Colin Cowherd vs. 9. Joe Buck
This one will be close. The Buck haters were out in full force in the first round.
4. Bill Simmons vs. 12. Urban Meyer
Meyer has been in sports media for all of a few weeks and he’s already won a first round matchup. The competition gets stiffer from here, though.
3. Dan Dakich vs. 11. Chris Broussard
Broussard barely got past Michelle Beadle in the first round. Dakich might have been under-seeded, so Broussard’s run could end here.
2. Jason Whitlock vs. 10. Mike Florio
Florio, his first year in the bracket, is still alive. For now.
You can see the results of the first round here.