OPT March Madness 2013

March 7th, 2013 by Guy Forget 10 Comments

March really ought to share some of its spoils with the rest of the year. What significant stuff happens in April through February — back-to-school sales? Birthday season? Anything else? Then March comes around, and in one glorious month the ground thaws, summer tour is announced (seriously, just announce the damn tour, guys), we celebrate Beer-istmas (or St. Patrick’s Day, as some call it), and we get all the college basketball, and of course, seasonally inspired memories of an unforgettable weekend in Hampton in 2009.

These last two teamed up to inspire this post. Because while the NCAA tournament comes around every year, in 2013 it coincides in a cool way with the anniversary of Hampton: since it has been 4 years since the band returned (see Eli’s great article about that), and since there are 4 brackets in a March Madness tournament, we, along with Pete Mason from PhanArt, got the awesome idea to put this together:

(click to see a version that’s big enough for the human eye to read)

March Madness 2013 Bracket

One year of jams per bracket. The jams were very carefully selected by a panel that included OPT’s Rory, Eli, Padraic, and me, as well as our friend Pete from PhanArt (and some valuable input from OPT’s Poster Nutbag). Here’s how it worked: each of us ranked our top 16 jams from each year. Rory tallied those rankings up (16 points for a #1 ranking, 15 for a #2, etc.), and assembled the lovely bracket you see here. There are some surprises: for example, only one YEM but 8 Ghosts, 5 Rock and Rolls, 5 Tweezers, and a whopping 9 of 16 of the 2012 jams coming from either Dick’s or MSG.

The rest is up to you! We will give you until noon EST on Monday, March 11 to submit your first-round votes. And we’ll keep working our way forward until we’ve determined the official 3.0 Jampion.

We’re all super excited to see what happens. There are so many jams that we could see winning — any one of the 1 or 2 seeds, along with a handful of lower seeds — that it should be a thrilling month. Who do you think will take home the championship? Tell us in the comments.

FIRST ROUND VOTING

2009

  • 1. 8/7/09 Bathtub Gin (60%, 164 Votes)
  • 16. 8/7/09 Sneakin' Sally (40%, 109 Votes)

Total Voters: 272

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  • 8. 12/4/09 YEM (52%, 130 Votes)
  • 9. 12/3/09 Down with Disease (48%, 121 Votes)

Total Voters: 251

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  • 5. 6/7/09 Tweezer (67%, 165 Votes)
  • 12. 12/29/09 Gotta Jibboo (33%, 80 Votes)

Total Voters: 245

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  • 4. 6/7/09 Sand (77%, 184 Votes)
  • 13. 6/2/09 Harry Hood (23%, 55 Votes)

Total Voters: 239

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  • 11. 6/21/09 Crosseyed > Down with Disease (56%, 129 Votes)
  • 6. 7/31/09 Tweezer (44%, 102 Votes)

Total Voters: 230

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  • 3. 12/30/09 Back on the Train (74%, 173 Votes)
  • 14. 8/11/09 Backwards Down the Number Line (26%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 234

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  • 7. 8/8/09 Rock and Roll (73%, 167 Votes)
  • 10. 8/16/09 Backwards Down the Number Line (27%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 230

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  • 2. 11/28/09 Seven Below > Ghost (67%, 163 Votes)
  • 15. 8/14/09 Ghost->Psycho Killer->Catapult (33%, 82 Votes)

Total Voters: 245

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2010

  • 1. 12/31/10 Ghost (85%, 208 Votes)
  • 16. 10/20/10 David Bowie (15%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 245

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  • 8. 12/30/10 Tweezer (55%, 128 Votes)
  • 9. 6/17/10 Down with Disease->Sand (45%, 103 Votes)

Total Voters: 231

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  • 5. 6/25/10 2001 (58%, 132 Votes)
  • 12. 8/6/10 Simple (42%, 96 Votes)

Total Voters: 228

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  • 4. 6/25/10 Chalkdust Torture (54%, 122 Votes)
  • 13. 8/7/10 Light (46%, 102 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

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  • 11. 10/26/10 Light (60%, 130 Votes)
  • 6. 6/12 Backwards Down the Number Line (40%, 86 Votes)

Total Voters: 216

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  • 3. 8/6/10 Cities (54%, 126 Votes)
  • 14. 10/20/10 Melt > Have Mercy > Piper > Melt (46%, 106 Votes)

Total Voters: 232

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  • 7. 8/14/10 Down with Disease > What's the Use (64%, 148 Votes)
  • 10. 6/27/10 Saw It Again -> ... -> Saw It Again (36%, 84 Votes)

Total Voters: 232

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  • 2. 12/28/10 Harry Hood (85%, 191 Votes)
  • 15. 8/17/10 Backwards Down the Number Line (15%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 226

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2011

  • 1. 8/5/11 Rock and Roll (76%, 184 Votes)
  • 16. 1/1/11 Crosseyed and Painless (24%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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  • 9. 12/30/11 Piper (52%, 117 Votes)
  • 8. 8/9/11 Light (48%, 108 Votes)

Total Voters: 225

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  • 12. 6/17/11 Rock and Roll > Ghost (52%, 117 Votes)
  • 5. 5/28/11 Halley's Comet (48%, 109 Votes)

Total Voters: 226

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  • 4. 8/15/11 Waves > Undermind (88%, 200 Votes)
  • 13. 6/7/11 Rock and Roll (12%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 226

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  • 11. 9/4/11 Ghost -> Guy Forget (64%, 148 Votes)
  • 6. 8/16/11 Down with Disease (36%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 231

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  • 3. 9/3/11 Tweezer (70%, 156 Votes)
  • 14. 1/1/11 Simple (30%, 66 Votes)

Total Voters: 222

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  • 10. 5/27/11 Waves (54%, 120 Votes)
  • 7. 5/28/11 Bathtub Gin (46%, 104 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

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  • 2. 6/3/11 Down with Disease (59%, 134 Votes)
  • 15. 7/2/11 Golden Age (41%, 93 Votes)

Total Voters: 227

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2012

  • 1. 9/1/12 Light (80%, 216 Votes)
  • 16. 12/31/12 Ghost > Piper (20%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 270

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  • 9. 8/31/12 Undermind (68%, 178 Votes)
  • 8. 8/28/12 Limb by Limb (32%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 261

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  • 5. 12/28/12 Tweezer (85%, 217 Votes)
  • 12. 6/28/12 Waves (15%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 256

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  • 13. 8/15/12 Rock and Roll > Ghost (51%, 127 Votes)
  • 4. 8/31/12 Runaway Jim (49%, 124 Votes)

Total Voters: 251

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  • 6. 8/19/12 Crosseyed > ... > Crosseyed (82%, 211 Votes)
  • 11. 7/8/12 Piper (18%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 258

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  • 3. 12/30/12 Carini (79%, 209 Votes)
  • 14. 6/22/12 Twist (21%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 263

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  • 7. 6/7/12 Ghost > Boogie On Reggae Woman (63%, 163 Votes)
  • 10. 8/31/12 Chalkdust Torture (37%, 94 Votes)

Total Voters: 257

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  • 2. 9/2/12 Sand > Ghost (70%, 189 Votes)
  • 15. 12/28/12 Wolfman's Brother (30%, 82 Votes)

Total Voters: 271

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