On Thursday of last week, we here at Through It All Together kicked off the inaugural Leeds United March Madness, a single elimination bracket of 64 entries with categories for your favorite Leeds players, managers, greats, and icons. After four days of voting and over 2,500 votes, we completed the First Round last night and are now moving on to the Second Round, where 32 entries remain.
There were some serious upsets in the First Round, mostly in the Managers and Current Players brackets. In the Players bracket, 14-seed Liam Bridcutt pulled off the biggest upset of the Tournament thus far, topping 3-seed Alex Mowatt with a 49-43 victory, and Toumani Diagouraga upset the Captain, 7-seed Sol Bamba, with a comfortable win to move on to face 2-seed Lewis Cook.
In the Managers bracket, the old guard of Jimmy Armfield, Arthur Fairclough, Riach Carter, and Dick Ray couldn't hold onto their legacies and lost to the likes of Eddie Gray, Billy Bremner, Gary McAllister, and Steve Evans. Those upsets make for some fun Second Round matchups between low seeds in the Managers bracket... we'll see if any of those Cinderella teams can upset top seeds Don Revie and Howard Wilkinson to reach the Final Four..
On the other half of the bracket, the Greats and Icons regions went mostly according to seeding. Lucas Radebe upset Norman Hunter and The White Rose knocked out The Smiley, but all other top seeds won their First Round matchup. The strong stayed alive so far... will that continue in the Second Round?
So what happens now? We vote again! 32 First Round polls have narrowed to 16 in the Second Round, and we'll keep these polls open through Wednesday night. Thursday we'll have the results for the Sweet 16 in this, the inaugural LUMM Tournament. Thanks for participating, and be sure to share with your friends on social media so the true Leeds champion can have his one shining moment.
8 Current Leeds United Players
8 Leeds United Managers
8 Leeds United Greats
and 8 Leeds United Icons
Tournament details: we have polls for each of the 32 First Round matchups, and the voting will run through Sunday night. Vote for your favorite in each matchup, and the loser is eliminated from the competition. Then, on Monday, we'll post the 32 winners and the polls for the 16 following matchups. Next Thursday, we'll post those 16 winners (the Sweet 16), and run 8 polls through Sunday night. On the next Monday, we'll post the 8 winners (the Elite Eight) and run 4 polls through Wednesday night. Then finally, we'll have our LUMM Final Four, winners for each of the four categories (Favorite Player, Favorite Manager, Favorite Great, and Favorite Icon), and a chance to crown the ultimate Leeds United March Madness winner for 2016.
(Thanks to Vertex42 for the amazing customizable spreadsheet there. Click the photo above to enlarge it and see the updated bracket.)
And here are your polls. Away we go with the Second Round..... GET INNNNNN
THE PLAYERS BRACKET
THE MANAGER BRACKET
THE GREATS BRACKET
THE ICONS BRACKET
Thanks for voting in the Second Round everyone. Check back on Thursday to see who made the Sweet 16!