KJR’s Bigger Dance has begun! If you failed to fill out your bracket, you are now ineligible to participate and take home one of 30 prizes (including six trips) that your favorite sports radio station is giving away.
On the flip side, if you did fill out your bracket, you’re probably wondering how it will shape up. We’ll be updating this thread throughout the tournament with matchup results from the 2009 Bigger Dance, keeping you informed on all the games as they happen.
The most recent game will appear on the front page, while the rest of the results can be viewed by clicking on the article title or the “Read the rest of this entry” button.
*Denotes a correct pick by Seattle Sportsnet. After Day 11, we are currently 45-3.
*Game #48: (1) Jessica Alba 56, (9) Jennifer Aniston 19. Jennifer deserved better. Against anyone else, she might have pulled out the W. Instead, matched up against the buzzsaw that is Jessica Alba, Aniston was crushed.
We’ve run through all 32 first round games, all 16 second round contests, and now we’ve moved on to the Sweet 16. Eight matchups with ever-increasing implications. It’s crunch time now. Get over to 950KJR.com and fill out your bracket ASAP.
Jessica Simpson vs. Megan Fox. On the surface, this looks like a tough call. Simpson has always been a force in the Bigger Dance, while Fox is a relative newcomer. That said, Fox is also one of the biggest names in this year’s tourney, and the likely favorite to upset three-time champ Jessica Alba. Just the first in a line of Jessicas that Fox runs through, the Transformers star moves on and advances to the Elite Eight.
Alessandra Ambrosio vs. Keeley Hazell. It’s a wonder that this pair of semi-unknowns have managed two victories thus far, but only will make it into the next round. Give that ticket to Hazell and let her punch it. Neither one of these two will make it past the Elite Eight, but you have to like the physical make up of Hazell over her competition in Ambrosio.
We’ve broken down the first round matchups in each of the four regions (which can be found here), and now it’s time to move on to the Round of 32. Without further ado, here’s what you can expect in the second round of the Bigger Dance.
1. Hayden Panettiere vs. Jessica Simpson. An agonizing decision to be made in this one. Do we go with the seemingly omnipresent Simpson, or the up-and-comer in Panettiere? Both had strong showings in the 2008 Bigger Dance, with Simpson winning three matchups and Panettiere two. But here’s a hint for you when making your picks: If you can’t make a decision right away, go with the contestant you think a woman would pick. There’s no doubt in my mind that most women would lend their vote to the engaging Simpson. That gives her the edge and the nod into the Sweet 16.
2. Elin Nordegren vs. Megan Fox. I’m doing you a favor by telling you right now, without divulging any further information on our later-round picks, that this is Megan’s year. It’s the year of the Fox, and Mrs. Tiger Woods just happens to be standing in her way.
3. Alessandra Ambrosio vs. Mila Kunis. Neither of these two will advance past the Sweet 16, but we like Ambrosio more than Kunis. Ambrosio has the “Wow” factor, while Kunis is best known for lending her talents to the voice of Family Guy’s Meg Griffin. That has to catch up to you at some point, and now it does. Ambrosio with the W.
In perhaps the most interesting first round matchup of the entire Bigger Dance, two Seattle-based newscasters will go head-to-head for the right to move into Round Two.
Lisa Gangel, KING 5 sportscaster, takes on Rebecca Stevenson, KIRO 7 meteorologist, in this battle of local proportions.
Stevenson is a first-timer in this competition and will probably have to settle for the joy that comes with making the field. She’ll have a tough time taking care of Gangel, who has the edge in experience (this is her second Bigger Dance appearance) and familiarity with the voting audience (she does cover sports, after all).
It’s Erin Andrews’ year. We’re just going to go ahead and say it.
ESPN’s sideline reporter extraordinaire needs to win, deserves to win, and should win her first round matchup with supermodel Bar Refaeli.
Of course, getting past the 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model will be no easy task. But if anyone is up for it, it’s Andrews, who has the zesty type of personality that both men and women can adore.
This is Andrews’ third appearance in the Bigger Dance, and she’s been the victim of tough matchups in each of those years.
In 2007, while still a relative unknown, Andrews crumbled before country singing sensation Carrie Underwood in her first round game.
In ’08, she met Alessandra Ambrosio in the opening round, and met a similar fate as the year before.
Now, in 2009, she’s out to prove that she’s no ugly stepsister. This is Cinderella’s year, and the slipper fits Erin Andrews.
We’ve all seen it before: The savvy vet versus the hot, young up-and-comer. Do we side with experience, or lend ourselves to the exuberance of youth?
These are two questions we’ll need to answer in selecting a winner in this pick-em matchup of the Triple Hops Brewed Region.
Our veteran is Salma Hayek, a leading lady of the silver screen who has the benefit of age, wisdom, and a pronounced chest to her credit. Hayek took a one-year hiatus from the tourney in ’08, but prior to that had been in the field of 64 for every single Bigger Dance.
The overzealous youngster trying to disrespect her elders with a victory is Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. She’s a first-timer in the Bigger Dance and trying to make a splash in her debut.
No sure thing here, but we like the rookie in this one. Expect big things from Brooklyn Decker in the upset.
Two curvaceous women of the music scene highlight the eight games in the Miller Lite Region of 950 KJR’s 2009 Bigger Dance Bracket.
The Jessica Simpson-Beyonce Knowles showdown is one that could have significant repercussions in the later rounds of the tournament. Both have the ability to go deep into the bracket, and either diva could provide a worthy challenge to likely second-round foe Hayden Panettiere.
Though it’s a tough choice, our official pick goes to Mrs. Romo herself, Jessica Simpson.
Simpson has the looks and the assets to pull off the W. She has the media in her grasp even when she’s not making music, and her connection to the sports world through Romo doesn’t hurt, either.
As a bonus, she’s gone from sleek and slender, to “more to love,” and back to sleek and slender all in a period of six months. That should appeal to fans of all body types.
Beyonce’s downfall comes as a result of her waning media spotlight, thanks in large part to her 2008 wedding to rapper/mogul Jay-Z. As soon as the world found out that the two superstars had tied the knot, the traveling media circus hit the road and it’s been quiet around the Knowles-Z household ever since. Though she possesses championship-caliber good looks, Beyonce will be hard-pressed to take down perennial favorite Simpson.