Does this tournament have a formal name? No? Let me propose "Stuart Scott Memorial Annoying Sports Media Person Tournament" in honor of the one person who caused countless numbers of people to avoid ESPN like the plague - and who I blame for the deterioration in the quality of ESPN and the outlandish coverage of highlights and general over-hype of anything the network covers, and who comfortably represents the single-most annoying person in sports history since ... well, quite possibly ever.
Upper Left: Smith/LeBatard. Smith is self-explanatory; LeBatard, I've *never* understood the fascination about - and his constantly rolling out his father in every show is nauseating. Walton gives him a run in the Round of 16, and it goes to the dying seconds of a broadcast before Dan says something inane and uninteresting - and then rolls out his dad to say something truly annoying. Winner: Smith - because he just freaking shows up everywhere on ESPN, and given 5 seconds, there's little he's not an expert on.
Lower Left: Simmons/Hill. Hill has been covered extensively here; Simmons is the guy who was good, knew he was good, and decided to become a grandiose prick and dare people to do something about it. Winner: Simmons - Hill is annoying and it's natural, but it's also inadvertent, and she's actually gotten better (such that there was much to work from). Simmons is annoying as piss and it's intentional, and he seems determined to try and go scrape bottom.
Upper Right: Bayless/Deadspin. The fact that Papi LeBatard is even listed on a line tells you that others realize it - but that's not enough to move him out. (It does buttress the case for Dan to advance deep, though.) Deadspin is the Internet version of Bill Simmons; I hate it more than Colin Cowherd (who, even if he says dumb crap, is at least interesting at times), and it barely holds off Woody Paige in the Round of 16. Winner: Bayless - think of one of those 1/16 matchups that's a total rout from the start.
Lower Right: McShay/Gottlieb. The upper half here looks weak; Rome would have been a runaway winner here years ago, but he's calmed down (and become semi-irrelevant). [I have no idea who Clay Travis is, so that doesn't help - or, maybe that's a good thing. I'll let everyone else decide which it is.] Corso would be a strong contender; see Rome. McShay has no other role than to be a poor man's Kiper Jr., and he does it ... well, poorly. Gottlieb's show at ESPN was nondescript until he decided to rip off Cowherd's format and crank the annoyance factor up to 11. Winner: Gottlieb - at least you only have to put up with McShay for a couple months of the year; Gottlieb goes year-round.
Left Semi: Smith over Simmons - in a titantic matchup, SAS edges out BS, who at least can claim to have done something decent in his career.
Right Semi: Bayless over Gottlieb - I could make the argument that Gottlieb doesn't think he's the greatest person in the room. Bayless would show up at the opening of a door to proclaim how smart he is.
Championship: Bayless over Smith - SAS would at least concede agreement on a point and stop; Bayless would refuse to admit agreement and continue arguing hoping that someone would finally say, "you're right, Skip" - and then he'd still want to get the final word.
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."