The Miami Sports Media Bracket is underway after Dan Le Batard gutted Michael Rapaport in the play-in game last night as expected.
The Round of 32 begins today with voting lasting for 36 hours. Voting in the Gotz and Cote regions is live and you can vote in the Rose and Hoch regions here. Voting ends Tuesday at 9 p.m.
The Sweet 16 will begin on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
For a full description of how the contestants were chosen and the rationale behind this year’s tournament, click here.
Time to vote.
(1) Stugotz vs. (8) Jorge Sedano
As explained in the bracket unveiling, while Sedano technically isn’t a Miami media person anymore he is being penalized for abandoning Heat Island before the season. This punishment includes an opening-round matchup with Stugotz, champion of the Miami Sports Bracket arena in 2016 and this year’s No. 1 overall seed.
The Stugotz Army is determined, vicious, and appears primed to defend Jon Weiner’s throne at all costs.
(4) Adam Beasley vs. (5) Andy Slater
We’re told there’s some beef between the Miami Herald Dolphins reporter who once accidentally tweeted out a porn link (props to him for laughing it off) and the WINZ host who breaks his fair share of sports news while often bashing fellow media members with Worst Tweet bits.
(3) Channing Crowder vs. (6) Adam Kuperstein
This battle of the sadly deceased Kup and Crowder Show could get ugly. The extensive personal details they most know about each other… We’ll see who wants it more.
(2) Amber Wilson vs. (7) Jonathan Zaslow
Yet another matchup among work family, this one between co-hosts of 790’s morning drive show.
Crusty Cote Region
(1) Greg Cote vs. (8) Jason Liesure
Sound the Twitter beef alarm.
Greg doesn’t know what Jason looks like despite covering the same sporting events for years.
— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) January 10, 2017
Greg also got pummeled by Dwyane Wade on Twitter, backtracked, and Lieser hammered him with an uppercut.
Careful, Cote. You can’t spell Lieser without “lies.”
(4) Will Manso vs. (5) Tim Reynolds
The beef continues with Manso, WPLG Sports Director and Fox Sports Miami Heat host, against Reynolds, who covers the Heat, Canes, and terribly corny jokes for the AP.
Back in 2014, when things like Al Golden’s press conferences mattered, Reynolds became irked over some interference on the call with Miami’s inept coach, getting into it with WPLG exec producer David Lang while refusing to accept an apology.
Manso came to his producer’s defense on Twitter and then drove to Reynold’s house to settle the score with a right hook. Only one of those events is true.
(3) Eric Reid vs. (6) Tony Fiorentino
Only one will survive from what has to be one of the NBA’s longest running announcing tandems.
Will it be Eric “Kaboom” Reid or Tony “Stats” Fiorentino?
(2) Mike Ryan vs. (7) Joe Zagacki
Arguably our most intriguing first-round matchup: the Le Batard Show’s exec producer facing the voice of the Miami Hurricanes.
Ryan does a fine Zagacki impression (below).
Voting in the Hoch and Rose regions here.