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Saturday, August 10th, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 980
Division South Division
Match # 41
Match Date Saturday, August 10th, 2002
Vote difference 13,325
Pac-Man - 64.85%
(10,871 brackets)

Earlier I mentioned how Lara Croft's performance suggests that she may not have been worthy of her one seed, but after two round of action, Pac Man may have proven even less worthy of the 1 seed than Lara was.

First of all, not even two thirds of bracketmakers picked Pac Man to make it out of a four pack featuring Goemon, Abe, and Kyo Kusanagi. Secondly, of all the 1 seeds in the 2002 contest, Pac Man had the biggest problems with vote totals through the first two rounds. He followed up a 41150 vote performance in the first round with a match in which he dropped by nearly 10000 votes. Not only was Pac Man clearly not deserving of a 1 seed, he, like Lara Croft, was failing to blow away cannon fodder.

Not that a match against Kusanagi was ever in question, of course. The issue is that even though Pac Man is more a status symbol than a strong character in polls, he wasn't exactly in a Lara-esque position. Croft had Crono to deal with at this point in this contest. Pac Man had either Max Payne or Scorpion, and it would take an act of God himself for someone like Pac Man to lose to one of those two.



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2002 Contest Matches

Round One
Mario > Servbot
Morrigan > Spyro
Aya > Terry Bogard
Donkey Kong > Bub
Alucard > Tails
Duke > Iori
Pikachu > PaRappa
Cloud > Fox
Lara > Chop Chop
Ryo Hazuki > Guybrush
Crono > Simon
Dante > Q*Bert
Aeris > Kasumi
Tina > Gordon
Knuckles > Akira

Snake > Squall
Pac-Man > Goemon
Kyo > Abe
Scorpion > Kazuya
Max Payne > Dirk
Bomberman > Kane
Jill > Kirby
Strider > Raziel
Link > Little Mac
Sonic > Pitfall Harry
Tidus > Claire
Samus > Ken
Ryu > CATS
Mega Man > Ms. Pac-Man
Serious Sam > Mr. Driller
Sephiroth > Gabe
Crash > Ulala

Round Two
Mario > Morrigan
Donkey Kong > Aya
Alucard > Duke
Cloud > Pikachu
Lara > Ryo Hazuki
Crono > Dante
Aeris > Tina
Snake > Knuckles
Pac-Man > Kyo
Scorpion > Max Payne
Jill > Bomberman
Link > Strider
Sonic > Tidus
Samus > Ryu
Mega Man > Serious Sam
Sephiroth > Crash

R3 and following
Mario > Donkey Kong
Cloud > Alucard
Crono > Lara
Snake > Aeris
Scorpion > Pac-Man
Link > Jill
Samus > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Mario > Cloud
Crono > Snake
Link > Scorpion
Sephiroth > Samus
Mario > Crono
Link > Sephiroth
Link > Mario (Finals)