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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1327
Division South Division
Match # 23
Match Date Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003
Vote difference 7,284
Max Payne - 65.42%
(26,860 brackets)

Gordon Freeman may have lost in 2002 to Tina Armstrong as a 3 seed, but his legend wasn't truly born until this match against Max Payne. Amazing Telephone went absolutely insane during the time leading up to this match with various forms of hilarity and wit, and even though most people refused to put any stock whatsoever into Gordon there was still a fairly well-sized base of people that believed Gordon could win this match against Max Payne.

But once the match began and everyone saw Gordon again tank a match that he probably could have won, the Gordon Freeman Never Wins (GFNW) fad was born. It obviously hasn't died since, because Gordon has yet to win a match.

What's lost in Gordon's failures is that he has yet to allow an opponent to break 40% on him. There's a very select list of characters that can claim this, but Gordon is far and away the character with the worst winning percentage (.000) among them. You'd think a character capable of breaking 40% in every match would have broken through by now, but no. Then again, CJayC has caught on to the whole GFNW joke and puts Gordon in these types of matches on purpose. One day Ceej'll probably crack and pit Gordon against pure fodder, but hopefully not. It would kill the joke if Gordon ever won one.

Fun fact. In terms of final percentage, this is the closest that Gordon has ever come to actually winning a match. Ceej has gone the "stick Gordon against a generic male character with two names" route twice since, but Max Payne fit the whole near-miss thing for Gordon the best.

Yet despite almost being given winnable matches every year, Gordon never manages much of anything. Even against Payne, a match that looks close when one looks at the final percentage, Gordon was never in the match and the vote total was the lowest of the Summer 2003 Contest.

We really need Gordon Freeman versus Face CATS.

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2003 Contest Matches

Round One
Link > AiAi
Fox > Pikachu
Ganondorf > Tidus
Magus > Sam Fisher
Squall > Jill
Luigi > Ratchet
KOS-MOS > Crash
Samus > Isaac
Cloud > CATS
Auron > Tails
Bowser > Ness
Yoshi > Conker
Aeris > Sora
Master Chief > Felix
Zero > Scorpion

Sonic > Ken
Mario > Olimar
Shadow > Wario
Kefka > Pac-Man
Crono > Tom Nook
Alucard > Bomberman
Kirby > Ramza
Max Payne > Gordon
Sephiroth > Raziel
Snake > Raiden
Knuckles > Yuna
Ryu > Duke
Dante > Ryo Hazuki
Donkey Kong > Vyse
Vercetti > Kite
Zelda > Lara Croft
Mega Man > Mr. Resetti

Round Two
Link > Fox
Magus > Ganondorf
Squall > Luigi
Samus > KOS-MOS
Cloud > Auron
Bowser > Yoshi
Aeris > Master Chief
Sonic > Zero
Mario > Shadow
Crono > Kefka
Alucard > Kirby
Sephiroth > Max Payne
Snake > Knuckles
Ryu > Dante
Vercetti > Donkey Kong
Mega Man > Zelda

R3 and following
Link > Magus
Samus > Squall
Cloud > Bowser
Sonic > Aeris
Mario > Crono
Sephiroth > Alucard
Snake > Ryu
Mega Man > Vercetti
Link > Samus
Cloud > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mario
Mega Man > Snake
Cloud > Link
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Cloud > Sephiroth (Finals)