It was six years ago, just after the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket was complete that I thought it might be cool to do a The Simpsons Tapped Out bracket. Here we are in the oddest of NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs of all times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s time for our sixth TSTO Addicts Bracket Battle!
How much longer EA can keep Tapped Out going is up for debate. But what isn’t debatable is that there have been A LOT of incredible guest stars appearing as themselves in the rich history of The Simpsons universe. A rare few of these (like Stephen Hawking and Weird Al) have made their way into our games. However, hundred are still not in our little game. There is so much in fact, that it was hard just to narrow it down to 64 entries to start with. I thought of making the Bracket Battle start with 128 entries, but we’d be battling well into fall. With that in mind, we present to you TSTO Addicts’ Most Desired Real Life Celebrity Bracket Battle.
For rules and regulations, check out the Week 1 post here.
First, for the results from last week, from over 3,200 votes cast:
In the Singers (Female) category, Lady Gaga (83%) destroyed Judith Owen (17%).
In the Actors (Female) category, Lucy Lawless (79%) defeated Gal Gadot (21%).
In the Authors/Journalists category, J.K. Rowling (64%) defeated Bill James (36%).
In the Scientists/Activists/Entrepreneurs/Politicians category, Elon Musk (78%) defeated Mark Zuckerberg (22%).
In the Singers (Male) category, Barry White (87%) destroyed John Legend (13%).
In the Actors (Male) category, Mr. T (69%) upset Gary Coleman (31%).
In the Athletes category, Darryl Strawberry (73%) defeated Jeff Gordon (27%).
In the Comedians category, Johnny Carson (58%) barely beat Bob Newhart (42%).
Here’s the updated Bracket unveiled (click on image to view enlarged version):
Now without further ado, our second set of head-to-head matchups featuring the 2 vs 7 matchups in all eight conferences:
Tale of the Tape: The Divine Miss M versus the First Lady of Rock!
Bette Midler appears in “Krusty Gets Kancelled” (S04, E22). She is most remembered for hurling a can at someone littering on the side of the highway and singing a duet with Krusty during his comeback special.
Linda Ronstadt appears in “Mr. Plow” (S04, E09). She is most remembered for being in a hot tub with the Plow King Barney Gumble, while working on his company jingle.
Tale of the Tape: Batman’s Vicki Vale versus Baywatch’s Lani McKenzie!
Kim Basinger appears in “When You Dish Upon a Star” (S10, E05). She is most remembered for being crashed in on (literally) by Homer and subsequently her and her husband Alec Baldwin hiring Homer as their personal assistant.
Carmen Electra appears in “Frying Game” (S13, E21). She is most remembered for being the co-host of the hidden camera show Frame Up, where she was disguised as elderly Myrna Bellamy.
Tale of the Tape: Bridget Jones versus Joy Luck Club!
Helen Fielding appears in “A Star Is Born-Again” (S14, E13). She is most remembered for attending Marge’s book club with Sara Sloane, but not being disappointed when no one has read her Bridget Jones books, as at least she’s getting money from the sales.
Amy Tan appears in “Insane Clown Poppy” (S12, E03). She is most remembered for her response to Lisa’s comment at the ‘Future of Reading’ event:
Lisa: Miss Tan, I loved “The Joy Luck Club”. It really showed me how the mother-daughter bond can triumph over adversity.
Amy Tan: No, that’s not what I meant at all. You couldn’t have gotten it more wrong.
Amy Tan: Please just sit down. I’m embarrassed for both of us.
Tale of the Tape: Captain Charisma versus Banker To The Poor!
Tony Blair, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, appears in “The Regina Monologues” (S15, E04). He is most remembered for being at the airport to greet the Simpsons as they arrive in London and for stealing 1 American dollar from Homer.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus appears in “Loan-a Lisa” (S22, E02). He is most remembered for his website on micro transactions when Lisa is searching where to invest her $50.
Tale of the Tape: A Rolling Stone versus A Police!
Mick Jagger appears in a star studded “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” (S14, E02), as well as “Regarding Margie” (S17, E20), and “Midnight Towboy (S19, E03). He is most remembered for leading the rock camp that Homer is sent to.
Sting appears in “Radio Bart” (S03, E13). He also appears in non-speaking cameos in “Lisa the Iconoclast” (S07, E16), “The Springfield Files” (S08, E10), “Realty Bites” (S09, E09), “This Little Wiggy” (S09, E18), “Trash of the Titans” (S09, E20), “Bart the Mother” (S10, E03), “Moe Baby Blues” (S14, E22), “The Italian Bob” (S17, E08), “Elementary School Musical” (S22, E01), “At Long Last Leave” (S23, E14), and in The Simpsons movie. He is most remembered for writing the benefit song “We’re Sending Our Love Down the Well” for Timmy O’Toole, in which Sting had one of the lead vocal parts and sang the opening lines; and for being the one who finally breaks through the well to release Bart.
Tale of the Tape: Richie Cunningham versus Luke Skywalker!
Ron Howard appears in “When You Dish Upon a Star” (S10, E05) and “Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder” (S11, E06). He also appeared in non-speaking cameos in “Day of the Jackanapes” (S12, E13), “Funeral for a Fiend” (S19, E08), and in The Simpsons movie; as well his picture can be seen in “Springfield Splendor” (S29, E02). He is most remembered for giving Homer parenting advice, for being a very poor driver, and for wanting to kill Homer.
Mark Hamill appears in “Mayored to the Mob” (S10, E09). He is most remembered for appearing as a speaker at the Springfield Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, starting a nerd riot for endorsing Sprint, and for being saved from the mob by Homer.
Tale of the Tape: The Hawk versus The Iceman!
Tony Hawk appears in the 300th episode of The Simpsons “Barting Over” (S14, E11). He is most remembered for being Bart’s neighbour and friend when Bart is emancipated and for dueling with Homer mid-air on skateboards.
Chuck Liddell appears in “The Great Wife Hope” (S21, E03). He is most remembered for signing Bart’s program after the ‘Ultimate Punch, Kick & Choke Championship’, but then charging Bart $25.
Tale of the Tape: Bob versus Betty!
Bob Hope appears in “Lisa the Beauty Queen” (S04, E04). He also appears voiced by Hank Azaria in “D’oh-in’ in the Wind” (S10, E06) and by Dave Thomas in “Bart Has Two Mommies” (S17, E14). He is most remembered for introducing Lisa as Little Miss Springfield on his USO tour, only to start a riot as the soldiers were expecting Miss Springfield.
Betty White appears in “Missionary: Impossible” (S11, E15) and “Homerazzi” (S18, E16). Her picture can also be seen in “The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants” (S23, E07). She is most remembered for hosting a PBS telethon and for having her picture taken outside a dry cleaning shop.
Reminder, voting is open until noon EDT Friday July 24th.
What are your thoughts on this weeks eight matchups? Of the eight matchups above, which was the easiest decision and which was the hardest? What do you think of the bracket? What do you think of last weeks results? How often did you select with the majority last week? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you.
A note to Safi regarding this year’s Bracket Battle: You said that there have been so many real life celebrities that have appeared in “The Simpsons” universe that you had th narrow it down from 128 entries to 64 entries. Well, for next year’s Bracket Battle, you could consider doing a second Bracket Battle for Most Desired Real Life Celebrity that includes all of the real life celebrities who did not make the cut into this year’s Bracket Battle. It’s just a thought.
Anyway, I didn’t know about the Bracket Battle sooner, otherwise I would have tried to vote on it during week 1. With that in mind, these are the celebrities that I would have definitely voted during week 1: Lady Gaga (even though I’m not a fan of her, I strongly think that EA should have added her to the game during the Homerpalooza 2017 event); Lucy Lawless (especially if she dressed as Xena); Elon Musk (I even have an idea for a major TSTO event that I think would be perfect for adding him to the game because it would tie in with how he is portrayed on “The Simpsons” TV show); & Mr. T (only because I would prefer him over his Week 1 Bracket Battle opponent). I have no preference on the other week 1 celebrities, so my votes for them probably would have been random.
For my voting choices for Bracket Battle Week 2, I’m only choosing Bette Midler, Carmen Electra, & Amy Tan because, in my opinion, I think that they are the better of the two choices for each of their respective categories, but I otherwise have no preference. The week 2 celebrities that I am definitely voting for are: Tony Blair; Sting; Mark Hamill (preferably dressed as Luke Skywalker); Tony Hawk & Chuck Liddell, respectively (although I will be specifically voting for Tony Hawk in this year’s Bracket Battle, Chuck Liddell is nearly tied with Tony Hawk for my vote because I want both of those two celebrities to be added to TSTO); & Betty White (mainly because I really liked that scene at the end of the fictional PBS telethon where she says, “And remember kids ….” followed by Elmo ominously saying, “Elmo knows where you live!”).
I wish that we had a third & fourth voting option in these bracket battle polls so that we can choose to vote for only one of the opponents, for both opponents at same time (as a tied vote for both opponents), or for neither of the opponents (as a tied vote against both opponents). I say this because of my statement in my previous paragraph indicating that I want to vote for both Tony Hawk and Chuck Liddell, but I’m only being allowed to vote for one of those two.
Thanks for the input and suggestions.
Mick vs Sting? Opie Cunningham vs Luke? ARGH! 🙂 Thanks for doing this!
Some tough choices indeed!
I wonder, did I miss David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully or was that not included to begin with? Because that’s a pair of celebrities I would LOVE to see in Tapped Out.
unfortunately they were not eligible as they appeared as Mulder and Scully, and not as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. This list only included those celebrities who appeared as themselves.
Thanks for taking time and putting this together. I always enjoy them.
Glad you’re enjoying them. Be sure to come back and vote every week.
Glad you’re enjoying them. Be sure to come back and vote every week.
Safi, just out of curiosity I tried voting twice, but for the other candidate. Will both votes be counted or have I committed a cardinal win and will be shunned by the TSTO community?
win should have read Sin.
Both votes will count
My Votes (and no I’m not betting for who wins, this isn’t a Sports Books – lol!)
Amy Tan / Joy Luck Club
Tony Blair 🇬🇧 Prime Minister
Soooo many Celeb Characters we still don’t have in TSTO (sooo moments with them on The Simpsons to look back on – thanks Safi!) 😀👍🏻
Let’s see how often you voted with the majority.
Not fair to pit Bob Hope against Betty White! Both are icons! 🥰
Battle of the icons!
Can’t imagine it can get much harder than Bob Hope v Betty White…love these brackets!!
It only gets harder each week.
Can we all just agree that Betty White will win everything?
Good prediction. Let’s see if you’re right.
I would love to hear mick screem “Simpson!” Or hear snake screem ” See you hell Midler!”. Or have rock n roll band camp. Even better krusty and Midlar sing together.
Great potential tasks!
These are all great ideas! Especially Rock n Roll Band Camp! 😀👍🏻
After all these years today I learned that Bob Hope really did appear on the Simpsons. Also I really need a “Benny Hill” running task for Helen Fielding.
That was a great scene.
FYI, Your Bracket List image is not clickable.. you can’t enlarge it.
Should be fixed now
I am in wordpress, and I don’t see how to cast my ballot. I sense some voter suppression going on! And who said er cant get political!
I can only vote using Chrome, not my usual browser 🤷🏻♀️
Thanx, I’ll try there.
Down with voter suppression.!
Let us know how it goes with the different browser.
It worked. I’m glad I didn’t have go down the mail in ballot rout. That would just bring more controversy.
So odd. Heard it’s working in Chrome for others.
No votes for you! (In the tone of the Soup Nazi)
Some were hard!!!! Crap!!! No fair!!!
Do I smell vodka? And wheatgrass?
It only gets harder each week.