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.