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 3,400 votes cast (over 15,100 votes to date):
In the Singers (Female) category, Dolly Parton (65%) defeated Cyndi Lauper (35%).
In the Actors (Female) category, Brooke Shields (59%) defeated Susan Sarandon (41%).
In the Authors/Journalists category, Stephen King (81%) destroyed Tom Clancy (19%).
In the Scientists/Activists/Entrepreneurs/Politicians category, Linda McCartney (66%) defeated Janet Reno (34%).
In the Singers (Male) category, Ringo Starr (65%) upset George Harrison (35%).
In the Actors (Male) category, Tom Hanks (74%) defeated Mel Gibson (26%).
In the Athletes category, Wayne Gretzky (57%) defeated Bret Hart (43%).
In the Comedians category, Conan O’Brien (59%) upset Jay Leno (41%).
Here’s the updated Bracket unveiled (click on image to view enlarged version):
Now without further ado, our first set of Round 2 head-to-head matchups featuring the conference semi finals:
Tale of the Tape: Gaga versus Dolly!
Lady Gaga appears in “Angry Dad: The Movie” (S22, E14) and “Lisa Goes Gaga” (S23, E22). She is also mentioned in “Homer Scissorhands” (S22, E20) and parodied in “The Ned-liest Catch” (S22, E22). She is most remembered for an episode centered around her and Lisa, appearing on her own Gaga train, singing a few songs, wearing a meat dress Homer starts eating, and of course for kissing Marge.
Lady Gaga beat Judith Owens in Round 1.
Dolly Parton appears in the Superbowl episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday” (S10, E12). She is also mentioned in “Bart Has Two Mommies” (S17, E14) and “Love is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4” (S27, E13). She is most remembered for getting Wally Kogen and the guys from Springfield out of jail at the Superbowl.
Dolly Parton beat Cyndi Lauper in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Xena versus Suddenly Susan!
Lucy Lawless, often appearing in the guise of her popular TV character Xena, appears in “Mayored to the Mob” (S10, E09), “Treehouse of Horror X” (S11, E04), and “Children of a Lesser Clod” (S12, E20). She is also mentioned in “Little Girl in the Big Ten” (S13, E20), shown in a photo in “Helter Shelter” (S14, E05), and has an archival footage appearance in “Gump Roast” (S13, E17). She is most remembered for being collected by The Collector and saved by Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl.
Lucy Lawless beat Gal Gadot in Round 1.
Brooke Shields appears in “The Front” (S04, E19). She is also mentioned in “Stark Raving Dad” (S03, E01) and seen in a picture in “Springfield Splendor” (S29, E02). She is most remembered for presenting Abe with the Outstanding Writing award at the Annual Cartoon Awards.
Brooke Shields beat Susan Sarandon in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Magical Wizards versus Scary Clowns!
J.K. Rowling appears in “The Regina Monologues” (S15, E04). She is most remembered for meeting Lisa and the Simpsons outside a bookshop, replying “Thank you, young Muggle” to Lisa’s appreciation of the books, and sarcastically responding to what will happen in the end of the series (as her appearance predates the end of the series).
J.K. Rowling beat Bill James in Round 1.
Stephen King appears in “Insane Clown Poppy” (S12, E03). He is most remembered for discussing his future endeavours with Marge at a Springfield book convention.
Stephen King beat Tom Clancy in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Electric Car and Space Entrepreneur versus Animal Rights Activist!
Elon Musk appears in “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” (S26, E12). He is also mentioned in “My Fare Lady” (S26, E14), “The Princess Guide” (S26, E15), “Flanders’ Ladder” (S29, E21), and his name is seen in “Steal This Episode” (S25, E09″). He is most remembered for befriending Homer, improving the nuclear plant with Homer, leaving for space, and playing Tapped Out in space.
Elon Musk beat Mark Zuckerberg in Round 1.
Linda McCartney appears in “Lisa the Vegetarian” (S07, E05). She is most remembered for hanging out in Apu’s secret garden.
Linda McCartney beat Janet Reno in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Walrus of Love versus Beatle Legend!
Barry White appears in “Whacking Day” (S04, E20) and “Krusty Gets Kancelled” (S04, E22). He is most remembered for helping Lisa and Bart save the snakes during Whacking Day festivities in Springfield.
Barry White beat John Legend in Round 1.
Ringo Starr appears in “Brush with Greatness” (S02, E18). He is also seen as a bobblehead in “The Bart Of War” (S14, E21). He is most remembered for writing back to Marge’s fan art she had sent him.
Ringo Starr beat George Harrison in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Forest Gump versus B.A. Baracus!
Tom Hanks appears in The Simpsons Movie. He is also mentioned in “Jaws Wired Shut” (S13, E09) and his picture seen in “Springfield Splendor” (S29, E02). He is most remembered for being the spokesman for the new ‘Grand Canyon’ coming to where Springfield used to be.
Tom Hanks beat Mel Gibson in Round 1.
Mr. T appears in “Today, I am a Clown” (S15, E06). He also appears in “Homer the Great” (S06, E12), “Treehouse of Horror XII” (S13, E01), “The Old Man and the Key” (S13, E13), “I Am Furious (Yellow)” (S13, E18), “Homerazzi” (S18, E16), and “Midnight Towboy” (S19, E03), but voiced by Hank Azaria. He is also mentioned in “Homer Badman” (S06, E09) and “Marge’s Son Poisoning” (S17, E05), and is seen in a picture in “Treehouse of Horror XXX” (S31, E04). He is most remembered for being a celebrity guest as part of Krusty’s bar mitzma.
Mr. T beat Gary Coleman in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: The Straw versus The Great One!
Darryl Strawberry appears in “Homer at the Bat” (S03, E17). He is most remembered for taking Homer’s spot on the SNPP softball team, and being the only pro to make it to the final game.
Darryl Strawberry beat Jeff Gordon in Round 1.
Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky appears in “The Nightmare After Krustmas” (S28, E10). He is most remembered for appearing in Maggie’s dream to help defeat her gnome.
Wayne Gretzky beat Bret Hart in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Battle of The Tonight Show hosts!
Johnny Carson appears in “Krusty Gets Kancelled” (S04, E22). He also is seen in “Lisa’s Pony” (S03, E08). He is most remembered for being approached to help out in Krusty’s comeback special.
Johnny Carson beat Bob Newhart in Round 1.
Conan O’Brien appears in “Bart Gets Famous” (S05, E12). He wrote the episodes “New Kid on the Block” (S04, E08), “Marge vs. the Monorail” (S04, E12), “Homer Goes to College” (S05, E03), and the wraparounds of “Treehouse of Horror IV” (S05, E05). He is most remembered for interviewing Bart on his talk show.
Conan O’Brien beat Jay Leno in Round 1.
Reminder, voting is open until noon EDT Friday August 14th.
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.