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 1,600 votes cast (over 16,700 votes to date):
In the Singers (Female) category, Dolly Parton (63%) upset Lady Gaga (37%).
In the Actors (Female) category, Lucy Lawless (82%) destroyed Brooke Shields (18%).
In the Authors/Journalists category, Stephen King (72%) upset J.K. Rowling (28%).
In the Scientists/Activists/Entrepreneurs/Politicians category, Linda McCartney (53%) barely upset Elon Musk (47%) by less than 20 votes.
In the Singers (Male) category, Barry White (54%) barely beat Ringo Starr (46%) by less than 25 votes.
In the Actors (Male) category, Mr. T (50%) barely upset Tom Hanks (50%) by just ONE vote.
In the Athletes category, Darryl Strawberry (54%) barely beat Wayne Gretzky (46%) by less than 20 votes.
In the Comedians category, Johnny Carson (52%) barely beat Conan O’Brien (48%) by less than 10 votes.
Here’s the updated Bracket unveiled (click on image to view enlarged version):
Now without further ado, our second set of Round 2 head-to-head matchups featuring the conference semi finals:
Tale of the Tape: The Divine Miss M versus Queen B!
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.
Bette Midler beat Linda Ronstadt in Round 1.
Britney Spears appears in “The Mansion Family” (S11, E12). She is most remembered for being co-host at the Springfield Pride Awards and killing the oldest resident in Springfield, Cornelius Chapman; prompting the second oldest, Mr. Burns, to shun her “kiss of death”.
Britney Spears beat Kara DioGuardi in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Battle of the Academy Award Winners!
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.
Kim Basinger beat Carmen Electra in Round 1.
Elizabeth Taylor appears in “Krusty Gets Kancelled” (S04, E22). She is most remembered for resenting her agent when she refuses the Krusty comeback special.
Elizabeth Taylor beat Eartha Kitt in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Marvel versus Joy Luck Club!
Stan Lee appears in “I Am Furious (Yellow)” (S13, E18) and “Married to the Blob” (S25, E10). He is also mentioned in “Treehouse of Horror X” (S11, E04) and “Springfield Splendor” (S29, E02) and has a couch gag cameo in “The Caper Chase” (S28, E18). He is most remembered for coming into the Android’s Dungeon and having a Hulk like tantrum.
Stan Lee beat Larry King in Round 1.
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.
Amy Tan beat Helen Fielding in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Captain Charisma versus Dr. Rendezvous!
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.
Tony Blair beat Muhammad Yunus in Round 1.
Buzz Aldrin appears in “Deep Space Homer” (S05, E15). His scenes from that episode are again shown in “The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular” (S07, E10) and in “Behind the Laughter” (S11, E22); and he is also seen in the background at the funeral in “Funeral for a Fiend” (S19, E08). He is most remembered for going into space with Homer.
Buzz Aldrin beat Neil deGrasse Tyson in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: A Beatle versus A Police!
Paul McCartney appears in “Lisa the Vegetarian” (S07, E05). He is also seen in a non-speaking cameos in “Treehouse of Horror X” (S11, E04) and “Homerazzi” (S18, E16) and is mentioned in “Treehouse of Horror” (S02, E03), “Burns Heir” (S05, E18), and “Penny-Wiseguys” (S24, E05). He is most remembered for hanging out in Apu’s secret garden.
Paul McCartnet beat Paul Anka in Round 1.
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.
Sting beat Mick Jagger in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: Live Long And Prosper versus May The Force Be With You!
Leonard Nimoy appears in “Marge vs. the Monorail” (S04, E12) and “The Springfield Files” (S08, E10). He is also seen in a non-speaking cameo in The Simpsons Movie, his name is on Comic Book Guy’s list of friends in “The D’oh-cial Network” (S23, E11), has an in memorium tribute in “The Princess Guide” (S26, E15), and his picture is seen in “Springfield Splendor (S29, E02). He is most remembered for ushering in the monorail in Springfield and then claiming credit for solving the Monorail mishap.
Leonard Nimoy beat Ernest Borgnine in Round 1.
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.
Mark Hamill beat Ron Howard in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: The Hawk versus King James!
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.
Tony Hawk beat Chuck Liddell in Round 1.
Lebron James appears in “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass” (S16, E08). He is most remembered for being one of Homer’s students when Homer teaches athletes how to celebrate.
Lebron James beat Danica Patrick in Round 1.
Tale of the Tape: The Office versus Golden Girls!
Ricky Gervais appears in “Angry Dad: The Movie” (S22, E14). He also appeared as the character Charles Heathbar in the episode he wrote “Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife” (S17, E15). He is most remembered for trying to host the Oscars.
Ricky Gervais beat Ellen DeGeneres in Round 1.
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.
Betty White beat Bob Hope in Round 1.
Reminder, voting is open until noon EDT Friday August 21st.
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.