Republished from Heading for the Exits.
I remember the summer of 2007 like it was yesterday. Sitting in my college apartment, waiting for my hangover to go away while calculating how many more summer classes I could afford to skip before my professors would begin deducting points from my overall grade as SportsCenter played in a continuous loop on my television. That summer sticks with me for a number of reasons, but one reason in particular stands out in my memory above all the rest – ESPN’s “Who’s Now” competition.
For the uninitiated, “Who’s Now” was a single-elimination, 32-contestant tournament to determine which athlete was the most “Now” back then. Tiger Woods plowed through the competition like they were Golden Corral hostesses or whatever, and won the tournament in a landslide. In case you were curious and wanted to have a “Holy shit, I can’t believe it’s only been six years since [person's name] was relevant!” experience, here is a bracket of the tournament, exactly as it occurred back in ’07:
Needless to say, a lot has changed in the sports and pop culture landscape over the last six years. Most kids these days couldn’t tell you who Chuck Liddell is, we still haven’t figured out what Kelly Slater does and Ronaldinho’s soccer legacy is merely a footnote ever since he decided to change sports and renamed himself “Robert Griffin III.” While seeing Matt Leinart and Vince Young probably made you laugh as well, one thing about this bracket is clear – it’s time for an update.
With that in mind, I am proud to present to you, our beloved readers, the 2013 Heading for the Exits Who’s Nower competition! The voting criteria for this competition is the same as it was back in 2007 – pretty much whatever you want it to be. Love someone? Hate someone? It doesn’t make a difference to me what you base your votes on. Just pick the person that you think is “More Nower” in each of the matchups, and see how it all plays out. Here’s the bracket:
Before we get started with the voting, let’s take a quick look at the contestants.
1. Oddibe McDowell’s Water Bill - This Deadspin Hall of Famer made waves with its presence in 2012. Some may say that a water bill has no business in the Deadspin Hall of Fame, but many others believe that this groundbreaking achievement will have a ripple effect on water bills for years to come.
2. A.J. Daulerio - While he is best known for showing the world Brett Favre’s penis, the crowning achievement of this former Editor-in-Chief’s Deadspin tenure came when he decided to take acid and tried to recreate Doc Ellis’ infamous acid-induced no hitter on a video game. Since that time, A.J. has taken over and consequentially left Gawker, wrote extensively about the hit television show Girls, and has been enshrined into the Deadspin Hall of Fame.