Sunday, March 22

March Sandwichness Round 2 - Classic/Regional

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
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March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! tomorrow to see the winner’s from today’s poll and vote on the next round!


Today we kick off the second round of match ups for the Classic and Regional divisions. That means that all your favorites from the first round will be battling all your other favorites from the first round! You’ve got some big decisions to make (and some big sandwiches, hopefully) so vote now and discuss below!

***UPDATE: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The winners from yesterday are:
(1) Breakfast defeated (16) Loose Meat
(9) Panini defeated (8) Elvis
(5) Croque-Madame defeated (12) Mortadella
(4) Pepper and Egg defeated (13) Knuckle
(6) Dagwood defeated (11) Fancy Cucumber Tea Sandwich
(3) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich defeated (14) Mayonnaise
(10) Potato Chip defeated (7) Croque-Monsieur
(2) Thanksgiving Leftover defeated (15) Sealed Crustless PB&J

Not too many surprises here: we see mostly our strongest contenders moving on into the next round. Potato Chip came from behind to edge out the Croque-Monsieur, but is it strong enough to fare well in the next round against the ever-indomitable Thanksgiving Leftover?

The only other upset here was Panini defeating the Elvis by a whopping 230 votes! You guys really like Paninis, huh? Does that mean that Panini has the strength to fight its way out of its lower seed and go all the way in this tournament? Will Panini be the inspiring underdog story of the year?

I don’t know, but it’s certainly possible. Keep voting and checking back to watch the tournament unfold!

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Saturday, March 21

March Sandwichness Round 1 - Novelty Sandwiches

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
Click here to see the full bracket!

March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! tomorrow to see the winner’s from today’s poll and vote on the next round!


For our final region in the first round, we vote on the novelty sandwiches. From the delightful gluttony of the Elvis fried peanut butter and banana, to the refined classiness of the fancy cucumber tea sandwich, to the mystery of the sealed crustless PB&J (Has anyone actually eaten a sealed crustless PB&J? Are they any good?), we’ve got an assortment of strong contenders and interesting sandwich choices in today's region. If we’re going to have any dark horses or Cinderella stories, I think this is the region where they’ll happen (I'm looking at you, knuckle sandwich). Vote now and discuss below!

 

***UPDATE: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The winners from yesterday are:
(1) Cheesesteak defeated (16) Sloppy Joe
(8) Fried Chicken Biscuit defeated (9) Monte Cristo
(12) French Dip defeated (5) Meatball
(13) Hot Pastrami defeated (4) Meatloaf
(11) Fried Chicken defeated (6) Italian Beef
(3) Patty Melt defeated (14) Fried Fish
(7) Pulled Pork defeated (10) Rib Sandwich
(2) Reuben defeated (15) Fried Bologna

This proved to be a tumultuous round. In a few cases (Cheesesteak, Patty Melt, Pulled Pork, Reuben) the matches were runaways in favor of the higher seed. Fried Chicken Biscuit managed to defend its position against Monte Cristo, but only by a mere 46 votes. And we also had our share of upsets here.

Fried Chicken came from behind to edge out the Italian Beef, and both Meatball and Meatloaf were knocked out by the lower-seeded French Dip and Hot Pastrami. Looks like we might have a Cinderella story on our hands. Or a sandwich-ella? A cinder-sandwich? Either way, it’s going to be close!

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Friday, March 20

March Sandwichness Round 1 - Intense Sandwiches

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
Click here to see the full bracket!

March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! tomorrow to see the winner’s from today’s poll and vote on the next round!


Today we're tackling the intense sandwiches. Sandwiches covered in cheese, meat, and grease...those are all food groups, right? These are the kind of sandwiches that don't even need chips or a pickle to make them a whole meal. The sandwiches from the intense division may be messy, but they're definitely not messing around. Vote now and discuss below!

***UPDATE: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The winners from yesterday are:
(1) Lobster Roll defeated (16) Cevapi
(8) Mufaletta defeated (9) Souvlaki
(12) Shawarma defeated (5) Banh Mi
(4) Crab Cake defeated (13) Falafel
(6) Gyros defeated (11) Doner Kebab
(14) Torta defeated (3) Jibarito
(7) Italian Sub defeated (10) Cuban
(2) Po Boy defeated (15) Caprese

 

Our first upsets of the tournament! We had the Torta come from a weak seed to move up and take over the Jibarito and the Shawarma come from behind to overtake the Banh Mi. Can’t wait to see what happens when we pit some of these strong contenders against each other in the next round.

Remember to vote today and check back on the blog tomorrow at noon PST to see the winners from today and keep voting!

 

 

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Thursday, March 19

March Sandwichness Round 1 - Regional Sandwiches

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
Click here to see the full bracket!

March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back here at noon PST to see the winners from yesterday’s poll. Winners from today's round will be posted at noon PST tomorrow!


Today we tackle regional and international sandwiches. It’s not often that we get to show off our hometown pride just by eating a tasty snack, but one of the many beautiful things about sandwiches is that they give us the opportunity to do just that.

Vote for the sandwiches you love from across the country (and around the world) or just vote for the sandwiches that are matched against the sandwiches you hate the most. It’s all up to you!

***UPDATE: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The winners from yesterday are:
(1) Cheeseburger defeated (16) Tuna Melt
(8) Club defeated (9) Roast Beef
(5) Hamburger defeated (12) Cheese
(4) Corned Beef defeated
(13) Egg Salad
(6) Ham and Cheese defeated (11) Ham
(3) Grilled Cheese defeated (14) Chicken Salad
(7) Classic PB&J defeated (10) Classic Ice Cream
(2) BLT defeated (15) Tuna Salad

It proved to be a tough race between Classic PB&J and Classic Ice Cream Sandwich, but PB&J edged it out by just 68 votes. Every vote really does matter!

Almost every other matchup was a runaway, so I suspect we’ll have some tough decisions to make as we move forward in the tournament.

Remember to vote today and check back on the blog tomorrow at noon PST to see the winners from today and keep voting!

 

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Wednesday, March 18

 

Tuesday, March 17

The Debunker: Did the Nineteenth Amendment First Give Women the Right to Vote?

by Ken Jennings

March is Women's History Month in much of the English-speaking world. This means the patriarchy is currently keeping the eleven other months for itself but hey, baby steps. Ken Jennings, like many Jeopardy! contestants, would be the first to admit he knows nothing about women. But he'll be with us all month correcting some misconceptions about history—or is it herstory?!?—that even the most ardent Women's Studies majors might miss on the final.

The Debunker: Did the Nineteenth Amendment First Give Women the Right to Vote?

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson stood before the U.S. Senate and urged its members to approve a new constitutional amendment, one that would give women the right to vote. World War I was raging, and women were becoming familiar sights in mills and factories, with so much of the regular male workforce off fighting in Europe. The tide of public opinion on women's suffrage shifted rapidly, in a way that would be familiar to anyone watching the gay marriage debate today. States began to fall like dominoes, and both political parties, eager to stand on the right side of history, embraced the amendment. It was ratified in 1920, just five years after a similar bill couldn't get out of the House and two years after one had failed in the Senate.

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Monday, March 16

Music Monday: Beware The Ides Of March

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The Ides of March are traditionally when Caesars get a little nervous. After all, it was in the Ides that Julius Caesar was murdered by... aw, we all read the play in high school. Today's Music Monday is a tribute to all the great Caesars of days past. We who are about to rock salute you!

AC/DC - Hail Caesar

 

Julius Caesar is the Caesar most of us think of first, but remember, Caesar is a title, not a surname. Really, anyone with the vision, the drive, and the focus to crush everyone in their way could become a Caesar. What do you think "Czar" really means?

Ave, Caesar! More hails await you after the jump.

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Tuesday, March 10

The Debunker: Does the Word "Squaw" Mean Something Vulgar?

by Ken Jennings

March is Women's History Month in much of the English-speaking world. This means the patriarchy is currently keeping the eleven other months for itself but hey, baby steps. Ken Jennings, like many Jeopardy! contestants, would be the first to admit he knows nothing about women. But he'll be with us all month correcting some misconceptions about history—or is it herstory?!?—that even the most ardent Women's Studies majors might miss on the final.

The Debunker: Does the Word "Squaw" Mean Something Vulgar?

In 1992, Native American spokesperson Suzen Shown Harjo appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and dropped some jaw-dropping knowledge on The Queen of Talk. The word "squaw," she told Oprah, was derived from an Algonquin word meaning "female sexual parts." She went on to say that, as a result, some Indians refer to "squaw" as the "s-word," a rough equivalent of the verboten "c-word" in English.

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Monday, March 09

Music Monday: Happy Birthday John Cale

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There aren't many composers who can go from fronting the seminal punk band to playing what many would describe as classical music. John Cale has never stopped making music that's interesting and exciting, and seeing how today's the date of his birth, Scott's decided to pay this cool guy a little tribute. Perhaps you can join in, eh?

The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray NSFW due to elementary school-style body part talk your boss might not like

 

The debate with John Cale isn't where to mention the Velvet Underground, it's when. Do you close with it? Do you lead with it? I just decided to throw this beloved game-changing song in at the very start. Lou Reed gets most of the credit for being up front, but try to imagine this song without John Cale's organ. YOU CAN'T.

More like John Cale hits inside, after the jump.

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