It’s the greatest tournament in the galaxy! No, not the NCAA, but the This Is Madness - Star Wars Character Tournament! Last week Ben Finfer of The Game 87.7 and I gave our predictions for the opening round of the tourney that will decide who is the best character in the Star Wars Universe.

Finfer went 14-2 in his picks, which Lord Vader would deem “Impressive. Most impressive.”

On the other hand, I went 9-7, and the Dark Lord had this reaction.

Anyhoo, we have now reached the Sweet Sixteen! And even though I’ve busted half my brackets, and no longer qualify to win a billion Republic credits, I’m still in the running to make it to the final.

Who will prove to be Chicago’s Top Star Wars Geek? Will it be Ben Finfer? Or yours truly? Check out our picks for the round of sixteen and follow along!:


R2-D2 VS. PRINCESS LEIA

Ben Finfer: R2-D2 is a survivor, probably more than anyone else in the galaxy.  More importantly he's a droid, which means he's immune to the image of Leia in her metal bikini. Not even Obi-Wan can offer hope for her highness .  Artoo crushes in this matchup.  

Winner: R2-D2

Elliott Serrano: It all comes down to who is more beloved in the Star Wars Universe, the spunky little droid who saved both Padme and her daughter in two sets of trilogies, or the Princess who the moment she was freed from her cell on the Death Star got her rescuers trapped in a garbage compactor.

Oh yeah, and R2 saved her then too!

Winner: R2-D2

YODA VS. OBI-WAN KENOBI

Finfer: Interesting battle.  Both are universally adored and the voting will be close.  However, I have determined a winner through extensive statistical research and also by remembering that Yoda won this exact same matchup last year.  I assume cheating is also a path to the dark side.

Winner: Yoda

Serrano: Yoda over Obi-Wan again? For the second year in a row?  Strong in the Force is he, but not that strong.

Winner: Obi-Wan Kenobi

CHEWBACCA VS. HAN SOLO

Finfer: This one is Shakespearean.  How can someone be asked to choose between two best friends?  I assume in the end people will begrudgingly vote Han for the same reason I will.  Tie goes to the actor who also played Indiana Jones.

Winner: Han Solo

Serrano: Han Solo may be the galaxy’s favorite rogue, but he’d be nowhere without his wookiee first mate. Besides, the galaxy owes Chewbacca after what he went through in the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Winner: Chewbacca

PADME AMIDALA VS. CAPTAIN REX

Finfer: This is Stanford vs. Dayton.  Cute, little Sweet 16 matchup.  But neither is getting past the next round no matter what happens here.  For pure name recognition Padme will win. Unless she loses her will to fight.  Zing!

Winner: Padme Amidala

Serrano: Again, you go and underestimate the popularity of the Clone Wars series Finfer. Do you want me to loan you my set of blu-rays? Watch them you will. Understand how awesome Captain Rex is, you shall.

Winner: Captain Rex

TARKIN VS. GENERAL GRIEVOUS

Finfer: Tarkin's hubris led to the destruction of the Death Star and his eventual death. Grievous' annoying cough led to me rooting for him to die and then smiling when he finally did.

Winner: Tarkin    

Serrano: I’m guessing that Tarkin is getting some support from Whovians since Peter Cushing did play everyone’s favorite Time Lord in “Doctor Who and the Daleks”. And yeah, Grievous’ cough sure got on my nerves. What, they don’t have cough syrup in that galaxy far, far away?

Winner: Tarkin 

BOBA FETT VS. JANGO FETT

Finfer: In a real fight between these two Jango would win since he'd surely know how to defeat his own clone. However, in a popularity contest Boba will win because absolutely nobody in their right mind would vote for Jango.

Winner: Boba Fett 

Serrano: I’m pretty sure that if you take all of Jango Fett’s screen time in “Attack of the Clones” and compare it to Boba’s in the classic trilogy, Jango comes out ahead. And yet it’s Boba’s action figure that they can’t keep in stock at toy stores. Go figure.

Winner: Boba Fett

DARTH VADER VS. EMPEROR PALPATINE

Finfer: Been there, done that.

Winner: Darth Vader

Serrano: That sound you just heard was Vader dropping Palpatine down a reactor shaft. Again.

Winner: Darth Vader

JABBA THE HUTT VS. PRE VIZSLA

Finfer: This is going to be no contest for Jabba.  He easily moves on to the next round.  Which would be the first time he's easily moved anywhere.  Yep, I went there.

Winner: Jabba the Hutt

Serrano: Fat shaming a Hutt, Finfer? Think that’s smart? You’ll have plenty of time to consider the error of your ways while in carbonite freeze.

Winner: Jabba the Hutt

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