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This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament - Round One Predictions

By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano

For RedEye

12:00 AM CDT, March 17, 2014

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The greatest tournament in the galaxykicks off today! No, I’m not talking about that silly, boring tournament involving - yawn - college basketball. I’m talking about the “This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament”, where Star Wars fans all over the world get to pick who is the best representative of that mythic series.

Last year’s winner was Jedi Master Yoda who defied the odds after beating some of his closest allies. This year looks like it will be tough for the little green guy to repeat, with some old friends and new competitors added to the mix.

And just like last year, I’m joined by fellow Star Wars geek Ben Finfer, sports radio host on The Game 87.7 FM.

Together we will do a run down of the opening round match-ups, and who we think will win.

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE STAR WARS CHARACTER!

Here we go!:

THIS IS MADNESS: STAR WARS CHARACTER TOURNAMENT - ROUND ONE PREDICTIONS

R2-D2 VS. WEDGE ANTILLES

Ben Finfer: Surviving attacks on two Death Stars should garner Wedge some support.  But he'll lose the all-important droid vote.

Winner: R2-D2

Elliott Serrano: The "Legend of Wedge" - along with his fan base - has been growing since the Battle of Yavin, as his exploits as leader of Rogue Squadron are told in many books and novels. But, I'm not sure it makes up for bailing on Luke during the Death Star Trench Battle, and R2 was there to his bitter end. So I’m with Finfer on this one.

Winner: R2-D2

PRINCESS LEIA VS. ADMIRAL ACKBAR

Finfer: It's a TRAP game for Leia!  Ackbar moves on.

Winner: Admiral Ackbar

Serrano: Leia proclaims “somebody get this walking sushi bar outta my way” as she trounces the Admiral.

Winner: Princess Leia

YODA VS. QUI-GON JINN

Finfer: Tough first round matchup.  Unfortunately Qui-Gon's particular set of skills will be insufficient against the tournament's defending champion.

Winner: Yoda

Serrano: Pitting two Jedi Masters against each other seems like a dastardly move. I wonder if the bracket makers included a Sith Lord? Too bad Qui-Gon = “he gone” after Yoda beats him quicker than Darth Maul.

Winner: Yoda
 
OBI-WAN KENOBI VS. LUKE SKYWALKER

Finfer: In the first round!?!  Harsh.  Anyway, it goes to Obi-Wan unless he just loses on purpose to prove some point.

Winner: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Serrano: Yeah, I sense the machinations of a Sith Lord in this bracket as well.  I can’t see the Force allowing the New Hope to lose to the Crazy Old Wizard.

Winner: Luke Skywalker

CHEWBACCA VS. LANDO CALRISSIAN

Finfer: One of these two can pull arms out of sockets, the other is played by a guy who's appearing on "Dancing With Stars."  Gimme the Wookie.

Winner: Chewbacca

Serrano: If only Lando had a can of Colt 45 to give Chewbacca and get him too drunk to care. Alas, the Wookiee always wins.

Winner: Chewbacca

HAN SOLO VS. HONDO OHNAKA

Finfer: Han easily handles Hondo.  This will be close to a shutout for the galaxy's most famous smuggler.

Winner: Han Solo

Serrano: The Star Wars Universe loves their scruffy-looking nerf herders, even though they hit on your sister while you’re recovering from a wampa attack.

Winner: Han Solo

PADME AMIDALA VS. BAIL ORGANA

Finfer: Padme is the Queen Mum and vital to the Star Wars story arc.  Bail Organa was just another paycheck for Jimmy Smits.

Winner: Padme Amidala

Serrano: Padme has never been a great decision maker, from helping bring down Chancellor Valorum to falling in love with Anakin Skywalker while he was in his “creepy stalker stare” phase. At least her daughter developed leadership skills and better taste in men under Bail Organa.

Winner: Bail Organa

CAPTAIN REX VS. ARC TROOPER FIVES

Finfer: I don't know either of these two characters.  But Captain Rex reminds me of Rex Grossman.  So I'm going with the other guy/clone.

Winner: Arc Trooper Fives

Serrano: Come on Finfer! You can catch the entire “Clone Wars” series, including the new “Lost Missions” on Netflix! Binge watch the show and see what a badass Captain Rex is.

Winner: Captain Rex

TARKIN VS. ADMIRAL PIETT

Finfer: I think Tarkin makes a deep run in this tournament.  Admiral Piett, you are no longer in command.

Winner: Tarkin

Serrano: Admiral Piett is the only Imperial Officer to ever survive the Dark Lord’s wrath. Tarkin is going out with his Death Star.

Winner: Admiral Piett

ASAJJ VENTRESS VS. GENERAL GRIEVOUS

Finfer: Grievous is just a sickly mess.  But he's the more well-known character.

Winner: General Grievous 

Serrano: Ventress is another Clone Wars character that gets short shrift. I’m going to bet that more Star Wars fans have seen those episodes on Netflix than Finfer has, and rally her to the victory.

Winner: Asajj Ventress

BOBA FETT VS. GREEDO

Finfer: Boba is one of the most beloved characters.  Greedo is at the center of the biggest Star Wars controversy... Hanshotfirst-Gate.

Winner: Boba Fett

Serrano: Going somewhere Greedo? Oh yeah, to the morgue. Sorry about the mess.

Winner: Boba Fett

CAD BANE VS. JANGO FETT

Finfer: Jango wins to set up a second-round battle with his son, which he'll lose.  But at least he can brag about Boba to the neighbors.

Winner: Jango Fett

Serrano: Cad Bane did surprisingly well in last year’s tourney, and I’m having strange visions of an upset. Always in motion the future is, difficult to see…

Winner: Cad Bane

DARTH VADER VS. DARTH MAUL

Finfer: Really is a shame.  Maul was such a cool character.  But Vader is Vader.

Winner: Darth Vader

Serrano: This is a later round match taking place in the opening round, but with all the Jedi falling earlier, I guess the Sith had it coming.

Winner: Darth Vader

EMPEROR PALPATINE VS. COUNT DOOKU

Finfer: Dooku was always a kiss-ass and never seemed to have his heart in it.  This is a pick I feel pretty GOOOOOOOOD about.

Winner: Emperor Palpatine

Serrano: Finfer’s right, Dooku never had his heart in it. Which is why he lost his head! (rimshot)

Winner: Emperor Palpatine

JABBA THE HUTT VS. SALACIOUS CRUMB

Finfer: Crumb was the Jay Leno of Tatooine.  He hadn't been funny in years, but held on to his gig anyway (except for Conan's eight-month stint as Jabba's jester).

Winner: Jabba the Hutt

Serrano: Jabba has been holding Crumb back all this time, Finfer! I’m rooting for the cackling little critter!

Winner: Salacious Crumb

MOTHER TALZIN VS. PRE VIZSLA

Finfer: Again, don't know these two and don't care.  Either one is losing to Jabba in Round Two.  I like dogs so I guess I'll go with the Vizsla.

Winner: Pre Vizsla

Serrano: I’ve seen the pics of Mother Talzin cosplay making the rounds. Impressive. Most impressive.

Winner: Mother Talzin

WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE GREATEST STAR WARS CHARACTER IN THE GALAXY? LET US KNOW!

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