Just as I’m sitting here watching the Fourth Episode of the Second Season of The Wire, I am tipped off to Grantland’s Smacketology – a bracket tournament to determine the Greatest Show Ever’s best character.
What if we actually did subject the key players of the Wire-verse to rigorous bracketological inquiry? If we played corner boys against dock workers, murder-polices against hoppers, and craven politicos against enigmatic not-actually-Greek human traffickers, in matchups as arbitrary and occasionally unjust as life and death on the mean streets of West Baltimore, would the king stay the king?
This week, we’re going to find out. And we’re probably also going to make David Simon mad, again. Behold: Grantland’s first-ever TV bracket. Thirty-two characters. Six days.
Undoubtedly, Omar will win this tournament, so it will be interesting to see who The Wire’s devoted fan base determines who is the Greatest Character other than Omar. Right now, I’m leaning to Avon.
Anyway, the tournament begins right now, on Grantland’s Facebook page. In the words of Stringer Bell, “Get on with it, motherfucker.”