Seriously ESPN? You’re putting up a column about a “bracket” to determine the best meat a full WEEK after So Good launched Meat Madness? Now look, I’m not claiming to be the first person in the world to come up with the idea of a bracket to determine which is the best of certain kinds of products, such as meat. In fact, the idea of meat madness was suggested to me by a reader.Â Nor do I have any sole ownership over the concept.Â But you guys probably paid this Paul Lukas character a little bit of money for his column.Â Why no love for So Good?
I should point out, that while the concept of Lukas’s post is exactly the same as So Good’s Meat Madness, the presentation and execution are a bit different. For one thing, he started with 64 meats – something I considered but ultimately tossed out because the voting would have taken ages.Â Second main difference? He goes through and picks his winners of the meat bracket from start to finish. So essentially the bracket is introduced, every match-up is resolved, and a winner is chosen by the end of the column. Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the audience participation?
So who made the final four for Paul Lukas?Â Bacon, standing rib roast, bratwurst and chicken tails. Weird. That definitely won’t be the outcome of the Meat Madness bracket here at So Good, I can tell you that much.Â In the finals of his bracket? Standing rib roast defeated bacon in the final match-up. Interesting.
Still several weeks to go before a champion is crowned in So Good’s Meat Madness – should be a great tournament.