A muppet-related discussion over in Cafe Society has prompted me to start my own Madness thread – Muppet Madness! This tournament will decide, once and for all, the Dope’s most beloved Muppet.
The seedings are according to my own probably-biased perception of each muppet’s popularity and general ubiquity. Since ubiquity and popularity are not always correlated, I would not be surprised at some early upsets.
I only selected muppets from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. If your favorite muppet is exclusive to Fraggle Rock or the Dark Crystal, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.
There were more than 64 muppets to choose from – I apologize if I’ve left out your favorite. Your only recourse will be to go back in time and host your own Muppet Madness thread before this one.
In a couple of places, two or more muppets appear as a team. You can only vote for the set.
The names of the brackets have no specific connection to the muppets contained therein.
For the potentially obscure muppets, Ive provided links to their Muppet Wiki pages. I’ll bet that in many cases, you’ll recognize the muppet even if you didn’t remember the name.
You don’t have to vote on every pairing. Jim Henson Division
A few more upsets. I know I’ll be the only person to vote for Prairie Dawn over Fozzie Bear (no Y) but I just dislike Fozzie, always have, even when I was a kid. He’s nice, but pathetic and painful to watch in the way all bad comics are. It’s not fun to watch a bad comic. Prairie Dawn is hilarious when trying to deal with Cookie Monster.
I’m not sure “Statler and Waldorf” constitute one Muppet.
Not too many upsets for me, though I would vote for any Muppet on the list (even ones I haven’t even heard of!) over Big Bird. I hate Big Bird, and have ever since I was a kid. Not a big Cookie Monster fan either, though this will probably put me in the massive minority.
Here are my picks.
[sub]armchair-quarterbacking where appropriate[/sub]
Kermit the Frog
[sub]the upset EVERYONE is rooting for! Elmo is the Duke of the Muppets- his ubiquity is matched only by the amount of educated hatred that exists for him.[/sub]
The Swedish Chef
[sub]Come ON. You can make a good case for Snuff not even EXISTING- committee put him here on reputation. Not on MY watch.[/sub]
[sub]No WAY Rizzo wins over a guy who throws FISH.[/sub]
Frank Oz Division
Oscar the Grouch
[sub]Fuck Beaker. How can you vote against Roosevelt fucking FRANKLIN, polymath extraordinaire? Look at this: “He taught concepts like family, pride, respect, geography and not drinking poison. Roosevelt was a cool kid who loved to scat, rhyme and sing the blues. His mother was proud of him.” THAT’s a fucking MUPPET. I’m singing the Roosevelt fucking Franklin song right now, and I say the fix is IN if some simpering half-wit whose only talent is getting blown sky-high like fucking BEAKER advances out of the first round.[/sub]
[sub]How is ZOE, the fucking SHE-ELMO, seeded higher than the Newsman?[/sub]
Dave Goelz Division
Count von Count
[sub]Love me some Fozzie, but that Prairie Dawn is one mean-ass bitch when riled.[/sub]
Statler and Waldorf
[sub]I sense a fix by a certain Uncle, but I have no hard-and-fast proof here[/sub]
The Amazing Mumford
[sub]a-la-peanut-butter-sandwiches! It’s Mumford in an upset![/sub]
[sub]too bad there’s no Joker to pull a Jason Todd on this Robin[/sub]
Richard Hunt Division
[sub]the only Muppet this uptight douche could beat is coincidentally his opponent in the first round. Droop’s heart just doesn’t seem to be in this one.[/sub]
Sam the Eagle
[sub]if Sam the Eagle doesn’t win, then the terrorists do.[/sub]
Dr. Bunson Honeydew
[sub]mellow beats dead six days a week and twice on Sunday[/sub]