From the moment our Boston’s Best Player bracket game was conceived, we had very little doubt Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would emerge as the champion.
That’s exactly how it played out. Voting ended at 3 p.m. today, and Brady easily outdistanced Paul Pierce of the Celtics by more than 2,000 votes.
But many would agree, put anything in a bracket and it’s fun. Radio host Max Kellerman once did one with zoo animals on New York radio. Deadspin is doing cats vs. dogs right now. So we put Boston’s top 32 players (key word is players, not athletes — that’s a whole other debate) in a bracket to see how things would play out.
There were some very interesting results. That Pierce was in the final was one, although his presence on Twitter gave him a puncher’s chance because TB12 is not.
Another was Bruins goalie Tim Thomas reaching the elite eight. While there’s no doubt Thomas is a great player, voting tends to follow online traffic patterns, and the Bruins usually rank fourth in online interest.
Brady had 6,070 votes in the final round; Pierce received 3,648. There were 214,000 votes cast over the course of five rounds.
Several rounds matched teammates against each other. Brady defeated Aaron Hernandez, Kevin Youkilis defeated Jonathan Papelbon, Jerod Mayo topped Logan Mankins, and Dustin Pedroia beat Josh Beckett in the first round.
Stay tuned for more bracket-style contests. Please add your thoughts or suggestions in the comments section so we can make the next one even better.