Sure, the Tourist Trap Tournament proceeds at a slower pace than its basketball-centric imitator, but travel just plain takes longer than tossing a plaything around little ol' room. In any case, Round 2 has just finished up, and here's where things stand, with recaps from the Cities & Squares & Markets Regional below.
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Great Wall of China v Piazza San Marco
Mascots: Earth Dragons v
The Earth Dragons have had their
ups and downs, but their talent stretches clear to the horizon—and it doesn’t hurt
that they’ve recently acquired a famous fan in First Lady Michelle Obama. If only
they could get over their tendency to put up bricks over and over again, as
they did on this occasion. No matter, though--the Earth Dragons slowly found their footing and eked out a victory over the Gondoliers, whose smooth strokes (and
snazzy outfits) weren't quite enough.
Las Vegas v Red Square
Mascots: Sinners v Embalmed
As the Embalmed Lenins learned
all too well, the Sinners are a tough team to read. Cool and calculating, they know when to hold 'em, know when to
fold 'em; they know when to walk away and know when to run. The Embalmed
Lenins were left lying lifeless, seeing tsars.
Angkor Wat v Times Square
Mascots: Dancin’ Asparas v
The real American Hustle? That would
be Bright Lights, known for their skill and flash. The Dancin’ Asaparas were
their usual splendorous selves, all timeless elegance, but they we no match for
Times Square, who last night shot the lights out for an hour. [Topical! -Ed.]
Dubai v Machu Picchu
Mascots: Shiny New Stuff v
Known for their sheer height and
innovative formations, the Shiny New Stuff are establishing a wide gulf between
themselves and their challengers (although there are also quite a few whispers
of scandal behind their sudden rise). The
Altitudinous Alpacas remained a mystery, Inca-trailing the whole way.