Round 3 begins with sixteen competitors--that's the Supreme Sixteen to you (because, trademarks)--and ends with a Most Excellent Eight. All the recaps below! And if you're just joining us, you can relive all the excitement, game by game, round by round, over at Tourist Trap Tourney Central.
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Pyramids at Giza v Sydney Opera House
Mascots: Pharaohs v Avenging
The crowd-pleasing Avenging
Arias soared early once again, but came out flat after the intermission, their
long run ending on a bad note. The Pharaohs, meanwhile, had their day in the
sun, with an epic Ra-Ra-Ra spirit—they’re gods now.
Manneken-Pis v Easter Island
Mascots: Wee Whizzers v Furious
Purists may cry foul over the
Wee Whizzers’ style, but there’s no question that the little lads of Brussels
have their eyes on the prize, Number 1 in their sights. Problem is, they’re
atrocious at long range. And though some teams get distracted by the Wee
Whizzers’ antics, no one keeps a stiff upper lip like the Furious Foreheads,
the enigmas of the islands, the face of Pacific exceptionalism, long a regional
secret but quickly becoming world-famous, and rightly so.
Running of the Bulls v Oktoberfest
Mascots: Stampeding Hemingways v
You have never seen such a
chaotic bloodbath. The Drunks finally stumbled—and how. They could barely keep
upright, their communication was off, and everything they threw up was awful, a
case study in what not to do. The Stampeding Hemingways ran right through their
opponents, showing no hint of mercy. They’ve taken a circuitous path to get
this far, but they’re in the home stretch now—the question is, Can anyone stop
Hagia Sophia v Forbidden City
Mascots: Mosaics v Dynasties
It was a classic showing by the
Mosaics: unquestionably stylish, but mighty complicated. If there’s one knock
against them, it’s that they’re the very definition of Byzantine. They sure
looked it against the Forbidden City and their renowned guards and penchant for
order—in the Dynasties’ hands, the venue became a Hall of Supreme Harmony,
Lake Atitlan v Fjords
Mascots: Holistics v Haddock
The magic finally wore off for
the Holistics of Lake Atitlan, its famous towering threesome all but dormant
while the Haddock made waves with their outlet passes and world-class spread.
Maasai Mara v Petra
Mascots: Big Cats v Obodas
The pride of Kenya pounced
again, with the Big Cats working their Mara Triangle offense to great effect,
thanks to their Big Five. The Obodas showed off with some Siq moves, but it
Great Wall of China v Las Vegas
Mascots: Earth Dragons v Sinners
Nobody puts on a show like the
Sinners, proof that with cash comes flash—and a reputation for offensive
powers. So it was an incredibly close contest with the Earth Dragons and their
famed defense, until the Great Wall showed some gaps and lapses, and the luck
ran out, as always seems to happen against the Sinners.
Times Square v Dubai
Mascots: Bright Lights v Shiny
With famous cheerleaders like
Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, the Bright Lights are big-city ballers with pedigree,
and were their usual impressively frenetic selves, with ceaseless action in the
lane. But in this showdown of two decidedly unsubtle competitors, the Bright Lights
hit a roadblock in the form of the Shiny New Stuff and its dizzying excess—all
height and go-for-broke style—led by its famed “seven-star” all-star.
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That leaves us with eight teams, with the regional finals coming up next. Make your picks in the comments!