Once again, some fierce competition in the Tourist Trap Tournament, as the Most Excellent Eight battled it out:
Art & Architecture final: Pyramids at Giza v Easter Island
Mascots: Pharaohs v Furious
With their dueling long-standing traditions
and chiseled physiques, these two teams were closely matched. The Furious
Foreheads finally found their legs at the end, while the Pharaohs lived up to
their reputation of slowing down, looking petrified out there and, at best,
merely walking like Egyptians, and leaving the crowd tut-tutting .
Culture (or Something) final: Running of the Bulls v Forbidden
Mascots: Stampeding Hemingways v
The Forbidden City was strong,
no question, ruling the court and showing off the philosophies of their famous
playbook, Classic of Rites. But in an
amazing race-to-the-end finish, the Stampeding Hemingways narrowly beat the
horn, ending the Dynasties’ long run.
The Natural World final: Norway’s Fjords v Maasai Mara
Mascots: Haddock v Big Cats
This was a wild one, with raw
natural talent on full display, with breathtaking shots all over the place, shutters
clicking everywhere. The Scandinavians’ chilly, stoic might won the day,
getting out of many a tight spot.
Cities & Squares & Markets final: Las Vegas v Dubai
Mascots: Sinners v Shiny New
These two teams entered the
competition with outsized reputations for swagger and excess and more than a
bit of trouble in their backgrounds—and a hope for redemption. The Sinners’
strong suits: sprawling reach, a willingness to take chances, and a reputation
for conjuring big-time magic. The Shiny New Stuff’s key strengths: boldness and
ambition like no other, style somewhat less profane than the Sinners’ ways, and
an array of innovative ways of doing things. Ultimately, the numbers simply
favored the Sinners and their decades of experience in the game.