Most annoying people and things tournament - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 9:42 am
Most annoying people and things tournament
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It's that time of year. Everyone is talking brackets and bracketology. It's not necessary to limit the talk to basketball. Here's a breakdown of the Top 64 people and things you may be sick of. Think of it as a topical "annoy-off."

ROUND ONE

Madonna

Justin Bieber

WINNER: Justin Bieber

Bieber proves more annoying due to his 1.2 bazillion tweets per day. I know, I'm a follower.



Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign

Lee Terry's reign

WINNER: Lee Terry's reign

Nebraska royalty trumps British royalty.



Buffett Rule

Buffett's secretary

WINNER: Buffett's secretary

Buffett's secretary is too busy preparing her taxes to comment.



Zebra mussels

UNL bedbugs

WINNER: UNL bedbugs

Bedbugs are more difficult to get rid of than Dan Beebee.



Girl Scout cookie drive

Robocalls

WINNER: Robocalls

One can theoretically board up the house and avoid cookie drives.



Nancy Grace

Kim Jong Un

WINNER: Nancy Grace

The leader of a secretive, oppressive regime vs. Nancy Grace. Picking a winner was disturbingly easy.



Selena Gomez

Miley Cyrus

WINNER: Miley Cyrus

As the offspring of Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley has a gene pool edge in annoyance.



Nancy Pelosi

Newt Gingrich

WINNER: Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi-Gingrich involved in real-life feud. Maybe she reminds him of one of his ex-wives.



Octomom

Paris Hilton

WINNER: Octomom

Octomom takes it, perhaps only because I haven't heard Hilton's new music CD.



Nebraska Legislature debating horse meat for human consumption

Nebraska Legislature debating unwanted kissing

WINNER: Horse meat

I could have done the entire 64-entry bracket with Nebraska legislative debates.



Bo Pelini

Doc Sadler

WINNER: Doc Sadler

One of these guys finally wins a big one.



Tebowing

Planking

WINNER: Tebowing

You can go five minutes without hearing "planking."



Bob Kerrey

Sarah Palin

WINNER: Sarah Palin

The battle of the mercurial.



Iowa caucuses

Tainted Moldova elections

WINNER: Iowa caucuses

This just in: Somebody in Denison found six more votes for Huckabee.



Omaha potholes

Omaha water main breaks

WINNER: Omaha water main breaks

It may be time to stop having volunteers make our water mains in ceramics class.



UNO parking

Metro transit

WINNER: UNO parking

Nobody graduates in four years anymore, what with the collective 18 months spent looking for an open spot.



OPPD

MUD

WINNER: OPPD

OPPD executives hope to raise rates twice more if a leap second is added to world clock.



Snowy owls

Owling

WINNER: Owling

Snowy owls are beautiful. Nothing beautiful about college students spending the best years of their lives perched on railings.



Harold Camping

Bill Belichick

WINNER: Harold Camping

One guy constantly preaches about the end of the world. Then, there's Camping.



Barney Cotton

Barney the Purple Dinosaur

WINNER: Barney Cotton

Barney the Purple Dinosaur's offensive line didn't give up six sacks to South Carolina.



Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

Heineman vs. UNL

WINNER: Heineman vs. UNL

At least we got to see one fight of the century.



Twitter

Facebook

WINNER: Facebook

Twitter doesn't feature a page called: Can this rake get more friends than Ashlee Simpson?



Occupy movement

Tea Party movement

WINNER: Occupy movement

Tea Partiers didn't spend the winter outdoors.



"The Real Housewives"

U.S. Congress

WINNER: "The Real Housewives"

Congress is lucky enough to draw the one group even less popular.



M.I.A.

BCS

WINNER: M.I.A.

The battle of disturbing acronyms.



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Omaha City Council

WINNER: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Wrongheaded council predictions prove less damaging.



Rick Perry campaign

Swine flu pandemic

WINNER: Rick Perry campaign

There is probably something positive about swine flu.



Scooters

Walgreens

WINNER: Scooters

I once drove past a corner in town without a Walgreens.



New Chick-fil-As

New Walmarts

WINNER: New Chick-fil-As

Chick-fil-A is the only fast food restaurant granted religious status in Nebraska.



Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher divorce

The Kardashians

WINNER: The Kardashians

Massively popular online petitions to get "Meet the Kardashians" off the air say a lot.



Gisele Bundchen

Matt Millen

WINNER: Gisele Bundchen

In this battle of NFL experts, Gisele comes out on top.



Donald Trump

Charlie Sheen

WINNER: Donald Trump

"Winning" vs. "You're fired" was a virtual draw in the annoying catchphrase category.



ROUND TWO

Justin Bieber

Lee Terry's reign

WINNER: Justin Bieber

One guy, Bieber, elicits screams from teeny-boppers at concerts. The other, Terry, draws howls from seniors at town-hall meetings.



Buffett's secretary

UNL bedbugs

WINNER: UNL bedbugs

Bedbugs never got to sit next to the first lady during a State of the Union address.



Robocalls

Nancy Grace

WINNER: Nancy Grace

Grace more annoying than robocalls. Mull that one over.



Miley Cyrus

Nancy Pelosi

WINNER: Miley Cyrus

Pelosi hasn't posed with a phallic cake — that I know of.



Octomom

Neb. Legislature debating horsemeat for human consumption

WINNER: Octomom

Legislature has some redeeming qualities.



Doc Sadler

Tebowing

WINNER: Tebowing

Only Tebowing pushed stories about war and disease cures to Page 2.



Sarah Palin

Iowa caucuses

WINNER: Iowa caucuses

I'd award caucus officials a prize for the win, but they'd just lose it.



Omaha water main breaks

UNO parking

WINNER: Omaha water main breaks

In the time it took me to type "Omaha water main breaks" there were two more.



OPPD

Owling

WINNER: OPPD

I had something interesting to write, but my power went out and now I forget.



Harold Camping

Barney Cotton

WINNER: Harold Camping

Chin up, Barney, it's not the end of the world. Not until June 24, anyway!



Heineman vs. UNL

Facebook

WINNER: Facebook

The graffiti artist who painted the mural at Facebook headquarters is now worth $200 million. 'nuff said.



Occupy Movement

"The Real Housewives"

WINNER: "The Real Housewives"

"The Real Housewives" are beginning to look like the Dream Team of annoyance.



M.I.A.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

WINNER: M.I.A.

Of the two, M.I.A. is known for the more accurate flood predictions.



Rick Perry campaign

Scooters

WINNER: Rick Perry campaign

After a primary season when victories proved elusive, Perry will take a win even if it's over Scooters.



New Chick fil-As

The Kardashians

WINNER: The Kardashians

Unfortunately, both seem to be multiplying.



Donald Trump

Gisele Bundchen

WINNER: Donald Trump

I understand Gisele is not taking the loss well.



THE SORRY SIXTEEN

Justin Bieber

UNL bedbugs

WINNER: UNL bedbugs

Five expensive, bedbug-sniffing dogs that may be giving "false positives" prove too much for young Bieber.



Nancy Grace

Miley Cyrus

WINNER: Nancy Grace

Grace thrashes Cyrus, and our second teeny-bopper falls in as many contests.



Octomom

Tebowing

WINNER: Tebowing

Tebowing peaking; Octomom's annoying heyday was circa 2008.



Iowa caucuses

Omaha water main breaks

WINNER: Iowa caucuses

In a contest many said was too close to call, Iowa caucuses eke out the win.



OPPD

Harold Camping

WINNER: Harold Camping

If Camping is right and the world will soon end, OPPD officials think they'd better quadruple rates.



Facebook

"The Real Housewives"

WINNER: "The Real Housewives"

I.P.O.s lose to I.D.I.O.T.S.



M.I.A.

Rick Perry campaign

WINNER: M.I.A.

After her victory, M.I.A. was waving the "We're number one" sign — wait, wrong finger.



Donald Trump

The Kardashians

WINNER: The Kardashians

Kardashians win by a rhinoplastied nose.



THE EXASPERATING EIGHT

UNL bedbugs

Nancy Grace

WINNER: UNL bedbugs

Bedbugs get the nod because Grace doesn't yet bite.



Tebowing

Iowa caucuses

WINNER: Tebowing

This just in: two votes for Santorum found in Tebow's locker.



Harold Camping

"The Real Housewives"

WINNER: "The Real Housewives"

In an ironic nod to this contest, every time I watch any of the "Housewives" shows I almost hope Camping is right.



M.I.A.

The Kardashians

WINNER: The Kardashians

Kardashian mom announcing Kim's keeping the $2 million ring from her 72-day marriage proves decisive.



THE FAMOUS (for no good reason) FOUR

UNL bedbugs

Tebowing

WINNER: UNL bedbugs

Chalk one up for the little guys, er, critters.



"The Real Housewives"

The Kardashians

WINNER: The Kardashians

Kardashians get the win, based mostly on a rumor there's one redeeming Housewife — somewhere.



TITLE MATCH

UNL bedbugs

The Kardashians

WINNER: The Kardashians

The Kardashians earn the title due to depth — if Kim is having a down day, Khloe, Kourtney, the nameless brother, mother Kris or assorted husbands and boyfriends are capable of stepping up and doing something hyper-annoying.

Contact the writer: Brad Dickson

brad.dickson@owh.com    |   402-444-1019    |  

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