MARCH MADNESS: News vs. Booze – Day 4


Yesterday’s 5 vs. 12 matchups saw No. 12 seed and rising star Chris Nakamoto of WBRZ overwhelmingly lead WAFB anchor Andre Moreau wire-to-wire, ultimately earning the right to move on to the next round by trouncing the fifth seed with 81.1% of the vote!

Meanwhile, fifth-seeded vodka battled for survival against lower-seeded sake and eventually eked out a victory with 53.4% to sake’s 46.6%.

Today, our matchups feature a pair of anchorwomen/moms with a total of five kids between the two of them, the inspiration for one of PeeWee Herman’s favorite songs, and arguably the most high-maintenance form of booze in the tournament.

NEWS: Sylvia Weatherspoon (4) vs. Jeanne Burns (13)


No. 4 seed Sylvia Weatherspoon served as news director for WJBO-AM & WFMF-FM radio here in Baton Rouge before going to work at WBRZ, where she’s been for 20 years. (That’s like a century and a half in WBRZ years!) A veritable homebody, Sylvia enjoys gardening and vacationing with her family when she’s not co-anchoring the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Boo! for not giving us anything juicy to talk smack about, Sylvia!

Lucky 13 seed Jeanne Burns was off the airwaves for a year to take care of her three children full time before being named primary news anchorwoman at WVLA’s NBC33 News. Jeanne is our only contestant to have hit the trifecta in the Baton Rouge TV news market by working/reporting/anchoring for all three stations with a local newscast (WBRZ, WAFB, and WVLA). Of course, that accomplishment is somewhat diminished when you consider the turnover at WBRZ. Who HASN’T worked at Channel 2?

BOOZE: Tequila (4) vs. Brandy (13)

Our No. 4 seed arguably has the most notorious, scandal-ridden reputation of our 16 booze contestants. What other drink conjures up regretful memories of excruciating hangovers and missing teeth as much as tequila? Sometimes pronounced jokingly as “to-kill-ya,” the name tequila often spins negative. Some may even say it sounds kind of sinister, especially when it’s preceded by the name Tila.

While tequila has possibly the surliest rap, its first-round opponent has one of the most ostentatious reps in the spirit world. Thirteenth-seeded brandy is produced by distilling wine, making it the only tournament contestant that’s derived from another contestant. Traditionally served in a snifter, brandy imbibed at room temperature should be slightly warmed by gentle heat from the drinker’s hand as he or she swirls the spirit’s specially made glass while cupped in the palm, such that the snifter stem rests between the middle and ring fingers. Oh, get over yourself already!

Famously enjoyed by the hip-hop community and North Korea’s late dictator Kim Jong-Il, cognac is by far the most renowned form of brandy today. The second most famous form of brandy is Brandy the R&B singer, who doesn’t quite fit in a typical snifter, but probably enjoys occasionally being slightly warmed by gentle heat from her holder’s palms.

Ready. Set. VOTE! (Polls close nightly at 10 p.m. CDT.)


FYI: If you’re trying to make sense of this experimental info-alcohol competition, here’s an explanation. You can also find all March Madness results/other March Madness posts by using our handy “MARCH MADNESS: News vs. Booze” tag.RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

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