Day 4 of our tournament features possibly the two smartest women in the field, a common crossword puzzle answer, and a southpaw who has a band named after him. (For Day 3’s results, click here.)
FOXES: Pauley Perrette (4) vs. Faye Emerson (13)
New Orleans native and No. 4 seed Pauley Perrette is known to millions as “Abby Sciuto,” the brilliant, offbeat, sexy forensic scientist on CBS’ NCIS. In 2011, the green-eyed 45-year-old had the highest Q score — a measurement of the familiarity and appeal — of any actor on a U.S. prime-time show. The role of Abby seems tailor-made for Perrette since she holds a master’s degree in criminology from Valdosta State University and was once the lead singer for the punk band Lo-Ball. In fact, she’s such an authentic hot alt girl, before making it big, she let her freak flag fly by tending bar in a bra and combat boots, all while sporting a white Mohawk.
She let her freak flag fly by tending bar in a bra and combat boots.
While Pauley P.’s opponent was also quite intelligent, 13th-seeded Faye Emerson was synonymous with chic and glamour. Born in the tiny Central Louisiana town of Elizabeth in 1917, Emerson became a stunning Hollywood starlet in her early 20s before becoming the third wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s son Elliot. She later made the move to television, where she really found her niche by hosting several talk and variety shows, including Paris Cavalcade of Fashion, Author Meets the Critics, and the eponymous The Faye Emerson Show. Her frequent appearances on the small screen — usually while wearing evening gowns — earned her the title “The First Lady of Television.” She was so popular, in fact, it was rumored in the early 1950s that the newly created Emmy Award was named after her. Oh, did we mention Emerson once had a “wardrobe malfunction” with a low-cut gown and, according to author Gabe Essoe, “exposed her ample self coast to coast”?
JOCKS(es): Mel Ott (4) vs. Vida Blue (13)
Gretna-born No. 4 seed Mel Ott isn’t just a common answer for crossword puzzles; “Master Melvin” also is considered one of the greatest to ever play the game of baseball. In his 22 seasons with the New Yorks Giants, the Hall-of-Famer became the first National League player to hit more than 500 home runs. Despite the fact he was only 5’9″ and weighed 170 pounds, his reputation as a power hitter prompted him to lead the NL in walks six times. The legendary Ott was once featured on a U.S. postage stamp, was one of the deceased players portrayed emerging from the cornfield in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, and since 1959, he’s been the namesake of the award given to the NL’s annual home run champion. So next time you need a three-letter word for “MLB great Mel,” remember the answer is “Ott.”
Ott is facing off against arguably the hardest-throwing southpaw in major league history.
The left-handed power-hitting Ott is facing off against arguably the hardest-throwing southpaw in major league history. Best known for pounding the strike zone with a signature fastball that could reach 100 mph, Mansfield native Vida Blue became the first American League player to win both the Cy Young Award and League MVP (1971). A six-time All-Star, 13th-seeded Blue became the first player to start the All-Star Game for both the American League (1971) and the National League (1978). Outside of a short stint with the Kansas City Royals, Blue’s career hovered around the Bay area as he played for both the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. And in 2004, the jazz/funk/electronica music trio of Phish’s Page McConnell; Oteil Burbridge, of The Allman Brothers Band; and Russell Batiste, from The Meters, named their group Vida Blue after the lefty joined them onstage at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 2004.
Ready. Set. VOTE! (Polls close nightly at 10 p.m. CDT.)
FYI: If you’re trying to figure out our brotastic competition, here’s an explanation.