A new week, a new set of matches for Shakespearean March Madness. Before we begin the Round of Sixteen, here are the results of Round 1.3:
Hotspur takes a narrow 21-17 victory over Oberon, proving that the fiery rebel has as little patience for fairy magic as for Welsh superstitions. Macbeth handily wins over poor Toby Belch (31-6), whom we can only hope was soundly smacked around but not actually killed, and is now drinking off the shame and sorrow of his defeat. In a surprise victory -- at least it surprised me, even though I was supporting her -- Katharina takes a commanding 25-11 lead over Cassius. And finally, Doll Tearsheet's pub-brawling prowess gives her the win over Richard II's eloquence (26-9). Those two feisty females join Lady M in the Round of 16, so despite Queen Margaret's nigh-unbelievable loss to The Bear, I can at least be glad that my gender's not going down without a good fight.
Today, the first two face-offs from last week's champs: Henry V vs. Titus Andronicus and Iago vs. Prospero. All four of these blokes made it to the Elite 8 last year (and Titus and Henry actually squared off in the Final Four) -- so in 2012, at least two of them are going home disappointed (if not in pieces).
Round of 16: Match 1: Henry V vs. Titus Andronicus
Round of 16: Match 2: Iago vs. Prospero
My picks will, as always, be in a comment. Don't forget to vote for Round 1.4, which I'll be closing out tomorrow -- there are some real nail-biters in this set, so every vote counts!