Good luck trying to decide on these match ups!
We’re deep into it now. Welcome to season 11, round three, of the American Ninja Warrior “greatest buzzer” voting! There are six match ups left and not a single one of them is an easy choice.
You have to appreciate that Jesse Labreck and Chris DiGangi are now matched up. (We didn’t plan it!) The two are both fantastic competitors… who just happen to be engaged to one another. Oh snap!
Remember that once the winners of these two brackets face off, the winner will go against the BIG ONE: Drew Drechsel – National Finals – Stage Four. It’s going to take one heck of a buzzer to contend with the championship moment, but we’ve been getting some surprise results in the various seasons.
Full disclosure: Sandy Zimmerman and Jake Murray were locked in a dead tie during round two at 109 votes each. We re-opened the poll and showed the videos to an unbiased third party. They cast the tie-breaking vote for Sandy.
Now… On to the voting!
- We’re starting with season four in 2012.
That was the first season the show started traveling from location to location, and that the National Finals were held in Las Vegas. Also, we’re starting with this season because that’s as far back as we can find videos for the runs on one of the two different official YouTube accounts that archive them. This one with G4 and USA Network videos and this one with NBC videos.
- The run has to have a video on one of those channels.
We feel it’s important for the voters to be able to watch the runs. That way, even if they weren’t watching way back in 2012, they can still participate in the vote. We realize this excludes buzzer runs that aren’t posted. The system is not perfect. We’ve accepted that.
- They have to hit a buzzer.
There are many, MANY ways to qualify a run as great: If the person made history of some kind, if they overcame something, if they just really grit it out. But our mind exploded trying to figure out a bracket of polls that included ALL the runs, so we’re just talking about buzzers this time.
- The original match ups are pretty random.
They’re just related to how the videos are sorted on the YouTube pages. No other thought went into it. Oh well. 🙂
- If an additional run is needed to balance the bracket, we’ll include the “Last Ninja Standing” run of that season. Think of it as a wildcard.
- We’ll move through all the seasons, and then circle back through the rounds.