James Rapien

James Rapien

James Rapien came to talk sports and chew gum, and he's all out of gum.Full Bio


LOOK: I filled out a Disney/Pixar bracket with ALL of the correct answers

A Disney/Pixar bracket has sparked plenty of debate across social media. Since my NCAA Tournament bracket was AWFUL, I decided to do this to redeem myself. Check out my bracket, along with a few of my comments about it below. 

My first reaction to this bracket was anger – it was poorly seeded. There's NO WAY Tarzan should be forced to go up against The Lion King in the first round. I'm not a huge Frozen fan, but it's good enough to make a run, except it had a tough draw against Moana. I've never understood the obsession with Frozen and I think Moana is a better film. It pulls off an upset that 10-year-old girls will still be complaining about 20 years from now. Moana is this years' Loyola Chicago – No, they don't reach the Final Four, but an Elite Eight appearance is much more than anyone could have expected. 

Inside Out was poorly seeded as well. There's NO way A Bug's Life or Cars should advance to round two, while Inside Out is busy watching the rest of the tournament from their couch. The best matchup in round one is Toy Story versus Toy Story 2. It's a thriller that we'll be talking about for years.

Mulan and The Incredibles going down in round two shows how hard it is to win back-to-back games in March. Both films are great. I'm 26-years-old and I'd be happy to watch either movie right now, but there's no way anyone thinks Mulan can beat a classic like Beauty and the Beast. The Incredibles had no chance against Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. 

My Final Four: 

This was easier than I thought it was going to be. The Lion King is CLEARLY better than Aladdin. Aladdin had an amazing run that included taking out The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, but they didn't have enough to knockout Simba and company to advance to the championship round. 

Monsters Inc is great, but Woody and Buzz > Sully and Mike. Toy Story routes Monsters Inc on its' way to the championship round. Do they have enough to take down Simba and Rafiki?

Championship Round:

There was only ONE team that could win this championship. I love Toy Story as much as anyone, but there's no way it can take down The Lion King. The Toy Story series of movies is much better, but movie for movie, The Lion King wins pretty convincingly. 

This round reminds me of the 2007 Men's Basketball National Championship game. Ohio State was loaded with Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook. They did everything they could to hang with Florida, but it wasn't enough. Ohio State lost 84-75. They didn't lose because they played poorly. The game was all about Florida's greatness. The Gators were reigning National Champions and had five players averaging double figures that year. Joakhim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green were on that team.

The Lion King beating Toy Story is a lot to do with how great the Lion King is and less about Toy Story coming up short. Congratulations to The Lion King for winning a championship! Maybe Cincinnati can claim it as their own? 

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