Name of the Year Winner

The Name of the Year tournament used to happen somewhere around March Madness time, but in recent years has been scheduled whenever they get ready. And now, the 2014 tournament has wrapped and the winner is… Shamus Beaglehole!

Let's recap the Chesterfield footballer's meteoric rise through the Sithole regional and beyond. He breezed past Wubbo Ockels in the first round of the tourney. He stomped Jazzmar Clax in the second. Sweet Sixteen: Diesel Daigle went down hard. All fine and good -- seeded at #3, all these wins were to be expected.

But the next two matches put Mr. Beaglehole on the map as a kingslayer. The Sithole final pitted him against top-seeded Dr. Loki Skylizard, whom he dispatched by a margin of 300 votes. Next came another one seed, Bulltron champ Curvaceous Bass, who also fell to Shamus. After running this gauntlet, the final round against Chrotchtangle upstart Chillie Poon was child's play. If David took out two Goliaths, he might be this impressive.

Um, the regions are named after previous popular contestants. All the entries are supposedly real people with real names. Shamus Beaglehole is real; he’s the son of footballer Steve Beaglehole. See a list of the top finishers at Name of the Year. -via Metafilter

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