The new bracket is here! The new bracket is here!

Lent Madness 2014 bracketAs predicted in yesterday’s Oscar worthy video by Scott, Tim, and a host of surprise guests, the Lent Madness 2014 bracket has arrived. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since Spy Wednesday.

Go ahead and print out your bracket. Start researching the saints who appear in there. Predict who will win. Set up a Lent Madness 2014 command bunker in your living room. Plan your entire Christian education program at church around these holy people. Yes, friends, the fun begins again on Ash Thursday 2014. That’s March 6, 2014 to regular people.

While you wait, why not pass the time sipping your coffee from your very own Frances Perkins coffee mug?

The Supreme Executive Committee has released a statement for the world’s media on this occasion: “You’re welcome.”

32 Comments to "The new bracket is here! The new bracket is here!"

  1. Tom Van Brunt's Gravatar Tom Van Brunt
    July 16, 2013 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    No question. JSB all the way! Oh. Merton? What a choice.

  2. Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
    July 16, 2013 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    I might have agreed with Tom, almost, but I read the list in orderly fashion, down the left side, then down the right side, and the first thought that came to me was “the last shall be first.” JCE all the way!

    • Betsey's Gravatar Betsey
      July 16, 2013 - 9:50 am | Permalink

      Founder of the UTO – way cool! I’m learning already; no need to wait 232 days 🙂

  3. Rusty's Gravatar Rusty
    July 16, 2013 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Oh they put the brothers against each other! How fun!

  4. Judy Fleener's Gravatar Judy Fleener
    July 16, 2013 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Some tough match-ups! One Wesley brother against the other. My toughest choice will be F. D. Maurice against David of Wales.

  5. Peg's Gravatar Peg
    July 16, 2013 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    Welcome brackets, fah-hoo, rah-hoo…

  6. Judy Fleener's Gravatar Judy Fleener
    July 16, 2013 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    Watch our mini madness at our church camp in Western Michigan. Middle schoolers will be making the choices between Julian, Mary, Luke, Francis Assisi, Constance, Harriet Bedell, Jonathan Daniels, and Patrick.

  7. Molly R's Gravatar Molly R
    July 16, 2013 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    Much like our ACC powerhouses in March Madness (a secular season that usually overlaps with Lent Madness at some point but bears no resemblance AT ALL in that it is characterized by obsession, speculation, unadulterated biases and prejudices, and suspenseful competition that ends in either smug victory or heart-crushing defeat, NONE of which can be found in Lent Madness, least of all by Scott and Tim) I see that in Lent Madness, certain saints can appear in multiple years. Why does this happen, I wonder? If it is the Holy Spirit, I’ll say nothing more about it. Perhaps the ferrets are annoyed that we’ve never gotten to see any Thomas Merton kitsch.

  8. Charles Scott's Gravatar Charles Scott
    July 16, 2013 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    Based on last years results, I see no reason to continue this travesty. I will not

  9. Jill Cox's Gravatar Jill Cox
    July 16, 2013 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    Whoo Hoo!! Thanks, SEC!

  10. July 16, 2013 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    Lent just won’t be the same without you, Charles.

  11. July 16, 2013 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    Christina the Astonishing….hmmmm…interesting, Tim and Scott. Looking forward to the theological/ecumenical/ecclesiastical trash talk next year.

  12. Molly R's Gravatar Molly R
    July 16, 2013 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    @Charles: The SEC should post a banner “Warning! Winner is determined by popular vote and not by righteousness. Only voters may be rejected (for voter fraud) NO SAINTS will be harmed in the making of this game. Please vote with a light heart in the knowledge that all participants are enjoying the great feast and giving glory to God that people are finding inspiration in their stories.”

  13. Millie Ericson's Gravatar Millie Ericson
    July 16, 2013 - 10:08 am | Permalink

    No “play-in” rounds this year? How will we survive until March?

    • Susan Chacon's Gravatar Susan Chacon
      July 16, 2013 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

      My immediate reaction as well. My LMW has multiplied exponentially!

  14. July 16, 2013 - 11:31 am | Permalink

    How can Mrs. Wesley petition to have her sons at each of Jesus’ two sides, when one must be eliminated in the first round?

  15. July 16, 2013 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    How will we get through the rest of Pentecost and Advent will all this excitement ahead of us?

  16. July 16, 2013 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Oops and I forgot Epiphany, too … and Lent begins so late in 2014 — at least compared to 2011 and 2012!

  17. Bill Kaufman's Gravatar Bill Kaufman
    July 16, 2013 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    I know it is too early, but being the older brother and dedicated to clean living, I’d give it to John over Charles, best two out of three falls.

  18. Michael Redmond's Gravatar Michael Redmond
    July 16, 2013 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I cannot handle this level of excitement. I’m getting on, you know.

  19. Thomas van Brunt's Gravatar Thomas van Brunt
    July 16, 2013 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    We will have great fun debating how to pronounce Aelred’s home village, Rievaulx! When I looked this up a few years ago I was told the locals say, “rye-VAL-is”. Sounds like what the English would do. But Wikipedia says “REE-voh.” We know how much that source can be trusted.

  20. lane johnson's Gravatar lane johnson
    July 16, 2013 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Boo! Wesley vs. Wesley not cool.

  21. Verdery's Gravatar Verdery
    July 16, 2013 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    According to the calendar, beginning March 27 there seem to be a pair of saints vs. another pair of saints, meaning we have to choose TWO people! Is this correct?
    Good golly, guys, it’s hard enough choosing one out of two!

    • July 16, 2013 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

      Verdery – the 27th begins the Elate Eight Round. The 1st round winner of Basil v/s Christina is pitted against the 1st round winner of Antony v/s Mary.

  22. Bill Moorhead's Gravatar Bill Moorhead
    July 16, 2013 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    How can we possibly NOT go for Christina the Astonishing?! I’m certainly astonished!

  23. July 16, 2013 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only person that, when first looking at the brackets, thought they saw “Alice Cooper”?

    If I am, too many of you have lead boring lives.

  24. Todd Anderson's Gravatar Todd Anderson
    July 17, 2013 - 4:28 am | Permalink

    FOUL!! Fr. John and Brother Chas. Wesley in the SAME BRACKET?

    Please reconsider
    Thank you

    Your Resident Radical “Breakaway” Anglican

    • July 17, 2013 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Assuming both would make it to a later round, one would have to prevail over the other to win the Golden Halo, anyway. Why not winnow out the weak one earlier, so the stronger brother has a better chance of winning the crown?

        July 18, 2013 - 4:07 pm | Permalink


  25. July 17, 2013 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    Alfred the Great! A great man, indeed. Especially if you like promoting the Gospels.

  26. Irene's Gravatar Irene
    July 17, 2013 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    Does the Department of Labor know about the Frances Perkins, G.H., mug? If not, why not?

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