Every year of March Madness brings those Sophie's Choice moments, when you wonder why the hell we do this to ourselves. Typically, those decisions come in the later rounds, but this year, in this bracket at least, we've got some HARD CALLS straight out of the gate.
Before the carnage begins, take a long last look at all of the starting contenders in the Best Buds bracket:
You gotta love the irony of celebrating iconic friendships by way of deathmatches. But hey, that's what we're here for, so ready set FIGHT!
(1) Gansey/Ronan/Adam/Noah/Blue (The Raven Cycle) vs. (16) Tracy/Penny (Hairspray)
When I mentioned Sophie's Choice earlier, I wasn't talking about this one.
(2) Cher/Dionne (Clueless) vs. (15) DJ/Kimmy (Full House)
Nor this one, although Uncle Jesse is clearly trying to influence your vote with that facial expression. (I have no idea what Rebecca is trying to get you to do.)
Sorry, Stamos, but Cher and Dionne rule the school.
(3) Rory/Lane (Gilmore Girls) vs. (14) Kevin/Paul (The Wonder Years)
If you really take a second to think about this one, it's tough. Sure, we're all bonkers for Gilmore Girls but, at the risk of starting a flame war, was Rory and Lane's friendship really that epic? It seemed like they could go days, even months, without talking to each other, while Kevin and Paul were always thick as thieves.
OUCH. This hurts, y'all. Felicity is my JAM, but FNL is one of the best shows ever made, and Matt and Landry have a friendship so beautiful, it has made me cry on multiple occasions.
Now is a good time to remind you that you're voting on a specific friendship, not a book or show. I say that because my knee jerk reaction is to picture Tiny Cooper taking on Abigail, my favorite Tiny Dancer, and we all know who would win that rumble.
But this is about Will and Tiny versus Tara and Kat, so vote based on which one you hold closer!
I have never watched Teen Wolf, so I know I shouldn't make an uneducated comparison but TAYLOR AND RAFFY ALL THE WAY.*
*In case it's not completely obvious by this point, I'll clarify that while I am facilitating this bracket, that in no way means that I'm impartial.
NOOOOOOOOO. I CAN'T.
Okay, deep breath, let's just talk this one out. Kristy basically changes Macy's life, and in my review of the book, I went on record saying that she reminds me of a teenage Dolly Parton. (HIGH PRAISE.) But Hope and Jessica have such a layered, complex friendship that serves as a bedrock for both of them. On the other hand, I always preferred Bridget to Hope so...
(8) Cory/Shawn (Boy Meets World) vs. (9) Ophelia/Jules (Sweet/Vicious)
I'm sorry, but this juxtaposition, particularly in poster form, is cracking my shizz up.
Ophelia and Jules could kick the asses of those '90s doofus kids, and THEY SHOULD.
Polls close this Saturday at midnight Central, with results posted on Sunday. So which besties are you rooting for? Campaign for them in the comments below!