It's all over but the shouting, and there's probably going to be a whole lot of that. The title game of MTV's Musical March Madness tournament is in the books, and in an upset of colossal proportions, 15th-seeded [artist id="1241952"]Coheed and Cambria[/artist] knocked off #5 [artist id="1231843"]My Chemical Romance[/artist] to claim the championship.
In a contest that saw more than 120,000 votes cast (from 149 different countries — shout out to our voter in Tajikistan!), C&C did what Butler couldn't against Duke in Monday night's NCAA basketball finale, belting heavily favored MCR 67-33 (83,078 votes to 40,290) to win one for underdogs everywhere. And now, their names will be forever etched on the MTV Musical March Madness trophy!
It was a fairly convincing victory for the guys in Coheed, but, as is the case with most great matchups, the championship tilt wasn't without some controversy. Voting for the finals opened Monday on the Newsroom blog, and though things remained close overnight, C&C surged to a huge lead in the early hours of Tuesday, which raised our suspicions a tad.
So we did some digging in our poll software and discovered that some rather overzealous Coheed fans (and, to a lesser extent, some MCR ones too) had employed bots to juice up the polling numbers — seriously, when one IP address votes 4,576 times for Coheed and Cambria, you know something's amiss. So we plowed through the results, removed any and all suspicious IP addresses, and Coheed was still winning — by a lot.
Still, MCR made a late surge, but in the end, C&C's lead was too insurmountable to overcome. And just to make sure the final results were legit, we did another round of IP pruning Wednesday morning. What can we say? We take our tournament seriously, and would hate to have its legacy ruined by salacious cheaters.
But now is not the time to tarnish Coheed's victory, or the efforts of the 64 other bands — and their fanbases — in the tournament. Thanks to everyone who participated (well, except the bots), and special thanks to Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice — who do bear a striking resemblance to Cobra Starship's Ryland Blackinton and Alex Suarez — for their genius recap of MTV's Musical March Madness tournament on Monday.
It's been a blast to watch unfold, and we're definitely going to do it again next year. Oh, and when we do, we're pretty sure Coheed will be seeded a lot higher than #15 — that's just one of the perks of being crowned champion.
Congrats, guys, enjoy the tickertape parade. And come get your trophy — it's here, waiting for you!
What do you think of Coheed's big win? Who would you like to see take the crown in next year's tournament? Let us know in the comments below!