Third-Place Worst Company In America Winner To Be Honored With New Bronze Poo!

Last year, when Bank of America lost by the narrowest of margins to BP in the Final Death Match of the 2011 Worst Company In America tournament, we listened to readers who called for the creation of the first-ever Silver Poo trophy. That honor will remain in place for the 2012 tourney, and will be joined by a Bronze Poo for the company coming in third — or rather, “turd” — place.

Too many companies have made it all the way to the Semifinals and even the Final Death Match without being recognized for their utter incompetence. The addition of the Bronze Poo helps to recognize those businesses whose craptastic years might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Traditionally, like the NCAA tournament, there has been no third-place result in WCIA competition. So we’re turning to other tournaments for inspiration and will have a Bronze Poo final match for the two companies that are eliminated in the Semifinals.

Competitors for both the Final Death Match and the Bronze Poo Beat-Down will be announced Monday, April 2.

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  1. TuxthePenguin says:

    Part of me wants EA to win gold because I feel its the equivalent of a 16 seed doing the impossible.

  2. aaron8301 says:

    Sounds like a shitty deal to me.

    I like it!

  3. tbax929 says:

    I love this idea. Keep up the good work, Consumerist.

  4. Daniel Svoboda says:

    Excellent. :) Thank you!

  5. krom says:

    Uh, that method doesn’t determine actual third place in a bracket system. Second place could be anyone that the winner beat, from their opponent in the finals to their opponent in the very first match. Third place could be anyone that second place OR first place beat.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-elimination_tournament#Evaluation

    “In a random knockout tournament (single-elimination without any seeding), awarding the second place to the loser of the final is unjustified: any of the competitors knocked out by the tournament winner might have been the second strongest one, but they never got the chance to play against the losing finalist.”

    This compounds doubly for third place.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      Semifinal losers can battle for the bronze “trophy,” as in the case in many a tournament — look at team sport competitions in the (games involving five rings which cannot be said without being sued by the Entity that owns said five rings.) Semifinal winners compete for the gold turd, with the loser of that game getting the silver. Only seems fitting.

      • jebarringer says:

        If you read his post, he was noting how a bracket system only determines a “best” team – it can’t accurately determine second, third, etc. So award a Bronze / Silver Poo all you like – just know that you may not be giving it to the true second / third worst team.

        • Applekid ‚îÄ‚îÄ‚î¨ Ôªø„Éé( „Çú-„Çú„Éé) says:

          It should be 1st, 2nd, 3rd for the most total votes. That means those that aren’t eliminated stand to earn more votes in additional rounds, so they’ll naturally be weighted towards the highest total votes, but that especially heated races that prompt a lot of attention and vitriol can also have a shot at being represented.

          • krom says:

            “it should be most total votes”

            Not at all, because every contest was a separate poll, so they will not have equal vote totals.

      • krom says:

        But it doesn’t actually work. Here’s a simple illustration why.

        http://keithtyler.com/pix/elimination-fail.svg

        In the quarter finals, 2 beats 1 and 4 beats 3. In the finals, 4 beats 2. So 4 is first place. Great. No question there.

        Now, according to the chart, 2 is second place. Wait, what? What about 3?

        Well if 2 is second place, that means 3 and 1 enter into a consolation round, and 3 beats 1. So 3 is third place.

        4 is first place, 2 is second place, 3 is third place.

        It don’t work.

  6. xmrblondex says:

    Also, traditionally there was a third place game in the NCAA tournament

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCAA_Men's_Division_I_Basketball_Championship#Other_changes

  7. Snowblind says:

    You win, or you die.

  8. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Ha! I love it. Always thought there should be a silver and bronze poo.

  9. crazydavythe1st says:

    Silver poo? You should have extra bronzy poo instead.

  10. zombie_batch says:

    These guys are all enormously deserving of recognition in the form of metal poo. If Consumerist ever were to add more poo, there is always Iron Poo, Aluminum Poo, steel, chrome.. lots of metals. Titanium for outstanding achievement would be awesome for a regular who often places in top 3 and won 1st at least once.

  11. Southern says:

    “Turd” place.

    Ok, I admit it, I chuckled. :)

  12. videoman says:

    No matter what the color of the poo, it should have pieces of corn stuck to it.

  13. Power Imbalance says:

    This year’s bracket is so messed up, you might as well save all the poos for next year.

  14. Ed says:

    4th place should just get a brick

  15. Lucky225 says:

    Consumerist Info on: AT&T
    Consumerist Info on: Bank of America
    Consumerist Info on: Walmart
    Post a comment

    EA conveniently left out, is this forshadowing? :D

  16. GoldVRod says:

    Rather than doing rounds where most companies aren’t pitted against each other, why not do knockouts?

    You start with 15 – first round of votes knock out the best 5 (with the least votes), next round knocks out 4, next round knocks out 3, and the final round of voting gives you your glorious first, second and third?

    Seems a lot fairer if you ask me. Especially since you’re giving first, second and now third to a company that may not in any way be the worst in America, just happened to be pitted against a slightly more popular one in the last round.

  17. DallasM says:

    I still don’t know how GoDaddy didn’t make the bracket.

    Seriously, what did TicketMaster or Walmart do that was especially bad THIS YEAR? Nothing that I can think of, nothing new anyway. Walmart, Ticketmaster, et. al, should be given life time achievement awards and not included in future WCiA unless they do something NEW to earn their nomination. There are plenty of other bad actors to be disgusted with.

  18. PhiTauBill says:

    I think we certainly need a Lifetime Achievement Poo for a company like TicketBastard that finishes Elite 8 or higher each and every year for its consistent awfulness, but yet cannot carry the weight necessary to pick off the truly terrible that deservedly garner the Golden Poo.

  19. quirkyrachel says:

    That picture just made my morning.

  20. consumerd says:

    I am kind of shocked that they don’t do it say with the electorial system. essentially it is what consumerist is doing anyways, they are just fluffing it with basketball.
    line them all up and everyone vote for their worst companies.