Please Join Us In Welcoming Your Worst Company In America 2012 Sweet 16!

The floor of the Worst Company In America BattleDome is stained with the blood of the vanquished. But only one company can earn the privilege of placing the WCIA Golden Poo in its trophy case, so the violence must continue.

The first round of WCIA voting resulted in a handful of surprise victories for newcomers to tournament play.

Tiny, low-budget Spirit Airlines edged out Delta, the nation’s second-largest carrier by more than a dozen percentage points. It will be interesting to see if people hate Spirit’s fee-laden tickets as much as they despise all of Ticketmaster’s add-on costs.

Then there was WCIA rookie Electronic Arts, whose greed and putting-quality-third attitude trumped perennial contender Sony’s frivolous lawsuits and inability to create a hacker-free network. In the end, EA trounced Sony with nearly 81% of the vote. Will the anti-EA voters come out in droves for the company’s Sweet 16 bout against Best Buy?

With only 11.66% separating them, the closest match in Round One was the battle between UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. Ultimately, the all-but-insolvent USPS continued on to the Sweet 16, where it will face Facebook. Perhaps people just couldn’t vote for cute UPS guys in brown shorts?

Voting on the Sweet 16 begins later today (or it’s already begun, depending on when you’re reading this). There will be two matches today, with three matches each on Thursday and Friday.

Now is the time to speculate on which companies will slug, kick, dunk, slam and putt their way into the Elite 8.

SCHEDULE OF WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA 2012 BOUTS
SWEET 16
MARCH 21:
* Best Buy vs. EA
* Facebook vs. USPS

MARCH 22:
* Comcast vs. DirecTV
* Bank of America vs. Citi
* Ticketmaster vs. Spirit Airlines

MARCH 23:
* PayPal vs. Charter
* AT&T vs. Apple
* Walmart vs. GameStop

ROUND ONE BOUTS:
* Target vs. Best Buy
* Bank of America vs. Chase
* Charter Communications vs. CenturyLink (Qwest)
* Wells Fargo vs. Citi
* EA vs. Sony
* Sallie Mae vs. Ticketmaster
* DirecTV vs. Dish Network
* PayPal vs. Capital One
* Sears/Kmart vs. Walmart
* Netflix vs. GameStop
* USPS vs. UPS
* Comcast vs. Time Warner Cable
* Spirit vs. Delta
* AT&T vs. Verizon
* Facebook vs. Sprint
* Google vs. Apple

ELITE EIGHT
March 27 – March 28

FINAL FOUR
March 29 – April 1

WCIA FINAL DEATH MATCH
April 2
The Golden Poo winner will be announced April 4

This is a post in our Worst Company In America 2012 series. The companies competing for this honor were chosen by you, the readers.