Today, four of the biggest names in Consumerist news, including one former champ, fought it out in the Worst Company Sandbox of… Sand. Each member of this cruddy quartet may be deserving of the Golden Poo, but only two could move on the next round.
COMCAST VS. FACEBOOK
Both of these contenders were dominant in their Round One matches, with Comcast taking nearly 90% of the vote against Yahoo and Facebook earning three times the votes given to DirecTV. But they can’t both win, so today’s bout was to see which of those two drubbings was a true indicator of widespread hate. And while Comcast’s 69% Round Two win is nowhere near the margin of victory it enjoyed in Round One, it’s a clear sign that anyone who wants the Golden Poo will probably have to pry it from the hands of the Kabletown Krew.
But there are still some fights to be fought before we can go crowning any contender. Up next for Comcast is Verizon, which beat fellow telecom titan in the other Round Two action from today…
VERIZON VS. AT&T
We had a hunch going into today’s match between the Death Star and Big V that many voters would be deciding based on which of the company they were customers of, as opposed to AT&T and Verizon’s bigger-picture anti-consumer behavior, like forcing everyone into arbitration, or, ya know, gutting the core of net neutrality. Regardless of why they voted, it was the bigger (at least in terms of wireless customers) company coming out on top, with Verizon barely eking out a narrow victory over its longtime rival.
Given how close this battle was and how well Comcast has performed thus far, it would be a pretty big upset for Verizon to beat Comcast in the quarterfinals. We’ll find out when that voting opens later this week.