Well, we’re getting down to the wire here! There are two excellent choices left in each bracket, and it’s up to you, dear readers, to decide who represents each bracket in the final four… though I will try to convince you with my personal bias.
Get Shit Done – Coach Eric Taylor vs. Derek Shepherd
Coach Eric Taylor, the #1 seed, is basically everything you want in a man. He’s strong but sensitive. He’s a leader, but he listens to those around him. He cares for everyone in his life – from his wonderful wife and his unfortunately bratty daughter to the young men who go to battle on the football field for him. If you have never watched Friday Night Lights, a) do yourself a favor and start, and b) watch this for the scene that (in my opinion) encompasses everything that is Coach Taylor:
As for Derek Shepherd (#3 seed), chances are if you’re a female, you’ve probably watched Grey’s Anatomy at some point in your life. McDreamy is all right – he’s a doctor, and he is handsome, but he might start to date you while he’s still married to someone else and keep that tiny bit of info from you. So if you’re ok with that, vote away.
The Nice Guys – Jim Halpert vs. Marshall Eriksen
This, to me, is the most intriguing match-up of this round. Both Jim (#1) and Marshall (#2) ran away with every vote up until this point. Which nice guy has the advantage when they go head-to-head?
Jim is the guy next door, who you don’t realize is perfect for you. He’s the guy who will give you a tea kettle full of inside jokes for Christmas. He’s also the guy who will lay it all out on the line to let you know how he feels. While I didn’t want to use this scene, because Pam is an idiot who turns him down and stays with Roy for an entire season more, but how can you not fall for a guy who has the guts to do this?
If Marshall is more your type, though, it’s not like you’re making a bad choice. Marshall is a devoted husband, friend, and (soon to be) father. He’s kind of a man child in a lot of ways, but if that’s ok with you, you would be hard pressed to find a more stand up guy. And what’s better than being picked up at the airport by someone you love (and a marching band)? (It’s at 19:15, if you’re pressed for time.)
The Hopeless Romantics – Ted Mosby vs. John Carter
If you don’t watch HIMYM, or if you do and you don’t like Ted (#2 seed, in the only bracket in which the #1 didn’t advance) and you need convincing, I submit for your consideration these two clips:
1. When Stella tells Ted she only has two minutes of free time, he puts together an entire date… in two minutes.
2. Even though Robin insists she’s fine and doesn’t need to be cheered up, Ted takes it upon himself to surprise her with one of the sweetest gestures of all time (and the scene that inspired this blog):
As for Dr. John Carter (at #5, the lowest remaining seed), he isn’t a bad choice by any means:
He’s just not Ted Mosby.
It’s Complicated – Big vs. Tim Riggins
And finally, Big (#1) vs. Riggins (#2). My dislike of Big is thinly veiled, but I’ll allow my friend who’s firmly in the Big camp to describe why you should vote for him: “Big is not perfect, but he will abso-fucking-lutely come through in the end. Always. Sometimes with champagne and red balloons.”
He’ll also cheat on his wife and not show up to your own wedding, but if that’s your thing, who am I to stop you?
As for Riggins, he’s not perfect either. (This is why these guys are in the complicated bracket, not the nice guys bracket.) But when he’s on your side, there’s nothing he won’t do for you. And you’d wake up next to this every day:
(I have a thing for rain. And for hair. And I know I’m not the only one.)
So there you are! Choose wisely, my readers. Slight change of plans on the voting logistics – I was told that hiding the results actually made it less suspenseful, so I’m going to open them back up again for viewing and monitoring. As with the previous rounds, you have 48 hours to vote. The Final Four will be announced on Wednesday morning. May the best men advance.